Princess Cruises announced Tuesday it had canceled its early 2021 World Cruises and Circle South America cruises on two ships.
The decision was made due to restrictions and limitations with border and port access determined by government and health authorities and the continued uncertainty of airline travel.
Officials from Princess Cruises revealed the Island Princess’ 2021 World Cruise sailing from North America, including associated segments and remaining voyages sailing immediately prior, was officially canceled.
In addition, the cruise line said the Pacific Princess’ 2021 Circle South America sailing from Australia, including associated positioning cruises, had been abandoned.
“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,” Princess Cruises president Jan Swartz said in a statement.
Travelers currently booked on the canceled voyages are eligible to receive a refundable Future Cruise Credit (FCC) equivalent to 100 percent of the cruise fare paid plus an additional non-refundable bonus FCC equal to 25 percent of the cruise fare paid.
Impacted passengers can also forfeit the bonus FCC offer and request a refund for all money paid on their booking by using an online form. Guests have until September 30 to elect a refund or they will automatically receive the default FCC offer.
Princess will protect travel advisor commissions on bookings for canceled cruises paid in full, in recognition of the critical role they play in Princess Cruises’ business and success.