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***Important Policy Information***

Cruise Restart Policies as of 18 June 2021

  • Alaska sailings: Princess Cruises will resume operations 25 July through 26 September 2021, with seven-day cruises on Majestic Princess to Glacier Bay National Park, Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan.
  • Regal Princess and Sky Princess will be sailing in July 2021 out of Southampton (for UK residents only)

Starting between 25 September and 28 November 2021, cruises onboard eight Princess MedallionClass ships will once again take guests to the Caribbean, Panama Canal, Mexico, Hawaii, and the California Coast.

  • Majestic Princess and Grand Princess: Los Angeles once again provides the springboard to a variety of destinations, including the California Coast and Mexico on seven-night cruises, and the Islands of Hawaii on 15-night cruises. Also available are three- to five-night Getaway cruises to the California Coast and Mexico.
  • Ruby Princess: Sailing out of the iconic Port of San Francisco, Ruby Princess will start with seven-night California Coast cruises before adding 15-night cruises exploring four distinct island jewels in Hawaii and 10-night Mexico cruises to the line-up.
  • Enchanted Princess: Begins with two brand new cruises from Ft. Lauderdale to start her existing inaugural season of 10-night cruises to the Southern and Eastern Caribbean.
  • Sky Princess, Regal Princess and Caribbean Princess: From Ft. Lauderdale, guests can island hop through the Caribbean with three-, five-, seven- and 14-night cruises available in the Eastern Caribbean that visit some of the best-known beaches in the world and the Western Caribbean that allows guests to explore Ancient Mayan Ruins and the beauty of unspoiled coral reefs and underwater caves.
  • Crown Princess: Travels to the Panama Canal, from Ft. Lauderdale, on a series of 10-night cruises to this iconic cruise wonder of the world.

Will I need to be vaccinated?

All guests and crew must be fully vaccinated, at least 2 weeks prior to embarkation, in order to board.

Will I need to wear a mask onboard?

Face coverings are currently required for guests while indoors except for in their own accommodations and while eating and drinking in restaurants, bars and lounges or outdoors when physical distancing is not possible.

Before You Book - Flexible Booking Policy

Book with Confidence. Giving you the flexibility to change your plans.

If you feel ill and need to change your plans, Princess protect your cruise investment. Under the temporary Book with Confidence policy, they’ve taken the worry out of booking your next cruise:

  • Cancel up to 30 days before you sail, and get your cancellation fees back as a Future Cruise Credit.
    • Applies to bookings made through 30 June 2021.
    • Applies to voyages departing through 31 December 2021.
  • Final Payment has been moved to 60-days prior to sailing.
    • Applies to voyages departing through 30 September 2021.
  • NEW: Within 30 days of your sail date, they've got you covered with their COVID-19 Protection Programme - This new policy within their Cruise with Confidence programme provides reassurance if you are within 30 days of sailing, all the way through to disembarking from your cruise. It is designed to assist you if, as a result of being suspected of having COVID-19 or testing positive for COVID-19, you may be unable to travel to your cruise embarkation port, may be denied boarding, may be quarantined on board or disembarked early. COVID-19 Protection Programme is available on all cruises sailing through 31 December 2021, for bookings made on or before 30 June 2021.

Cancellation Policy as of 16 March 2021

For guests booked on a cancelled cruise, Princess will offer to move guests to a choice of an equivalent cruise in 2021 or 2022. The rebooking process will have the added benefit of protecting the guests’ 2021 fare on their replacement cruise. Alternatively, guests can choose a future cruise credit (FCC) equivalent to 100% of the cruise fare paid plus an additional non-refundable bonus FCC equal to 10% of the cruise fare paid (minimum £25) or a full refund to the original form of payment.

Paused Sailings as of 13 May 2021

While Princess Cruises continues to work with various government and port authorities to finalise its additional plans for return to cruising and due to ongoing international travel restrictions, the company is cancelling the following cruise holidays:

California Coast and Mexico sailings on Ruby Princess through 21 August 2021

Caribbean sailings on Caribbean Princess through 21 August 2021

Remaining 2021 Mediterranean season on Enchanted Princess
Diamond Princess Cruises including Japan through 08 November 2021

Cruises from Seattle through 27 June 2021

Cruises from Los Angeles, Ft. Lauderdale and Rome through 30 June 2021

2021 Europe Cruises to and from Southampton through 25 September 2021

2021 Canada & New England Cruise from Southampton

Health and Safety Protocols

Enhancing Health Screenings

Taking steps to implement COVID-19 appropriate pre-embarkation screening, including:

  • mandatory enhanced pre-embarkation health screenings, including 100% testing for  COVID-19 prior to embarkation, touchless temperature checks and health questionnaires, in accordance with the latest guidelines
  • Princess will refer anyone with signs and symptoms of COVID-19 , or who are identified at-risk, for additional medical screening before allowing them to board
    • secondary screenings (and health checks throughout the cruise) when necessary
    • contact tracing is planned for every cruise

Responsible Physical Distancing

  • Across the fleet Princess is making it easier to practice physical distancing by managing the timing, size and flow of groups in onboard venues and for events and helping you make informed decisions about what to do on board. Entertainment programs and restaurants will be designed to enhance physical distancing.
  • Physical distancing will also be maintained throughout check-in and embarkation, and will be required in terminals, on board ships, on private islands, and during shore excursions.


When physical distancing can’t be maintained, or when mandated by public health authorities, masks will be required on board, at private islands, and during shore excursions. Masks must be worn in terminals, during embarkation and disembarkation.

Personal Hygiene

Guests will be encouraged to use the hand-washing sinks and hand sanitiser dispensers at venue entrances and in high-traffic areas throughout the ship. Guests will be asked to follow health information about the ways to stay healthy on board and when ashore through daily programming, entertainment systems, announcements, in-stateroom literature and the Princess app. There will be no self-service for meals. Princess will do the serving for you.

Safe Shoreside Experiences

Princess is working with local authorities, destinations and tour operators so that the enhanced health and safety measures on board are maintained ashore. Princess will follow the health protocols for every port visited. There may be a reduction in the capacity of excursions and tour vehicles. Only shore excursions that comply with prescribed protocols will be permitted, with strict adherence required of all guests and denial of re-boarding for any guests who do not comply.

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