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April 9, 2021 Regal Princess cruise canceled

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Just received the following email from Princess:

 

VOYAGE CANCELLATION - APRIL 9, 2021 - REGAL PRINCESS
Please be advised that due to deployment changes, Regal Princess' 26-day Hawaii, Tahiti & South Pacific Crossing voyage departing April 9, 2021 has been cancelled. The deposit paid on this booking can be transferred to any new voyage. Should you decide to rebook to this or any other sailing, you will receive an onboard credit of USD $15 per person (credit applies to first two guests on the booking; replacement cruise must be booked by December 31, 2020). We will be reaching out to you directly to discuss your plans, or you may contact us at 1-800-774-6237 (North America), 0344 338 8663 (United Kingdom), 13 24 88 (Australia), or 0800 780717 (New Zealand). If we do not hear from you within 30 days, we will process a refund of any payments received to the original form of payment. We sincerely apologize for any disappointment this cancellation may cause and look forward to welcoming you aboard another Princess cruise in the future.

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We were idly looking at that itinerary, though feared that April 2021 was too soo for us. There is no similar itinerary is there ?

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Per the Princess Cruise UK Twitter account, it's because the Regal will now be Southampton based next year, replacing the Grand.

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This link here [https://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/23202-princess-shuffles-alaska-and-europe-deployment-for-2021.html] provides background.

 

 

In summer 2021:

Majestic now replaces Regal (Alaska)

Regal now replaces Grand (Southampton)

Grand now comes back to the West Coast for a full-time summer (Los Angeles), which is rare for Princess

 

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1 hour ago, snoozecrooze said:

This link here [https://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/23202-princess-shuffles-alaska-and-europe-deployment-for-2021.html] provides background.

 

 

In summer 2021:

Majestic now replaces Regal (Alaska)

Regal now replaces Grand (Southampton)

Grand now comes back to the West Coast for a full-time summer (Los Angeles), which is rare for Princess

 

Thanks for the update.  I had assumed canceling our cruise had a lot to do with the Regal not going to Australia and returning to the west coast for the AK season. Looks like a bit of shuffling around of ships.  I imagine there will be more to come. So now we wait for 2022 to hopefully make the Sydney to US cruise. 

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My niece cruise for carnival was cancelled

she only paid the deposit and she got $600 OBC

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We were really looking forward to this. Now, we may cancel our

Regal New Zealand cruise which was ending on April 9th. This

was to be our ride home to Washington State.

 

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$15???  Hurry and rebook!!  🤩

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The $15 was usually what they gave you for a cruise that was cancelled a year or more before embarkation date, before passengers would have expenses associated with air or hotels.  Folks could conceivably have booked flights already or secured hotel rooms.  Hopefully if anyone has purchased those things, they are refundable.

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We was supposed to be sailing out of Southampton on the grand next year but it as been replaced by the Regal

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3 hours ago, Earthworm Jim said:

$15 onboard credit? Wow, who could pass on that?

That made me laugh. So sorry but here's $15USD for your trouble....🤣

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5 hours ago, Earthworm Jim said:

$15 onboard credit? Wow, who could pass on that?

 

$15 onboard credit valid only the Regal's Australia to Southhampton trip.  :classic_laugh:

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$15 onboard credit valid only the Regal's Australia to Southhampton trip.  What a joke!  May pay for one cocktail at the bar if I'm lucky.

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The official announcement:

 

Princess Cruises Announces Deployment Changes in Alaska and Europe for Summer 2021

New Summer Homeport Sailings from Los Angeles

 

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (July 8, 2020) – Princess Cruises announced today changes to its deployment in Alaska and Europe for summer 2021 with Majestic Princess arriving to the West Coast and setting sail for her inaugural Alaska season, and Regal Princess returning to Europe.
In 2021, guests will be able to experience Majestic Princess for the first time in Alaska. She will be deployed to Alaska replacing Regal Princess, picking up all Regal Princess published Seattle Inside Passage departures from May to September, except Regal Princess May 4, 2021 departure of a five-day Alaska Sampler which will be cancelled.

