Carnival and Princess Adopt W. Caribbean Changes

February 10, 2006
Folks planning to sail on future voyages aboard Carnival Valor and Princess' Grand Princess here's a heads up: your itinerary has changed.

In Carnival Valor's case, the ship, which was slated to return to Cozumel beginning on Sunday, May 14, will now stick with Costa Maya through April 29, 2007. That's because damage to Cozumel as a result of Hurricane Wilma last fall continues to necessitate the restriction of cruise ships visiting the island.

Carnival notes that any pre-booked shore excursions for Cozumel will automatically be credited back to passengers. Unusually, Carnival has a "change in itinerary" policy that allows you to cancel without penalty -- but check with your travel agent or reservation staffer about deadlines for cancellation.

Princess' Grand Princess has also made a change in its seven-night Western Caribbean cruise out of Galveston. From this point forward, Grand Cayman will be replaced with a stop in Playa del Carmen. According to Princess, weather factors (Grand Cayman is notoriously difficult because it has no protected bay and as such is very windy -- plus all ships must anchor) and overcrowding inspired the change.