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‘Extremely disappointing’: First cruise ship to dock in Vancouver this spring is canceled

The Caribbean Princess was due to dock at Vancouver’s Place du Canada on April 7, but the cruise line canceled its arrival before the ship could even leave Victoria.

Princess Cruises has made the difficult decision to cancel the coastal leg of the upcoming cruise from San Francisco to Vancouver to allow more time to prepare for the extensive dry dock scheduled for April 7,” Princess Cruises said in an email. -mail to Daily Hive.

“This extra time will help ensure the vessel is up to our highest standards ahead of the upcoming busy summer season.”

They are helping affected customers by scheduling flights and hotel rooms so they have somewhere to go in the meantime and giving them full refunds.

Princess also knows the cancellation is hugely disappointing and agrees with the 1,600 guests who were scheduled to sail with us on this voyage with a full cruise fare refund and 100% future cruise credit. equal to the cruise fare paid on this travel,” a rep said.

It’s the only Vancouver-bound cruise the company has canceled so far this season.

Now, Princess Cruises’ first ship in Canada this year will be the Grand Princess, which will visit Victoria on April 22.and continue to her drydock before beginning cruises for the Alaska season from Vancouver.

“The Grand Princess is one of six ships that will visit Canadian ports during the 2022 Alaskan season,” according to the cruise line.

Ruby Princess is also set to arrive at Place du Canada on April 27.

US CDC/website

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Infection has classified the ship as having an “orange” status, meaning more than 0.3% of passengers and crew have COVID-19.

“The CDC has opened an investigation and the vessel remains under observation,” said the CDC website.

The ship’s status is also listed as “highly vaccinated”. If the threat is raised to “red”, additional health measures will likely be implemented.

Princess Cruises did not respond to Daily Hive Vancouver’s question about the severity of the risk of COVID-19 aboard the Caribbean Princess on April 2.

Caribbean Princess Bridge Camera

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Canada Place will be busy from May to September with cruise frequency decreasing as we move towards November when the Port of Vancouver cruise program ends.

That’s if everything else goes as planned.

In an email to Daily Hive Vancouver, the Vancouver Port Authority declined to comment until later.

“We will have more information to share about the 2022 cruise season this coming week,” they said.

The Caribbean Princess’ next voyage is scheduled for April 26, when it will sail from San Francisco to Fort Lauderdale.

On April 10, Holland America’s MS Koningsdam will become the next cruise ship to dock Vancouver.

Canada lifted its cruise ban on November 1, and the government continues advise that “the risk of being infected with COVID-19 on cruise ships is very high, even if you are fully vaccinated”.

“If you are not fully immunized, or are at higher risk of developing serious illness or results of COVID-19, you should avoid cruise ship travel,” the travel advisory read.

Daily Hive Vancouver has contacted the US CDC for details of the Caribbean Princess investigation and will update this article.