Princess Cruises cancels majority of trips to December 15th

Princess Cruises has extended the pause in most of its operations until December 15th 2020, which will mark nine months that the ships have not been taking on new holidaymakers.

At the moment the trade group Cruise Lines International Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have a no-sail order that runs until September 30th.

Princess Cruises has cancelled sailings out of Australia until October 31st. All sailings in Asia, Caribbean, California Coast, Hawaii, Mexico, Panama Canal, South America, Antarctica, Japan, and Tahiti/South Pacific have been cancelled through to December 15th. The brand cited the continued progression of Covid-19 and the concomitant decisions taken by governments, health authorities, and airlines regarding travel restrictions.

Industry executive Adam Goldstein, speaking as the Chairman of CLIA, told a media briefing that it was important not to read too much into a particular date. He said that the industry would work with each destination and regulators to ensure the safety of passengers, crew, and the destinations before resuming service in a particular region. Goldstein did however emphasize the closeness of the current target dates announced by both CLIA and the CDC for the possible resumption of operations.