Princess Cruises said today that the increased incidence of gastrointestinal illness that appeared on last week's Crown Princess sailing has reappeared on the current sailing, even though the ship delayed its sailing Saturday while there was a comprehensive disinfection of all cabins and public areas, which was overseen by the CDC.
In light of that, after consultation with the CDC, Princess has decided to end the cruise two days early, on Thursday, so that the ship can undergo a two-day extensive sanitization. Crown Princess is now returning to Ft. Lauderdale where passengers will disembark on February 9. The cruise had been scheduled to end on February 11.
Passengers will receive a refund of their cruise fare, along with a 25% future cruise credit. Princess will also cover the cost of any change fees passengers incurred with their connecting air flights.
After the two-day sanitization, the February 11 sailing is expected to depart as scheduled.