Well folks…it’s now official. COVID-19 has affected much of the world and now has reached out to touch us as well. We are sad to say that Princess Cruise Lines has suspended ALL their cruises for the next two months up to May 10, 2020.
Although it is unfortunate, from a purely selfish perspective as we (like MANY others) were looking forward to this cruise, it is also the right thing for them to do. Not only have they had their fair share of news headlines of late, the entire travel industry has been severly impacted. (Yes, I know it’s not JUST the travel industry, but that’s what I’m talking about here.)
To their credit, Princess Cruise Lines have very much stepped up to the plate given the impact this overall cancellation will have on thousands of their faithful cruise passengers. As compensation, passengers now have a choice:
1) Take a Future Cruise Credit (valid to May 1, 2022) in the amount of 150% of their exisiting cruise price OR
2) Take a Future Cruise Credit (valid to May 1, 2022) in the amount of 25% of their exisiting cruise price as well as 100% refund of their existing cruise price (back to thier credit card or however they originally paid).
We have elected the second choice primarily due to not really being sure how long this world-wide pandemic will last as well as personal health reasons. Cruising is still (hopefully) very much in our future, but right now it’s up in the air as to when it will be.
We fully approve of Princess’s decision (other cruise lines have made different choices) and will continue to book with them in the future. If any of you have considered cruising, please consider Princess Cruise Lines. No…this is in no way a ‘commercial’ for them, nor are we compensated in any way for this (our blog readership is too small to have a serious impact). We just want our readers to know we support Princess and encourage others to keep them in mind.
Keep watching our blog…we WILL be back. 🙂