September 25, 2001
Princess is announcing some fairly unprecedented last minute itinerary changes. First, the cruise line is planning to withdraw Pacific Princess -- its vintage ship -- from service from November through May. That ship, scheduled to sail African itineraries, is generally considered the cruise line’s “pathfinder,” offering exotic voyages that just may be a tad too exotic these days. Other changes: Royal Princess’ world cruise has been canceled and the ship instead will sail the Panama Canal. However, Princess spokeswoman Susanne Ferrull says those passengers who want a World Cruise experience can opt to string together a series of voyages on Regal Princess, which will be spending the winter months on Pacific itineraries, calling in at ports of call in Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Sea Princess, currently sailing a Mexican Riviera route, will stay there instead of heading to its pre-scheduled southern Caribbean assignment. However, Ferrull says Dawn Princess, which will sail, as announced, the southern Caribbean, can pick up Sea Princess’ slack. In fact, the redeployments have been designed, she says, “so everybody who wants to sail can be accommodated on a similar itinerary.” Passengers booked on one of the changed voyages should contact their travel agent or, if they booked via the cruise line, Princess, for more information. The cruise line is offering some credits, which vary among ships.