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Precautionary cancellations: 5 Princess ships will not dock Cozumel

Cozumel, Q.R. — UPDATED: The general director of the Port Administration of Quintana Roo says the Princess cruise line has canceled five scheduled stops to the island of Cozumel as part of its temporary halt in services.

Alicia Ricalde Magaña, general director of the Administración Portuaria Integral de Quintana Roo confirmed the cancellation of the five Princess cruise ships to the island. She explained that the cancellation came with the report from the cruise company of their decision to suspend global operations for a period of 60 days due to the Corvirus-19 pandemic that has hit them particularly hard.

Ricalde Magaña says the canceled cruises include the Regal Princess scheduled to arrive March 13 and 27, the Sky Princess for March 19 and April 10 and the Caribbean Princess on April 30. She says the five stops were officially canceled by the company as a precautionary measure, adding that the facilities remain available to them once they decide to resume their itinerary.

The news of the cancellations came after Jan Swartz, Group President of Princess Cruises and Carnival Australia, announced their company decision.

Ricalde Magaña noted that although Cozumel receives cruise ships year round, its high season is August through April, which is about to end.

UPDATE: Due to the precautionary travel request by US president Trump, several other cruise companies have also announced travel suspensions for a period of 30 days due to the world health coronavirus crisis. Other cruise ship companies that have decided to halt cruises include Disney Cruise Line, MSC, Norwegian Cruise Line, Holland America and Royal Caribbean.