Regal Princess will sail from Southampton, England replacing Grand Princess for summer 2021. Regal Princess will sail on 17 roundtrip departures from Southampton to the Mediterranean, Norway, Scandinavia, Iceland and other popular destinations in Europe. As a result of this change, the Regal Princess South Pacific Crossing, and two Grand Princess seven-day Europe cruises will be cancelled.
Grand Princess will be deployed to the West Coast for a new summer Mexico and California Coast season departing from Los Angeles with details to be announced later this summer.

Guests booked on Regal Princess Alaska and Grand Princess Europe voyages will have their booking automatically moved from Regal Princess to Majestic Princess in Alaska, and from Grand Princess to Regal Princess in Europe, and will receive a new booking confirmation.
Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel advisor, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS (1-800-774-6237), or by visiting the company's website at www.princess.com.

We are currently enhancing our health and safety protocols with input from global health leaders in light of COVID-19 and assessing how they may impact our future itinerary offerings. Our actual offerings may vary from what is displayed in marketing materials. Stay updated on current Travel Advisories and Health & Safety protocols.

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On 7/8/2020 at 9:19 AM, Tedferg said:

We were idly looking at that itinerary, though feared that April 2021 was too soo for us. There is no similar itinerary is there ?

3/26/21 Star Princess from San Pedro, CA.  28 night roundtrip Hawaii and Tahiti.

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22 hours ago, Earthworm Jim said:

$15 onboard credit? Wow, who could pass on that?

I think there's a zero missing....................

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17 hours ago, ShipWalker said:

 

$15 onboard credit valid only the Regal's Australia to Southhampton trip.  :classic_laugh:

Not true:

"Should you decide to rebook to this or any other sailing, you will receive an onboard credit of USD $15 per person (credit applies to first two guests on the booking; replacement cruise must be booked by December 31, 2020)."

 

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The ship to watch might be the Grand.  It is in and out of Singapore up until March 23 at which time it was headed to Dubai, Rome and eventually Southampton.  The Grand's cruises out of Southampton will now be operated by the Regal.  

The Grand is now being scheduled to operate Mexico and California cruises out of Los Angeles. (see #15 above)

So the question is (which Princess cannot answer yet) is how will the Grand get from Singapore to L.A.  Possibly head down to Australie then a trans-Pacific?  Who knows.  Time will tell but I plan to stay 'tuned'.

 

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18 hours ago, pcur said:

3/26/21 Star Princess from San Pedro, CA.  28 night roundtrip Hawaii and Tahiti.

We had an obstructed deluxe balcony booked on the 21 day Auckland to Seattle Regal Princess for $7200. A Mid Aft Balcony on this cruise is $16556.

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1 hour ago, billco said:

We had an obstructed deluxe balcony booked on the 21 day Auckland to Seattle Regal Princess for $7200. A Mid Aft Balcony on this cruise is $16556.

 

The prices are up right now, but they might drop by March.

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Still waiting for Princess to tell us our ship from Seattle has been changed for May next year, meanwhile their website says booking cancelled!

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4 hours ago, billco said:

We had an obstructed deluxe balcony booked on the 21 day Auckland to Seattle Regal Princess for $7200. A Mid Aft Balcony on this cruise is $16556.

Yes, that is a significant price difference, and I was just responding to your question about a similar itinerary.

 

Taking into account the airfare over to Auckland, the total cost is reduced sailing from San Pedro.  Also, your Regal is 21 nights, while the Star is 28 and includes Princess Plus.  Not sure if your price for the Regal includes P+.

 

Everyone bases their decision on a cruise for what is important to them.  We are itinerary-driven, and and ocean view cabins are fine with us.

 

So, if you are going to price-check the Star, take into account the length of the cruise, airfare, and P+.  (Also, I price-check online with our Big Box TA.)

Edited by pcur

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On 7/8/2020 at 2:24 PM, Bazrat said:

We was supposed to be sailing out of Southampton on the grand next year but it as been replaced by the Regal

That is a win for you for sure.

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