SANTA CLARITA, Calif. -- Princess Cruises canceled the first four
cruises on its upcoming Sapphire Princess, which will now debut
June 13, about a month later than planned.
A Princess spokeswoman said the ship is still slated for an
on-time delivery, but Princess had been too optimistic about an
early delivery when it put together its 2004 schedules.
"It became apparent as we draw closer that an early delivery
will not be possible," she said.
The line is automatically moving passengers to sailings of the
identical Diamond Princess, which offers a similar Sapphire
itinerary -- seven-day roundtrip Alaska sailings from Seattle --
but with a departure on Saturday instead of Sunday.
Passengers will receive a $50 onboard credit; agents will
receive a rebooking bonus.
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