Canx'd June 2020 Star Princess Alaska Cruise

So this is mainly a FYI post for Princess customers.

I suspect most if not all the other cruise lines are doing this in regards to cancelled cruises.

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I was waiting to see what Princess would do about my June 2020 Alaska Cruise. I tried calling last week but got a message that basically said if your cruise is more than a month out please call later since we are swamped with calls.

So I waited. Got the official email about the situation today.

I initially wanted a full refund but FCC offer I think is good.

They are offering a full refund of the cruise and excursion costs

or

Future credit for the sum of the cruise and excursion plus a 25% bonus attached to the credit.

The credit is good until May 1, 2022.

So I've changed my mind and I'm going to take the FCC.

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It is all about personal choice. what works for one cruiser may not work for another. Personally, I am taking the refund.

Boils down to, if you plan to take a cruise in the future then the FCC looks flexible enough that it is a no brainer ... but ... if you are uncertain about the future or the liquidity of the cruise line then the full refund makes more sense.

Ouch-----Not for a few months but for the entire season. Not at all good for my state. Might be sometime before the cruise industry becomes a big player in the Alaska visitation industry again. Probably did my last cruise a little over a year ago, doubt if I ever do another one. Can't really knock it though, over the last 30 years we put in a total just shy of two years on the high seas. Almost 400 of them on Princess. This picture illustrates why the industry is going to be forced to change. This is the Ruby Princess. At the time this picture was taken she had just sailed. All these fine people were aware of Covid-19 as her sister ship, the Diamond Princess, was stuck in Yokohama where nobody was allowed to disembark and about 25% of the crew and passengers were infected at the same time they were all in a so called quarantine status. The way I understand it, 19 people on the Ruby here died and hundreds were afflicted. https://www.adn.com/business-economy/2020/04/14/devastating-princess-and-holland-america-cancel-2020-gulf-of-alaska-sailings-because-of-coronavirus-pandemic/ https://mustreadalaska.com/princess-cruises-wont-open-its-lodges-or-offer-train-bus-tours-in-alaska-this-summer/?fbclid=IwAR1OYGJUqs-JsAPEgfhHCKYCvAlKL8t-1pOaArVH3GSNGXm9014PPKRkvFo

2020---Ruby Princess during start of COVID 19 oubreak on board..jpg

So many places that rely on tourist dollars are hurting. Alaska is such a beautiful place and hopefully will recover quickly. Unfortunately it will probably take quite a while because of the limited season. Fingers crossed that this pandemic doesn't ruin too many places.

KENN...cut it out ol buddy...you'll be afloat eventually just like the rest of us.

As far as the pic goes, obviously they were enjoying themselves at that moment..but the pic COULD"VE been that good ol waste of time lifeboat drill on virtually any ship, or the mdr, or or or...which doesn't bode well for our fav form of profligate spending.

Hope you are right Yankee, I do love leaning over my balcony rail with a good red in hand watching the flying fishes play. I didn't mean to imply that I'm apathetic or something over future cruising but I do recognize that a few years may elapse before the industry get's back to the point where it will be fun for me to cruise again. Since I consider myself in pretty good physical condition I must still face the fact that I hit the big 80 a few weeks ago and a few more years of waiting is a luxury I might not have.

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! and quit grousing...consider the alternative....just remember to breath IN after you breathe OUT!

Good information! My take home message is: hindsight is always 20-20. What they could have done with the information they had, was the same as what many cities had that did even less than the cruise lines. I am sadden by the number of people infected and the number of crew that haven't been able to go home. Surely the industry is taking a hit and will probably do so for some time. It is interesting that the article only zeroed in on Carnival Corporation. I wonder how the other corporations are coping. My guess is they are all going to have similar problems. Again thanks, Kennicott!

KENN...its a rare thing that I'll stop and READ...and I do mean READ, something that long unless I'm actually involved...and those days are long over...but THIS is different. I would respectfully suggest everyone in here READ it. and acknowledge it with a thumbs up. I'm sending it all over. I paid particular attention to el boss doing damage control with what can only be described as "lame" statements...I was wondering how they would entice loan facilities, now I know. What you don't know, or refuse to acknowledge, may actually kill you, or run you out of $$..THANKS!

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