Due to the continued missile assaults by Houthi rebels in the Red Sea, Princess itineraries is rerouting both of its 2025 world itineraries.

The cruises will now visit new destinations in Africa and Europe rather than the Middle East or Asia. Princess Cruises’ executives took the decision following “extensive consultation” with global security experts and government officials.

“We know our guests will understand and appreciate the change to our upcoming 2025 itineraries to avoid certain areas,” says Terry Thornton, Princess Cruises’ chief commercial officer. “These global events beyond our control have necessitated these reroutings but we are pleased to continue to ensure these world cruises retain destination-rich itineraries with incredible stops along the west Africa coast and the Mediterranean.”

The world cruise offered by Island Princess will depart from Fort Lauderdale on January 5, 2025, or Los Angeles on January 20, 2025. The 116-day voyage will cover more than 36,700 nautical miles and visit 46 ports across 24 countries and six continents.

The amended portion of the voyage will take place from February 16 to April 9. The ship will go from Sydney to Melbourne and Perth before continuing on to South Africa, Namibia, and the Cape Verde islands. Travelers will next visit Portugal, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Croatia, and Montenegro before returning to Malta to resume their trip.

Guests who were supposed to depart or join the trip in Dubai on March 14 will now embark or disembark in Cape Town, South Africa, on March 9. Guests who disembark will receive a refund for four days of their cruise cost, while those who board the ship earlier than intended will not be charged an additional fee. Each affected passenger will receive a $300 onboard credit.

The other 2025 world cruise offered by Crown Princess will depart Auckland on May 31, 2025, and Sydney on June 4, 2025. The 113-day voyage will visit 42 locations in 22 countries across five continents. The warship will no longer pass through the Suez Canal and will instead go across Africa. Princess is still working out the details of that itinerary.

Princess is not the only cruise line impacted by the missile strikes; Royal Caribbean rerouted its 2024 globe trip, and Holland America Line changed the itinerary of its 2025 world cruise, to mention a few.


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