A major cruise line will welcome back fully vaccinated customers this fall – here’s where it’s sailing to

Princess Cruises Grand Princess
‘ Grand Princess ship, which will resume sailing in September. Princess Cruises
  • Princess Cruises will resume US-based cruises this fall, more than a year after stopping all trips.
  • The cruises will bring passengers from California and Florida to destinations like Hawaii and the Caribbean.
  • Guests must be fully vaccinated, and provide proof of that vaccination.
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Princess Cruises has announced it will resume sailing in US waters this fall after over a year of no US-based cruises amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the cruise line said Thursday.

The cruise line will usher “travel-starved” passengers – as Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president said in a press release – from California and Fort Lauderdale to destinations like the Caribbean, Mexico, and Hawaii from September 25 to November 28 aboard eight ships:

  • Majestic Princess and Grand Princess will sail from Los Angeles to Mexico and across the coast of California on three, five, and seven-day cruises, and to Hawaii on 15-day cruises.
  • Ruby Princess will bring passengers from San Francisco across the coast of California on seven-day cruises, to Hawaii on 15-day cruises, and to Mexico on 10-day sailings.
  • Enchanted Princess will sail from Fort Lauderdale to the Caribbean on 10-day cruises.
  • Sky Princess, Regal Princess, and Caribbean Princess will cruise from Fort Lauderdale to the Caribbean on three, five, seven, and 14-day cruises.
  • Crown Princess will operate from Fort Lauderdale to the Panama Canal on 10-day cruises.

Guests must be fully vaccinated at least 14 days before their cruise and provide proof of vaccination. However, Princess’ fully vaccinated cruises – and any cruise line with a vaccine requirement – operating out of Florida could face fines from the state, which has banned “vaccine passports.”

Princess initially found workarounds to the cruising ban by offering land-based Alaska tours and stays at the Princess Alaska Lodges. During the pandemic, the cruise line also announced it would upgrade all of its cruise ships with “land-like” WiFi to create “offices at sea.”