The spread of coronavirus has caused Carnival, the world’s largest cruise company, to cancel all journeys of its Princess Cruises line for two months. The company announced that it would pause the voyages of 18 ships between March 12 and May 10, in order to reassure passengers, employees, and investors. Passengers currently aboard one of the ships will be allowed to complete their journeys as long as the cruise is set to end within five days — those on longer voyages will disembark early.
Jan Swartz, president of Princess Cruises, said in a statement, “By taking this bold action of voluntarily pausing the operations of our ships, it is our intention to reassure our loyal guests, team members and global stakeholders of our commitment to the health, safety, and well-being of all who sail with us, as well as those who do business with us, and the countries and communities we visit around the world.”
Princess Cruises carries over 50,000 passengers from 70 countries aboard its ships each day. As the coronavirus hit two Princess Cruises sailings hard these past months, the public is understandably wary of booking a cruise vacation.
Passengers affected by the cancelations will be given a credit for 100 percent of the cost to be applied to a future cruise.