Princess Cruises Issues New Cancellation Policy

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Due to the worldwide outbreak of coronavirus / COVID-19, Princess cruise ships seem to be in the news almost every day.   On Thursday night, Princess Cruises sent out an email to their travel partners to announce that the cruise line has temporarily revised their cancellation policy.  

Grand Princess cruises to Sitka Alaska
Grand Princess in Sitka, Alaska, last season.

Princess Cruises Revised Final Payment Due Dates

The details for the new final payment requirements depend on the departure date.   The cancellation policy listed below apply to both cruises and cruisetours around the world, for existing and even new bookings.  If you have a cruise departure date from June 1, 2020 t0 June 30, 2020, your final payment due date has been extended. 

Date of Departure Benefit
April 3, 2020 or earlier Cancel up to 72 hours before sailing to receive Future Cruise Credit (FCC) for 100% of cancellation fees
April 4, 2020 – May 31, 2020 Cancel by March 31 and receive Future Cruise Credit for 100% of cancellation fees
June 1, 2020 – June 30, 2020 Final Payment moves to 60 days prior to sailing

Princess Cruises determines that the date of departure is from the start date of your cruise or cruisetour, whichever is earlier. This excludes charter cruises.

If you’ve already booked your cruise and it’s scheduled to depart between March 9 and May31, you will receive the following Onboard Credits:

  • $100 USD / $150 AUD per stateroom for 3 and 4 day cruises
  • $150 USD / $225 AUD per stateroom for 5 day cruises
  • $200 USD / $300 AUD per stateroom for 6 day and longer cruises

Crown Princess Mediterranean itineraries are undergoing some changes.  Princess will inform guests of a special offer sometime next week. 

Cancellation and final payment details

Princess Cruises cancellation policy states that Future Cruise Credits (FCC) are non-refundable and non-transferable.  An FCC may be applied to new bookings or it can be applied to a Princess Cruise that you’ve already booked as long as it departs before December 31, 2021.

If you’ve already made final payment on an upcoming cruise and you decide to cancel, you actually have until 59 days before the cruise to cancel the booking without penalty.  

Receiving your Future Cruise Credit

Princess Cruises will automatically apply the Future Cruise Credit to your Captain’s Circle account once the reservation is canceled.  It isn’t instantaneous so the credits may take up to 10 business days before you see them on your account.

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