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Princess Cruises reveals its series of short cruises for UK cruisers.

UK cruises have been spoiled for choice today as Princess Cruises has revealed it will launch a series of short UK cruises departing in late summer. 

Regal Princess and Sky Princess will offer short breaks and week-long holidays sailing from Southampton. The cruises are available to UK guests only and will go on sale later this month.

Tony Roberts, vice president Princess Cruises UK & Europe, said: “Recent announcements from the UK Government on the roadmap to the end of lockdown has given us all optimism that we will be able to have a summer break.

Regal Princess Summer UK seacation cruises
Regal Princess (c) Princess Cruises

“When restrictions are lifted, it is clear that holidays in the UK will be the first to restart before the gradual return of international travel. We are eager to welcome our guests back onboard as soon as it is safe to do so. By offering a series of short UK breaks, we can provide guests with a relaxed holiday at sea so they can enjoy a much-needed getaway.

A chance for UK cruises to go ‘Truly Touchless’ with the MedallionClass experience

The MedallionClass ships Regal Princess and Sky Princess will provide guests with ‘Truly Touchless’ experiences through the cruise line’s MedallionClass experience and OceanMedallion wearable device, offering a number of new features that significantly enhance the guest experience whilst also supporting new health protocols. Streamlined check-in, simplified safety training, reductions in queueing and the ability to order food and drink to anywhere on the ship are just some of the ways Princess Cruises is leveraging the OceanMedallion technology to transform the cruise experience.

Princess Ocean Medallion wearable tech. (c) Princess Cruises
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Unavoidable cancelations

However, the exciting news comes tinged with an element of disappointment as Princess cruises also announced today that it as has cancelled sailings from Southampton on Sky Princess, Regal Princess and Island Princess through September 25, 2021.

Tony Roberts continued: “In order to offer these new cruises, we have unfortunately had to cancel our current ex-UK programme through late September. We share in our guests’ disappointment over these cancelled cruises and we appreciate the continued understanding and cooperation from our loyal guests and travel agents.”

For guests booked on a cancelled voyage, Princess will offer to move guests to the equivalent cruise in 2022. The rebooking process will have the added benefit of protecting the guests’ 2021 fare on their 2022 voyage. Alternatively, guests can choose a future cruise credit (FCC) equivalent to 100% of the cruise fare paid plus an additional non-refundable bonus FCC equal to 10% of the cruise fare paid (minimum £25) or a full refund to the original form of payment. 

For guests currently booked on a cancelled voyage where there is no matched cruise available in 2022, guests will automatically receive a refundable future cruise credit (FCC) equivalent to 100% of the cruise fare paid plus an additional non-refundable bonus FCC equal to 10% of the cruise fare paid (minimum £25). Alternatively, guests can request a full refund to the original form of payment.

See list of the affected cruises here.

Princess cruises Sky Princess Short Summer Cruises
Sky Princess (c) Princess Cruises

Roberts continued: “As we prepare our ships for our return to service, we remain in close contact with CLIA, the UK Government and associated bodies to monitor the latest travel guidance. More details of dates, itineraries and prices for the new UK cruises will be announced later this month. We look forward to welcoming our guests back onboard to create summertime memories in a safe and relaxed environment.”

Through Princess Cruises’ ‘Book with Confidence’ policy, for bookings made by April 30, 2021, guests can cancel up to 30 days prior to sailing for voyages departing through October 31 2021, and receive cancellation fees back as a Future Cruise Credit.

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