Third Time Lucky? Major New Cruise Ship Has Second Inaugural Cruise Cancelled

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The updated inaugural cruise for Sun Princess has been cancelled, meaning the debut of the ship for the cruise line has been delayed for the second time within a couple of weeks.

Sun Princess

Originally, Sun Princess was due to set sail on a 10-night cruise on 8th February 2024, but that had to be cancelled towards the end of January.

The new inaugural cruise was then set for 18th February, but upon taking delivery of the ship from Fincantieri, the shipyard where she was built, the cruise line has announced that more technical work is needed, and so this second voyage has also been cancelled.

The new maiden voyage will take place on 28th February 2024, provided the work is completed on time. It’s unlikely that this cruise will be cancelled since the cruise line now has the ship in its possession, but don’t rule anything out completely.

In an original statement, Princess Cruises told guests that they would receive a full refund alongside $1,000 of onboard credit for a future cruise.

However, an updated press release from the cruise line has amended that, and while guests will still receive a full refund, they will then be given a 50% Future Cruise Credit to apply to any cruise booked before 30th November 2024 and that sails before 31st December 2025.

Guests will also be able to claim for travel expenses that are incurred either for cancelling their flights or for booking a return flight home if they have already travelled.

It’s a blow for the cruise line, but even more of a blow for the guests who were looking forward to sailing on the ship, especially with the cancellation announced just five days before she was due to set sail.


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