Princess Cruises: All trips on tem­po­rary hold

The Kansas City Star - - Business - BY MICHELLE MARCHANTE AND TAY­LOR DOLVEN The Mi­ami Her­ald

Princess Cruises, which is owned by Mi­ami-based Car­ni­val Corp., an­nounced early Thurs­day that it will be tem­po­rar­ily paus­ing global op­er­a­tions of its 18 cruise ships for two months out of an “abun­dance of cau­tion” over the COVID-19 pan­demic.

The move will af­fect voy­ages de­part­ing March 12 to May 10, ac­cord­ing to the com­pany.

“Our team­mates are our Princess fam­ily and we are com­mit­ted to the care of our team. This is an unpreceden­ted ac­tion in the his­tory of our com­pany, so we do not know how ev­ery­thing will play out. We ask for un­der­stand­ing as we work through the specifics re­gard­ing com­pen­sa­tion and other de­tails,” a Princess Cruises spokesper­son said in an emailed state­ment.

The de­ci­sion comes af­ter Princess Cruises pre­vi­ously saw some of its ships quar­an­tined be­cause of the novel coro­n­avirus.

Princess Cruises say those who are cur­rently onboard a cruise that will end in the next five days will fin­ish their trip as sched­uled. Trips that were orig­i­nally sched­uled to fin­ish af­ter March 17 will end ear­lier at a lo­ca­tion that will be “most con­ve­nient” for guests.

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