Princess Cruises is to suspend global operations of its 18 cruise ships for two months out of what it described as an abundance of caution.
“It is our intention to reassure our loyal guests, team members and global stakeholders of our commitment to the health, safety and well-being of all who sail with us,” said Jan Swartz, president of Princess Cruises.
All operations will be suspended from March 12th to May 10th.
“It is our intention to reassure our loyal guests, team members and global stakeholders of our commitment to the health, safety and well-being of all who sail with us, as well as those who do business with us, and the countries and communities we visit around the world,” Swartz said.
Passengers currently on cruises scheduled to end within the next five days will continue to sail as expected so onward travel arrangements are not disrupted. However, voyages that extend past March 17th will be cut short at a convenient disembarkation location for guests.
All guests affected will be have the option to transfer 100% of money paid to a future cruise of their choosing. Princess said that it would provide additional “generous future cruise credit” to be used for cruise fare or onboard expenses.
“While this is a difficult business decision, we firmly believe it is the right one and is in alignment with our company’s core values,” Swartz said in a video posted to YouTube on Thursday March 12th. He added that the company would use the time to prepare Princess Cruises’ fleet for return to service.