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CDC releases report on coronavirus outbreak on Diamond Princess cruise ship

The Centers for Disease Control released the results of their initial investigation of COVID-19 among crew members onboard the Diamond Princess.

Diamond Princess is the Princess Cruises ship that was quarantined for many weeks near Japan, and became a focal point of the initial coronavirus outbreak.

The CDC released their early findings that COVID-19 was likely first spread from passengers to crew members and subsequently spread among the crew, especially among food service workers.

How to cancel your Princess Cruises sailing due to Coronavirus

Princess Cruises announced it has instituted a voluntarily pause on its cruises for 60 days, due to the Coronavirus outbreak.  

If you are wondering how to cancel your Princess Cruise, here is the important information.

If your cruise departs between March 12 to May 10

Princess is offering guests the opportunity to transfer 100% of the money paid for their cancelled cruise to a future cruise of their choice.

Coronavirus forces Princess Cruises to announce 60 day halt of all cruises

Princess Cruises announced it will institute a 60 day "voluntary and temporary" pause of its cruises due to the global spread of Coronavirus.

The change impacts all sailings departing March 12 to May 10.

Those currently onboard a cruise that will end in the next five days will continue to sail as expected through the end of the itinerary so that onward travel arrangements are not disrupted. 

Current voyages that are underway and extend beyond March 17 will be ended at the most convenient location for guests, factoring in operational requirements. 

Princess Cruises temporarily changes cancellation policy due to Coronavirus

Princess Cruises announced that due to the worldwide COVID-19 situation, they are temporarily making some changes to their cancellation policy for cruises departing up to May 31, 2020.

The cancellation window will move much closer to sail date, in order to provide guests with more flexibility in changing their minds.

Princess Cruises giving crew on Coronavirus infested cruise ship two months paid vacation

The crew on the Diamond Princess that is taking care of a quarantined ship dealing with a coronavirus outbreak will receive two months paid vacation for their troubles.

Princess Cruises confirmed the paid two months of vacation for the crew.

Cruise line spokesman Roger Frizzell commented on the decision:

Princess Cruises will have early access to new satellite internet access

Princess Cruises announced a new partnership with SES to provide the cruise line early access to O3b mPOWER network augmenting the Princess MedallionClass experience as it scales across the fleet. 

The new satellite network promises to deliver "unmatched and ubiquitous global Wi-Fi service levels", as well as "seamless land/sea digital experience enablement".

Sky Princess joins Princess Cruises fleet

Princess Cruises took delivery of Sky Princess from shipbuilder Fincantieri at an official handover ceremony at the shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy.

The first ship designed from the ground up as a Princess MedallionClass ship, the 143,700-ton, 3,660-guest Sky Princess features an evolution of the design platform used for the cruise line's previous Royal-Class ships.

Discovery Princess will be name of Princess Cruises sixth Royal Class ship

Princess Cruises announced it will name its sixth Royal Class ship the Discovery Princess.

Based out of Los Angeles, Discovery Princess will be the first new cruise ship for Princess Cruises to be based on the West Coast.

Princess Cruises announces Shark Week activities for kids on its ships

Princess Cruises announced a special tie-in with Discover Channel's Shark Week event by offering Summer of Shark activities showcased on eight summer sailings, now through July 27, 2019.

Six cruise guests confirmed dead following Alaska floatplane midair collision

Local authorities confirmed the death toll following a midair collision has risen to six, including four Americans, one Australian and one Canadian.

Ten additional guests on the planes survived the accident and received medical attention.

The accident occurred when two floatplanes collided in midair on Monday, about eight nautical miles from Ketchikan. Both planes were carrying Princess Cruises guests from the Royal Princess cruise ship.

Princess Cruises expressed their regret via Twitter.

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