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Princess Cruises will return to Japan   Travel by Ship/Boat

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Carnival’s Princess Cruises will return to Japan in March 2023 after nearly three-year hiatus

Princess Cruises, a Carnival Corporation brand, is resuming trips in its homeport of Japan early next year, the company said in a press release on Friday.

Starting March 15, the Diamond Princess will take off from Tokyo for cruises ranging from five to 19 days, according to the press release.

The return follows an announcement by the Japanese Transport Ministry last month that lifted a two-and-a-half-year ban on international cruise ships. The country’s new guidance requires crewmembers to have three Covid vaccine shots while most passengers must have at least two, the Associated Press reported.

“The reopening of Japanese ports to the international cruise industry is an important and welcome development that not only vastly expands the vacation opportunities available to guests but also helps to significantly strengthen the Japanese tourism economy,” said John Padgett, president of Princess Cruises, in the press release.

Japan initiated the cruise ban in March 2020 after a fatal coronavirus outbreak took place in February on the Diamond Princess, a Princess cruise ship. The spread forced about 3,700 people on board into a two-week quarantine.

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