After the United States evacuated Americans from Diamond Princess over the weekend, Canada and Australia were making plans to repatriate their citizens and permanent residents on chartered aircraft, as well.
Princess said it dropped the additional Sapphire Princess and Majestic Princess cruises due to current port restrictions and closures and lack of predictability regarding port availability for Southeast Asia itineraries going forward.
Cancellations on Sapphire Princess include round-trips from Singapore with departures through March 22, followed by a host of itineraries including Singapore-Yokohama, Yokohama-Singapore, Yokohama-Hong Kong, round-trip Yokohama, round-trip Hong Kong, Singapore-Hong Kong, Hong Kong-Yokohama, and then a series of round-trip Shanghai cruises through the June 11 departure.
Majestic Princess cancellations include the Feb. 22 sailing from Fremantle, Australia, to Singapore, March 12 Singapore-Hong Kong and three round-trip Keelung (Taipei), Taiwan, voyages through the April 2 departure. The ship’s current voyage (Feb. 16 departure) is now ending in Fremantle on Feb. 22.
Passengers on canceled Sapphire and Majestic cruises will get a full refund. Because of the short notice, they’ll also receive a future cruise credit.
Sailings on Diamond Princess, the subject of intense global scrutiny over its ongoing coronavirus outbreak, have been canceled through the April 20 departure from Yokohama.
Princess said it hopes to return Diamond Princess to service April 29 for the start of Japan’s annual Golden Week celebrations.