By Dave Sebastian
Carnival Corp.'s Princess Cruises said it is extending the pause of its U.K.-based cruise voyages from Southampton through Sept. 25 as cruise operators continue to face cross-border restrictions amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
The cruise line on Wednesday said the pause will apply to the Sky Princess, Regal Princess and Island Princess ships. It will start a series of new short coastal cruises departing in late summer on Regal Princess and Sky Princess from Southampton that will go on sale later this month, it said.
Princess said it is reviewing the recent U.K. government guidance on the roadmap to ease lockdown and other travel restrictions. "As we prepare our ships for a return to service, we remain in close contact with the UK Government to monitor the latest travel guidance for international guests," said Princess President Jan Swartz.
The cruise line will automatically rebook guests on canceled voyages on equivalent voyages in 2022, it said, or they could also opt for a future cruise credit worth the full amount plus a non-refundable bonus equal to 10% of the cruise fare paid.
The extension of the suspension comes as cruise operators are nearing a year of sailing hiatus in North America, the main passenger market. Carnival's flagship line has scrapped sailings through the end of May. In the U.S., the timing for voyages ultimately depends on receiving a permit from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is requiring operators to conduct mock sailings and apply for a certificate at least 60 days before offering passenger cruises. Canada has extended its cruising ban until February 2022.
Princess and its sister line, Holland America Line, on Tuesday laid out their 2022-23 seasons that include Antarctica.
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