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PRESS RELEASE REGARDING CRUISE SHIP VISITS TO SANTA BARBARA

SANTA BARBARA, CA - 3/9/2020

Princess Cruises announced the cancellation of its Grand Princess cruise scheduled to visit Santa Barbara on March 24, 2020. Waterfront staff were requesting updates from the cruise line to determine whether the cruise would be canceled.

To protect the safety of residents, the City will contact other cruise lines to request cancellation of their upcoming cruise visits to Santa Barbara, until the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) removes their travel advisory for cruise ships. There are ten cruise visits planned in Santa Barbara through June 2020.

According to Mayor Cathy Murillo, “I appreciate Princess Cruises taking action and protecting the safety of the community and passengers. We are asking other cruise lines to follow their lead and take a cautious approach.”

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is advising travelers, particularly those with underlying health issues, to defer cruise ship travel. Recent reports of COVID-19 on cruise ships highlight the risk of infection to cruise ship passengers and crew. Like many other viruses, COVID-19 appears to spread more easily between people in close quarters aboard ships.

City staff are monitoring the rapidly changing situation regarding COVID-19 and are taking steps to plan for a potential community emergency and continuation of the City’s essential business operations.

 

Fall 2019 & Spring 2020 Santa Barbara Harbor Cruise Ship Schedule*

No. Date* Ship Day Arrival Departure
1 9/21/19 Island Princess Saturday 7:00 AM 6:00 PM
2 9/27/19 Crystal Symphony Friday 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
3 9/29/19 ms Amsterdam Sunday 9:00 AM 5:00 PM
4 10/5/19 ms Oosterdam Saturday 7:30 AM 3:30 PM
5 10/15/19 Seabourn Sojourn Tuesday 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
6 10/18/19 ms Eurodam Friday 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
7 10/19/19 Celebrity Eclipse Saturday 7:00 AM 5:00 PM
8 10/27/19 Star Princess  Sunday 9:00 AM 6:00 PM
9 10/29/19 Grand Princess Tuesday 7:00 AM 6:00 PM
10 11/12/19 Celebrity Eclipse Tuesday 7:00 AM  5:00 PM 
11 12/13/19  ms Sirena Friday 8:00 AM  6:00 PM
12 12/15/19  ms Sirena Sunday 7:00 AM  3:00 PM
13 1/6/20 Crystal Symphony  Monday 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
14 1/23/20 Norwegian Gem Thursday  7:00 AM 2:00 PM
15 1/25/20 Norwegian Gem  Saturday 10:00 AM  6:00 PM
16  1/27/20  Oceania ms Insignia  Monday 12:00 PM 8:00 PM
17  3/4/20  Amadea Wednesday 12:00 PM 10:00 PM
18  3/24/20 Grand Princess  Tuesday 7:00 AM 6:00 PM

19

4/6/20  ms Eurodam Monday 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
20 4/7/20  Celebrity Millennium  Tuesday  7:00 AM  6:00 PM 
21  4/8/20 Star Princess Wednesday 7:00 AM 6:00 PM
22 4/11/20  Celebrity Millennium  Saturday  7:00 AM   6:00 PM 
23 4/24/20  Volendam Friday  8:00 AM 4:00 PM
24 4/27/20 ms Oosterdam Monday 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
25 4/28/20 ms Maasdam Tuesday 8:00 AM /5:00 PM
26 5/10/20 Royal Princess Sunday 7:00 AM 6:00 PM
27 6/4/20 Sun Princess Thursday 8:00 AM 7:00 PM
28 6/17/20  Star Breeze Wednesday  8:00 AM 6:00 PM

* Strikethrough calls cancelled until the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) removes travel advisory for cruise ships.

 

Celebrity Cruises
1-800-256-6649

Crystal Cruises
1-866-446-6625

Holland America Line
1-877-932-4259

Princess Cruises
1-800-774-6237

Seabourn
1-866-755-5619

*All dates and times are subject to change and will be updated as soon as possible.

Last Updated: Mar 12, 2020
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