The Diamond Princess, the ship that suffered a major coronavirus outbreak earlier this year, will be sailing on a new itinerary in fall 2021 and spring 2022, as she heads on a maiden voyage to South America and Antarctica, replacing the Sapphire Princess on the same deployment from December through March.
Itineraries in Diamond Princess’ maiden season include:
- December 1, 2021 Andes & South America
- December 1, 2021 Antarctica, Andes & Cape Horn Grand Adventure
- December 19, 2021 Antarctica & Cape Horn
- January 4 and 20, 2022 Antarctica & Cape Horn
- February 5, 19 and March 5, 2022 Cape Horn & Strait of Magellan
- March 5, 2022 Andes & Cape Horn Grand Adventure
- March 19, 2022 Andes & South America
Diamond Princess will sail on two new Pacific crossings
In addition, the Diamond Princess will sail on two new Pacific crossings to and from Asia in fall 2021 and spring 2022 and sail the North Pacific Ocean with either Southeast Asia and Hawaii or Hawaii and Japan. These sailings are between Los Angeles and either Singapore or Yokohama (Tokyo).
As a result of this change, three Sapphire Princess Baja Peninsula & Sea of Cortez cruises and three Hawaiian Islands cruises in fall 2021 and spring 2022 will be cancelled.
In February, 2020 the Diamond Princess was quarantined in the port of Yokohama, Japan after an outbreak of coronavirus that spread through the ship resulting in over 700 confirmed cases of infection and 14 deaths.
The ship had originally been refitted for the Japanese market in 2014, but will now sail to South American and Antarctica.