Caribbean Princess set sail from Port Everglades, Florida becoming the eighth Princess cruise ship in the fleet to return to service after the pandemic shutdown. The ship departed on Sunday bringing passengers on a seven-night Eastern Caribbean itinerary.
Caribbean Princess Resumes Sailing
Passengers were welcomed aboard the cruise ship with a festive ceremony that celebrated the vessel’s first voyage after the pandemic shutdown halted operations across the cruise industry.
Caribbean Princess is the second Princess Cruises vessel to resume sailing this month, following Enchanted Princess, which began sailing on November 10. The resumption of sailing follows nearly a year-long shut down as a result of the pandemic.
Princess Cruises, along with other cruise lines, is currently in the process of ramping up to full capacity following the halt in sailing. As the cruise line increases capacity, they have increased the number of cruise ships that have resumed operations.
“Caribbean Princess marks our eighth cruise ship to return to service and our teammates are thrilled to be serving our guests back onboard,”John Padgett – President of Princess Cruises
The Caribbean Princess will offer a mix of Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries, visiting popular ports of call, including St. Thomas, Cozumel, and the cruise line’s private island in the Bahamas – Princess Cays. Passengers can also book back-to-back sailings to create a 14-day Eastern and Western vacation.
Caribbean Princess debuted in 2004 and is part of the Grand-class of ships for Princess Cruises. The 19-deck vessel can accommodate 3,140 guests in 1,556 cabins and has a crew of 1,200 members.
The vessel was updated in May 2019 as part of the MedallionClass Experience and features kids’ and teens’ clubs in Camp Discovery, The Reef Outdoor Splash Zone, Movies Under the Stars on the upper pool deck and a variety of specialty and quick-service restaurants. Other features aboard the ship include the Princess Links 9-hole mini-golf course, Club Fashion Night, and original musical productions and shows.
“This ship was our very first vessel to offer the innovative Princess MedallionClass Experience and features modernized venues and newly imagined spaces like The Reef Outdoor Splash Zone that offers a tremendous setting for the entire family.”John Padgett – President of Princess Cruises
Princess Cruises is currently offering amazing holiday savings on select voyages during what they’ve dubbed “The Cyber Event.” Passengers looking to book a trip on Caribbean Princess can receive up to $200 in onboard credit during their promotion.
Health Protocols on Princess Cruises
As Princess Cruises continues to bring its fleet to full capacity, they have implemented a number of health protocols to keep passengers safe.
Princess Cruises sailings are currently only available to passengers who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least two weeks prior to the beginning of the voyage with valid proof of vaccination.
In addition, all guests must produce a negative, medically observed PCR or antigen test taken within 48 hours of embarkation.
Other ship-wide health and safety enhancements onboard every Princess ship include MedallionClass touchless technology to minimize crowds and promote social distancing, Mandatory face coverings in some indoor spaces and popular venues, enhanced air filtration provided by updated HVAC systems, and hand sanitizing and handwashing stations throughout each ship.