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Lawsuit launched in Aus against cruise ship outbreak

Lawsuit launched in Aus against cruise ship outbreak”

Princess Cruises was the first major cruise line to shut down its operations on March 12, followed by most others the following day.

Princess Cruises, one of the first cruise lines to suspend operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, announced its plans Wednesday to resume passenger operations in the USA and the rest of the world December 16.

Cruiseline operator Carnival said on Thursday that its Princess and P&O brands had extended pauses in operations as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Princess Cruises ships will not be cruising from US ports until at least December 16.

One passenger who has joined the case is Graeme Lake, who wife, Karla, died from COVID-19 10 days after returning home from the cruise.

"We have the utmost respect for our guests and understand the worldwide impact of COVID-19 including on some of our guests, crew members and their families", a Princess Cruises spokesperson said. It was originally set to expire on Friday.

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Princess Cruises is offering guests who have already paid in full in a Future Cruise Credit plus an additional 25% extra on the amount paid.

For guests who haven't paid in full, Princess will offer Double the Deposit, providing a refundable FCC for the money now on deposit plus a matching bonus FCC that can be used on any voyage through May 1, 2022.

The company also announced refunds for travelers who paid in full or in part for their voyages.

The lone exception is Australia, where five of its ships will resume passenger voyages November 1. All sailings to and from Australia on the Majestic Princess, Regal Princess, Sapphire Princess, Sea Princess and Sun Princess are canceled through October 31.

Princess Cruises, owned by Miami-based Carnival Corporation, operated several ships out of Port Everglades in Broward County before the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ship, which docked in Sydney on March 19, became one of Australia's biggest sources of coronavirus infections after 2,647 passengers were allowed to disembark, despite some passengers on board having symptoms of "influenza-like illness". However, requests must be received by August 31 or guests will automatically receive a credit instead.



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