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Sept. 23 update: Discovery Princess delay, Carnival Corp. restart on pace, Scenic confirms Antarctica

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Discovery Princess is pictured before its float-out in March at Fincantieri's Monfalcone shipyard
Here's a quick read of some of today’s coronavirus-recovery cruise news. This is being updated throughout the day.

First four Discovery Princess sailings canceled

Princess Cruises canceled the first four cruises on the new Discovery Princess. The maiden sailing will now be March 27, 2022.

Travelers may move to an equivalent replacement cruise at the same fare, receive a refundable 100% future cruise credit that may be applied to any voyage sailing by Dec. 31, 2022, or request a full refund.

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More than 50% of Carnival fleet in service by end-October

Carnival Corp. & plc said it's on pace for passenger operations to resume on 42 ships — more than 50% of its fleet — through the end of October. The ships span eight of the company's nine brands — all but P&O Cruises Australia.

The progress is part of Carnival Corp.'s previously announced goal to return 65% of capacity to begin the New Year.

The Carnival brands are taking a phased-in approach with sailings from major global ports in multiple regions around the world, including the US, Mexico, Caribbean, UK, Western Europe and the Mediterranean, among others.

Carnival Cruise Line plans to have 13 ships carrying passengers in October, rising to 17 ships by year-end. Princess Cruises aims to have six ships sailing in October, with eight operating by year-end. Holland America Line expects to have four ships operating in October and six by year-end, and plans for all 11 ships in its fleet to be in service by spring 2022. Seabourn expects to operate its full fleet by spring 2022, including new expedition ship Seabourn Venture's first sailing in April.

Costa Cruises aims to have five ships operating in October, with six by the end of 2021. AIDA Cruises plans to have eight ships carrying passengers by next month and 10 by year-end. P&O Cruises (UK) expects to field three ships in October, four by the end of the year. Additionally, P&O plans to operate its full fleet by spring 2022. Cunard aims for two of its three ships in service by the end of 2021 and has announced its remaining vessel will return in spring 2022.

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Scenic Eclipse will resume Antarctica service in January

Scenic confirms January Antarctica restart

Scenic reaffirmed it will resume sailings to Antarctica early next year, with Scenic Eclipse commencing its 16-day ‘Antarctica in Depth’ voyage from Ushuaia Jan. 6. 

After an almost two-year hiatus, the line is marking the event with a complimentary one-way business class flight upgrade with British Airways on selected Antarctica voyages departing January, February or March. 

New bookings come with savings of up to 20% and free private door-to-door, chauffeur-driven transfers.

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