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Princess Cruises extends 'Book with Confidence' and vaccination mandate

Princess hope the policy will give travelers the confidence to book summer vacations now. Here, Ruby Princess in Tracy Arm, Alaska
Princess Cruises extended its 'Book with Confidence' policy and will continue to operate vaccinated cruises, as defined by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Book with Confidence is now applies to all cruises departing through September 2022, for all bookings made by March 2. This allows travelers to change their plans up to 30 days before the day of departure, receiving cancellation fees as a future cruise credit to book another voyage when the time is right.

COVID-19 Protection Program

Within this policy, the COVID-19 Protection Program provides reassurance if cruisers are within 30 days of sailing, all the way through to disembarking from their cruise. It’s designed to assist booked travelers if, as a result of being suspected of having or testing positive for COVID-19, or as a result of government travel restrictions put in place within 30 days of embarkation, they may be unable to travel to the embarkation port, may be denied boarding, may be quarantined on board or disembarked early.

Boosting confidence for summer vacations

'With the extension of our Book with Confidence program, we’re giving cruisers the confidence to book a summer vacation now, knowing they have flexibility in case they need to alter their plans,' said Deanna Austin, chief commercial officer, Princess.

Vaccination requirement doesn't exempt kids under 5

Under the vaccination policy, passengers need to have their final dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to their sailing date and have proof of vaccination.

Since COVID-19 vaccines are not widely available for children under 5, for the time being Princess is limiting cruising to vaccinated travelers 5 and older.

The line also offers Princess Vacation Protection that provides full purchase protection in the form of a future cruise credit or a reimbursement of the normally nonrefundable cancellation fees, depending on the reason for changed plans. This program also covers passengers during their cruise, including lost or damaged luggage protection, emergency excess medical expenses and emergency evacuation, and trip interruption coverage which provides a pro-rated refund if illness interrupts the cruise. It also covers extra costs associated with trip delays or interruptions.

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