Princess Cruises pauses select sailings due to Canada ban
Select Alaska, Canada and New England and Pacific Coastal sailings in 2021 cancelled.
Princess Cruises has extended the pause of cruise holidays to select Alaska, Canada and New England and Pacific Coastal sailings in 2021.
The company said it continues to review and assess its operations as a result of the Canadian Transport Ministry’s Interim Order that extends the closure of Canadian ports and waters to passenger vessels.
The line has cancelled the following voyages for 2021:
- Alaska seven-day ‘Voyage of the Glaciers’ cruises, sailing between Vancouver, B.C. and Anchorage (Whittier)
- Pacific Coastal sailings that start or end in Vancouver, BC
- Canadian Adventure sailing roundtrip from Southampton
Princess said it is engaged with various United States and Canadian government officials to try to preserve a portion of the Alaska and Canada & New England 2021 cruise seasons. In the meantime, it has committed to operating the Kenai Princess Wilderness lodge along with McKinley Chalet Resort in Denali and Westmark Fairbanks Hotel this summer and is currently working on land package details that will be announced shortly.
An alternative Canadian Adventure cruise will sail roundtrip from Southampton in 2022 on Sky Princess. The 25-night ‘Canada and New England’ voyage includes an overnight stay in New York City and guests will visit ports-of-call such as Boston, Rhode Island and Maine in the US, plus Corner Brook, Sydney, Prince Edward Island, Bay of Fundy, Halifax and Newfoundland in Canada. The cruise departs September 24, 2022.
“We share in our guests’ disappointment over these cancelled voyages especially as we have been preparing our ships for our return to service,” said Jan Swartz, president of Princess Cruises. “Princess Cruises has sailed to Alaska for more than 50 years and the incredible Last Frontier is part of our proud heritage. We understand, how much of Alaska is dependent on the cruise economy. We are going to do all we can to help our business partners and the communities of Alaska.”
The most current information and instructions for booked guests affected by these cancellations, and more information on FCCs and refunds, can be found online here.
Holland America Line, a sister line of Princess, has also suspended select cruises. “Holland America Line, in alliance with our entire industry, is optimistic for the resumption of cruising around North America and worldwide,” said Gus Antorcha, president of Holland America Line. “However, we must be practical in our approach by acknowledging the limitations put in place by the current Canadian order that requires us to cancel select sailings. We thank our guests for their patience and understanding and know that they, like us, are eager to see cruising begin again soon.”
Cruises impacted by this pause in operation are:
- Alaska: Cruises through September 2021 to Alaska from all departure ports aboard Koningsdam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Noordam and Zuiderdam. This also includes any Land+Sea Journeys connected with canceled Alaska sailings.
- Pacific Coastal: Two sailings in early October aboard Koningsdam and Oosterdam.
- Canada/New England: Three cruises aboard Zaandam departing in September 2021.