Coronavirus: Princess Cruises temporarily halts sailings for 60 days

Princess Cruises temporarily halts sailings for 60 days as coronavirus spreads

Princess Cruises has announced that it will be temporarily stopping its voyages due to the spread of COVID-19, or the new coronavirus.

The announcement came Thursday in a press release.

Company officials said it was a voluntary decision.

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Cruises that had been scheduled to depart on March 12 through May 10 are impacted.

More than 50,000 people sail on Princess Cruises daily, according to company data.

If a cruise is already in the middle of a voyage, they will continue for the next five days with their current itinerary. Ones that continue past March 17 will “be ended at the most convenient location for guests, factoring in operational requirements,” the company said.

Princess Cruises is allowing its guests to transfer all money paid for a canceled cruise to a future one of their choice. They will also get other benefits like credits that can be used for the cruise fare or onboard expenses. If a passenger decided to cancel their cruise on or after Feb. 4, a future cruise credit will be able to be used on any trip through May 1, 2022.

If cruise credits are not an option for some guests, they can fill out a form for a cash refund.

A Coast Guard patrol boat keeps watch on the Grand Princess cruise ship while docked at the Port of Oakland Wednesday, March 11, 2020, in Oakland, Calif. After days of being forced to idle off the Northern California coast, the ship docked Monday at Oakland with about 3,500 passengers and crew, including some who tested positive for the new virus. The company has decided to temporarily cancel cruises for 60 days.
A Coast Guard patrol boat keeps watch on the Grand Princess cruise ship while docked at the Port of Oakland Wednesday, March 11, 2020, in Oakland, Calif. After days of being forced to idle off the Northern California coast, the ship docked Monday at Oakland with about 3,500 passengers and crew, including some who tested positive for the new virus. The company has decided to temporarily cancel cruises for 60 days. (Ben Margot/AP)