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Princess Cruises cancels biggest Australasia season

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The 3,560-passenger Regal Princess was to have made her debut in Sydney in December
What was to have been Princess Cruises’ biggest 2020/21 season in Australasia is another victim of COVID-19.

The company has decided to pause all cruises in Australasia until May 31.

Regal Princess debut

It had planned to debut the 3,560-passenger Regal Princess in Sydney from December until April.

Regal Princess was to have joined her sister Royal-class ship Majestic Princess for a programme of voyages to New Zealand and the South Pacific.

Two Royal-class ships

SVP Asia Pacific Stuart Allison said it would have been the first time in history that Princess Cruises had deployed two Royal-class ships from the same homeport outside of Florida.

Five ships and 123 cruises

In all, there were plans for five Princess ships, with capacity for 13,790-passengers, to sail 123 cruises from six homeports Down Under in the 2020/21 season.

The company said the pause has been caused by the uncertainty of when international travel restrictions will be lifted.

Credits or refunds

Passengers will receive a refundable future cruise credit of 100% of the fare paid, plus a non-refundable bonus equal to 25% of the fare.

Alternatively, they have until November 30 to request a full refund.

Travel agent commissions for cancelled cruises that were paid in full have been protected.

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