Princess Cruises has confirmed it will extend its pause in operations for cruises departing from Australia and New Zealand through to May 31st next year.
Princess Cruises has completed the official transfer of Golden Princess and Star Princess to P&O Cruises Australia. Both ships played an instrumental role in the evolution of Princess.
Captain Nick Nash, a 31-year veteran of Princess Cruises, has been promoted to the rank of commodore of the global fleet, the seventh in the history of the line.
The 2021 summer programme will see three Royal-class ships based in Europe, including the newest addition to the fleet – Enchanted Princess.
Princess Cruises has announced the sale of two of its ships, Sun Princess and Sea Princess, as part of a wider shrinking of the fleet at owner Carnival Corporation.
There is still no sign of a significant return for the cruise industry, with Carnival Cruise Line the latest line to postpone a resumption of operations.
The decision was blamed on restrictions and limitations with border and port access determined by health authorities and the continued uncertainty of airline travel.
Having made global headlines as a hotbed of Covid-19 earlier this year, Diamond Princess is being repositioned to South America. A total of 14 passengers died onboard the vessel in February.
The cruises will sail roundtrip from Southampton on the 3,080-guest Crown Princess, which will be based in the UK from April to October next year.
All sailing in and out of Australia will be scrapped through to the end of October, while elsewhere there will be no departures before mid-December.
Under the new plans, Majestic Princess will arrive on the West Coast to set sail for her inaugural Alaska season, while Regal Princess will be returning to Europe.
Princess Cruises will welcome Majestic Princess to Los Angeles for this first-time next year, visiting top destinations including Mexico, Hawaii and the California coast.