Princess Cruises cancels weeklong (and longer) US voyages through November 2021
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Princess Cruises announced on Friday that it’s extending its pause in operations again, impacting all of its cruises scheduled through March 31, 2021, and cruises longer than seven days sailing in and out of U.S. ports through Nov. 1, 2021. It’s also canceling cruises in and out of Japan through June 25, 2021.
The Carnival Corp.-owned cruise line said the extended pause was necessary to meet preparations required under the conditional sailing order rules set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC.) The CDC’s framework requires cruise ship operators to plan for testing, quarantining, social distancing and other health precautions amid the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19.
Princess Cruises announced on Friday that it’s extending its pause in operations again, impacting all of its cruises scheduled through March 31, 2021. (Scott Varley/MediaNews Group/Daily Breeze via Getty Images)
CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE SUSPENDS ALL US SAILINGS THROUGH JANUARY
Princess isn’t the only cruise line to cancel trips into next year. Carnival Cruise Line announced this week that it was canceling all U.S. cruises through the end of January, plus cruises embarking from some cities into February and March. Royal Caribbean Group has also suspended its sailings through the end of 2020.
Passengers are apparently eager to return to the seas, even as the pandemic escalates. On Sunday, Royal Caribbean CEO Michael Bayley said that 100,000 people have volunteered as passengers for the company’s trial cruises that are required for the CDC’s conditional sail order.