Princess Cruises has cancelled Caribbean Princess’ October 10 call at San Juan, in the latest cruise change as Puerto Rico continues to reel from the devastation inflicted by Hurricane Maria.
The call, which was scheduled to take place on Caribbean Princess’ October 7 Caribbean cruise out of Fort Lauderdale, will be replaced with a day at sea, the cruise line said. As a result of the change, the ship will now depart Princess Cays at 6 p.m. October 8, instead of 5 p.m., and the ship will arrive in St. Kitts at 8 a.m. Wednesday, instead of 9 a.m. Guests who booked Princess shore excursions for San Juan will receive a refund to the original form of payment.
Caribbean Princess’ October 7 cruise will mark the first time Princess Cruises has a ship sailing the Caribbean since Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria swept through the region. The line reports that Princess Cays and Amber Cove are now open and accepting calls. On Crown Princess’ November 8 cruise, the line will replace the planned call at Grand Turk on November 10 with a call at Princess Cays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. November 9. The ship will be at anchor for this call and a ship-to-shore tender service will be available to go ashore, though wheelchair access may be limited.
The line has also modified a number of sailings on the Regal Princess. For the November 5 and 30 departures, the line will replace a call to Dominica with a call to Martinique from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the same date. As a result, the ship will now arrive in St. Thomas at 9 a.m. rather than 8 a.m. as previously scheduled. On the ship’s November 19 and 26, as well as its December 3 and 10, departures, the line will replace a call at St. Maarten with a call at Antigua from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the same date.
On Royal Princess’ December 10 and December 30 departures, the line will replace a call at Dominica with a call to Martinique from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the same date. As a result, the ship will now arrive in St. Thomas at 5 p.m. rather than 7 p.m.
Guests who booked Princess shore excursions to canceled ports will receive a refund to the original form of payment. Shore excursions for replacement ports will be available within the next two weeks, or may be booked onboard.