Princess Cruises is to cancel 11 ‘Diamond Princess’ cruises between September and November this year, due to a lack of crew.
She was due to become one of the last of the Princess fleet to return to service starting with a sailing on 1st September from Los Angeles.
“Over the past year we have operated hundreds of cruises thanks to the tens of thousands of our Princess team members that have rejoined our fleet to deliver exceptional Princess vacations. However, like others in the global travel industry, we have experienced some labour challenges,” Princess said in a letter to guests booked on the forthcoming cruises.
Princess cites rising occupancy on board its cruise ships as one of the challenges that it needs to overcome. By cancelling voyages through 13th November, “this will provide
us with the additional time needed to overcome our labour challenges,” Princess said.
When fully operational, the ship carries a crew of around 1,100 people. The cruise ship has accommodations for 2,670 pax based on double occupancy. She had recently repositioned from Singapore to Los Angeles in preparation for its return to service.