Princess Cruises cancels sailings due to labor issues

Even though some cruise lines have already resolved their staffing shortages, for Princess Cruises the situation has forced the cancellation of 11 trips.

The cruise line has announced that a limited number of cruises are canceled for the diamond princess cruise ship on the west coast of the United States, which delayed its return to service.

Diamond Princess cruises canceled

Princess Cruises has been forced to cancel a limited number of voyages for the diamond princess cruise ship, which includes departures from San Diego, California. It comes as the cruise line faces labor shortages as occupancy levels rise on its ships.

Princess Cruises said, “Over the past year, we have operated hundreds of cruises thanks to the tens of thousands of our Princess team members who have joined our fleet to deliver exceptional Princess vacations. However, like others in the global industry of the trip, we encountered labor issues.

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This means the cruise line has canceled a total of 11 trips for the diamond princess cruise ship departing San Diego, CA from September 1, 2022 to November 13, 2022.

Princess wants to ensure that the guest experience on board remains exceptional and by canceling voyages it allows more time to increase crew levels.

The cruise line continued to state, “With increasing occupancy levels on ships that have already returned to service and our commitment to ensuring the Princess experience is exceptional, Princess has made the difficult decision to cancel a limited number of voyages (11 sailings) on the Diamond. Princess from September 1, 2022 to November 13, 2022.”

Replacement journeys for affected passengers

The good news is that affected customers have the option of alternate travel departing in 2022 or 2023, but departing from Los Angeles, California, rather than San Diego.

Cruises would also be offered not with the diamond princessbut with Discovery Princess Where crown princess.

Customers who choose to transfer their booking to one of the replacement voyages will have $100 onboard spending money per person, and the added benefit of knowing their current cruise fare will be protected.

Princess Cruises Replacement Voyages
Princess Cruises Replacement Voyages

Any pre- or post-cruise transfers between the airport and the dock will automatically transfer to the alternate voyage. Any other pre-package not purchased with the cruise fare will be automatically refunded.

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Alternatively, guests can choose to receive $100 onboard credit in addition to accepting a 100% future cruise credit that can be used to book another Princess cruise that departs by December 31, 2023.

There is also the possibility of a full refund which must be requested via an online form before September 8, 2022.

Diamond Princess is waiting to come back

The Princess cruise ship that made headlines when the global pandemic began to impact the cruise industry around 2020 is still waiting to return to cruising.

Diamond Princess cruise ship
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The ship has already been on hiatus for more than two years, and before the announced cancellations, the ship was scheduled to resume sailings with guests on September 1, 2022 from San Diego. This included this first five-night trip which included visits to San Francisco in California and Ensendada in Mexico.

The ship’s first return voyage will now depart San Diego on November 13 on a seven-night itinerary including stops in Loreto, La Paz and Cape San Lucas.

The Diamond princess is 115,875 gross tons and has a capacity of 2,670 people in double occupancy, as well as 1,100 crew members.

Diamond Princess cruise ship