Cruises: Princess Cruises cancels cruises until the end of June after virus crisis

Princess Cruises, which is owned by Carnival Corp, has extended its cancellations until the end of June because of the coronavirus. Carnival announced Monday that it would extend its cancellation period until June 27.


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But now Princess Cruises has said it would also extend its cancellation period until June 30.

Princess Cruises struggled with the coronavirus after three ships became hotbeds for the infection.

The cruise line originally said it would suspend its voyages of all 18 ships until May 10.

However, cruise lines were thrown into complete disarray when the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention extended its ruling last week.

The CDC lengthened its “no-sail ban” for cruises sailing from and docking at US ports saying it should stay in place for at least “100 days”.

Though officials are allowed to recede the ban, as it stands that means the shutdown to cruising in the area will last well into July.

The ban can only be receded if the US government retracts its state of public health emergency.

In addition, Princess Cruises will confirm modifications to the Alaska season, which includes the cancellation of all Princess Alaska Gulf cruise and cruise tours.

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However, they will continue sailings from Seattle to Alaska on the Emerald Princess and the Ruby Princess.

Jan Swartz, president of Princess Cruises, said that the cruise line’s move is disappointing but that they look forward to “brighter days”.

She said: “This global outbreak continues to challenge our world in unimaginable ways.

“We recognise how disappointing this is to our long-term business partners and thousands of employees, many of whom have been with us in Alaska for decades

“We hope everyone impacted by these cancellations – especially our guests, travel advisor partners, teammates, and the communities we visit – understand our decision to do our part to protect the safety, health and well-being of our guests and team.

“We look forward to the brighter days and smooth seas ahead for all of us.”

Carnival’s Chief Executive Officer Arnold Donald said the company is “working very hard” at trying to find liquidity options.

So far, the cruise industry has been upended by the travel bans and refunds that they are having to give out to customers.

During an interview with CNBC, Mr Donald said the company has cash reserves which will get them through to the end of 2020.

He also added that bookings have been strong for 2021.

Princess Cruises’ ship the Ruby Princess is currently under investigation for homicide in Australia.

The ship has been seen as the country’s main virus source.

Two other cruise ships operated by Princess Cruises also had major infections in Japan and California.

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