The cruise ship Diamond Princess (IMO 9228198), which for a while early in 2020 was up there with some countries when it came to infection levels and fatalities as a result of the still-to-be-officially-named Covid-19, will not return to sailing before the spring of 2022, its operator Princess Cruises said on Wednesday August 25th.
Princess Cruises, a subsidiary of Carnival Corp, said that it had cancelled the ship’s planned cruise in South America in 2021 that was meant to mark its return to service. It also cancelled the ship’s planned Antarctica voyage, which had been set for spring next year.
Diamond Princess will now makes its return next year with a season of sailings in Japan, which was the country where it was stranded in last year following hundreds of infections onboard. During January the ship had the biggest concentration of cases outside China.
Princess Cruises, which restarted sailing last month, has also delayed the return of service for its Island Princess (IMO 9230402) cruise ship.
As of August 26th the Diamond Princess was at anchor in the Eastern Mediterranean, north of Cyprus. The Island Princess was moored in the port of Marseille.
2004-built, UK-flagged, 115,906 gt Diamond Princess is owned and managed by Princess Cruise Lines of Valencia, California, USA. It is entered with Steamship Mutual and with UK Club.
2003-built, Bermuda-flagged, 92,822 gt Island Princess is owned by Brittany Shipping Corp Ltd care of manager Princess Cruise Lines of Valencia, California, USA. It is entered with Steamship Mutual and UK Club.