Reports suggest that Regal Princess is currently anchored off Ft Lauderdale and not being allowed to dock at Port Everglades by USA CDC because 2 crew members need to be tested for Covid-19.
We have asked Princess for a comment and will post this when we receive an update. But it looks like today’s departure is cancelled.
A Princess Cruises spokesperson said:
“Princess Cruises was required by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to share information about two crew members who previously served on Grand Princess and transferred to Regal Princess more than two weeks ago.
“After sharing all information and details about the crew members, the CDC informed us of their decision to halt disembarkation as scheduled today until two crew members are tested for COVID-19. Neither of these crew members are exhibiting respiratory symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and are well beyond CDC’s advised 14-day incubation period for the illness. Therefore, based on US CDC’s published COVID-19 guidance, these crew members should not pose any risks to the health and welfare of anyone aboard Regal Princess.
“Due to the unknown timing of obtaining the sampling kits, test results or anticipated response, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the voyage departing on March 8.
“We share in our guests’ disappointment in the cancelled cruise and are sorry that we could not communicate sooner given the lack of information. Considering these extraordinary and unforeseen circumstances, Princess Cruises will be offering the following compensation:
For Guests on the Current Caribbean Voyage:
Unexpected expenses, such as air change fees, reimbursement of reasonable non-refundable out-of-pocket expenses will be considered on a case-by-case basis when submitted to our office.
For Guests Departing March 8:
Our guest services and ground operations teams are activated and are working to assist guests who purchased hotel independently by providing lists of local hotels with availability. Princess Cruises will reimburse our guests up to $300 per booking for one-night’s hotel costs in Fort Lauderdale. Guests with Princess flights have been booked into a Fort Lauderdale hotel for the night. All guests will receive a full refund of their cruise fare, Princess Air, Princess Cruise Plus pre- and post-cruise hotel packages, prepaid shore excursions and other prepaid items purchased through Princess Cruises.
“Unexpected expenses, such as air change fees, reimbursement of reasonable non-refundable out-of-pocket expenses will be considered on a case-by-case basis when submitted to our office. As the cruise has been cancelled the day of departure, each guest will also receive a 100% Future Cruise Credit equal to the cruise fare paid on this voyage.”