Princess Cruises to resume U.S. departures in September

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Princess will be back in the U.S. on Sept. 25, when the Grand Princess departs Los Angeles on a five-day Cabo San Lucas cruise. Photo Credit: Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises will resume sailing from U.S. ports in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Fort Lauderdale, starting in September.

Guests must have had their final dose of an approved Covid-19 vaccine at least two weeks before their cruise departs and provide proof of vaccination. Crews will be vaccinated in accordance with CDC guidelines, Princess said. The cruise line has also implemented new protocols and enhanced sanitization onboard.

Princess will deploy eight ships between Sept. 25 and Nov. 28. The line's first sailing will be a five-day Cabo San Lucas cruise on the Grand Princess departing Los Angeles on Sept. 25.

The Majestic Princess and Grand Princess will sail from Los Angeles to the California coast, Mexico and Hawaii. The Ruby Princess will sail out of San Francisco to destinations in California, Mexico and Hawaii.

The Enchanted Princess will sail from Fort Lauderdale to the southern and eastern Caribbean. The Sky Princess, Regal Princess and Caribbean Princess will sail from Fort Lauderdale to the eastern and western Caribbean.

The Crown Princess will sail to the Panama Canal from Fort Lauderdale.

As a result of the announcement of U.S. sailings, Princess said some cruises will be canceled, as will the Island Princess' remaining Europe and transatlantic season.

Princess will price-protect a replacement voyage, or guests can opt to receive a future cruise credit of 100% of the cruise fare paid plus an additional bonus credit of 10%. Guests can also opt for a full refund.

Guests will automatically receive the option of a future cruise credit unless they request otherwise by July 17. FCCs are good for sailings through Dec. 31, 2022.

"As we continue our return to service, it is a thrill for us to be able to bring more cruise vacation options to our travel-starved guests," Princess president Jan Swartz said in a statement. "We appreciate the support of government and port officials who we worked closely with to make these travel opportunities available, in a thoughtful and safe way, for our guests."

Details on dining, entertainment and shore excursions are expected in the coming weeks.

All of Princess' ships offer the OceanMedallion, a wearable device that offers touchless embarkation and disembarkation, keyless stateroom entry and contactless commerce.

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