Princess Cruises cancels early 2021 World Cruises

Due to restrictions and limitations with border and port access determined by government and health authorities and the continued uncertainty of airline travel, Princess Cruises is cancelling its early 2021 World Cruises and Circle South America cruises.

Following the continued progression of COVID-19 resulting in uncertain travel conditions Princess Cruises has announced it is cancelling its early 2021 World Cruises and Circle South America cruises. The cancelled cruises include:

  • Island Princess 2021 World Cruise sailing from North America, including associated segments and remaining voyages sailing immediately prior
  • Pacific Princess 2021 Circle South America sailing from Australia, including associated positioning cruises

The 111-day World Cruise aboard Island Princess was scheduled to depart from Ft. Lauderdale on January 3, 2021, and from Los Angeles on January 17, 2021. During her global journey she would have sailed 34,000 nautical miles and crossed the Equator twice. Island Princess would have visited 50 destinations in 32 countries across six continents.

Pacific Princess was scheduled to set sail for a 90-day Circle South America roundtrip from Sydney, Australia, on January 3, 2021. Highlights would have included an overnight in Rio de Janeiro during the world-renowned Carnival and visits to off-the-beaten-path destinations like Easter Island and Ilhabela.

In a statement Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president said: “We share in the disappointment of this cancellation for guests of our world cruises because it’s a pinnacle cruise vacation experience, booked by some of our most loyal guests.”

Guests currently booked on these cancelled voyages will receive a refundable Future Cruise Credit (FCC) equivalent to 100% of the cruise fare paid plus an additional non-refundable bonus FCC equal to 25% of the cruise fare paid. To receive the above FCCs, no action is required by the guest.

Alternatively, guests can forfeit the bonus FCC offer and request a refund for all money paid on their booking by using this online form. Guests have until September 30, 2020 to elect a refund, or they will automatically receive the default offer listed above.    

Also read: Diamond Princess sets sail to South America and Antarctica

The most current information and instructions for booked guests affected by these cancellations, and more information on FCCs and refunds, can be found here.

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