Princess Cruises plots autumn US return to service

Princess Cruises plans to return to sailing from US ports this autumn after an absence of at least 18 months.

The line aims to return to service from Los Angeles, San Francisco and Fort Lauderdale between September 25 and November 28.

Eight ships will be deployed to the Caribbean, Panama Canal, Mexico, Hawaii and the California coast.

The planned restart follows collaboration with government officials, and “evolving guidance” from the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

However, the company said: “To accommodate this restart, select cruises will be cancelled as well as the remaining Europe and transatlantic season for Island Princess.”

The US resumption includes:

  • Majestic Princess and Grand Princess from Los Angeles
  •  Ruby Princess from San Francisco
  • Crown Princess. Enchanted Princess, Sky Princess, Regal Princess and Caribbean Princess from Fort Lauderdale

Passengers will need to have received their final dose of an approved Covid-19 vaccine at least 14 nights prior to each cruise and have proof of vaccination. Crew vaccinations will be in accordance with CDC guidelines.

Dining, entertainment, and shore excursion details are being finalised and will be communicated in the coming weeks, according to the company.

“We will continue to monitor the latest guidance from the CDC as well as local, state and federal officials in the ports we sail from and those we visit and will adjust our on board protocols and vaccination requirements, as necessary. Should our vaccination approach change, we would notify guests prior to final payment,” Princess Cruises said.

President Jan Swartz added: “As we continue our return to service, it is a thrill for us to be able to bring more cruise vacation options to our travel-starved guests.

“We appreciate the support of government and port officials who we worked closely with to make these travel opportunities available, in a thoughtful and safe way, for our guests.”

The company’s Regal Princess and Sky Princess are to run UK coastal cruises this summer while Majestic Princess is sailing in Alaska.

Meanwhile, parent company Carnival Corporation is to give a second quarter business update on June 24.

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