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Princess Cruises brings back a strict requirement for a ship

Princess Cruises informs its customers of the news princess of the islands sailing that he brought back an important policy to protect guests and crew from the growth of COVID cases on board. The cruise line has implemented a mandatory face mask requirement “out of an abundance of caution”.

Island Princess Face Mask Requirement

Due to an increasing number of COVID cases among passengers and crew aboard the princess of the islands cruise ship, Princess Cruises has implemented a mandatory mask policy.

The cruise line has confirmed that those who test positive are either asymptomatic or only mildly symptomatic. They are all isolated, including close contacts on board.

The cruise line informed guests of the policy change in a letter sent on June 5: “We have recently identified positive cases of COVID-19 among our guests and teammates. they are all asymptomatic or only mildly symptomatic and they and their close contacts have been isolated and quarantined and are being monitored and cared for by our onboard medical team.

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During the current May 26 voyage, all persons on board must wear a face mask indoors at all times, except during meals or drinks or in the cabin. Guests should also wear a mask outside during large gatherings or when physical distancing cannot be maintained.

The letter goes on to say, “Out of an abundance of caution, we will now require customers to wear face masks indoors at all times, except when eating or drinking or in their own cabin.”

Princess Cruises also recommends wearing a mask while in port, but this is not a requirement and depends on local protocols. Customers receive a free KN95 mask and are asked to replace it every 3-4 days.

Princess Cruises Mask Policy on Other Ships

It is important to know that the updated mask policy is only for the princess of the islands. The policy is much more relaxed when it comes to other Princess cruise ships. Masks are only recommended in each ship, but may still be required for certain locations and situations.

Princess Cruises Mask Policy
Princess Cruises Mask Policy

However, in recent weeks for Alaskan crossings, the mask policy has changed to “In an abundance of precautions, masks are required at all inland locations on northbound and southbound travel through Alaska between Whittier and Vancouver until further notice. Masks will be provided to guests if required.

What is the current trip?

The hope is to reduce the spread on board, especially as the princess of the islands is currently sailing on a 34-night long voyage, which is also split into a shorter 18-night itinerary.

Island Princess cruise ship
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The ship departed Fort Lauderdale, Florida on May 26, and the 18-night itinerary will end in Southampton on June 13. The much longer 34-night itinerary will end in Southampton on June 29 and includes major destinations in Iceland, Norway, Canada, Ireland and the UK.

princess of the islands resumed operations for the first time since the industry-wide suspension in March 2020 from Fort Lauderdale on April 27, 2022. The Coral-class ship made its first crossings between Fort Lauderdale and Los Angeles via the Panama Canal.

Princess Cruises did not reveal the number of passengers on the current voyage, but the ship has a capacity of 1,974 double occupancy and 890 international crew. The vessel has a gross tonnage of over 91,600.

Island Princess cruise ship