The longest-serving vessel of the Santa Clarita-based Princess Cruises fleet became the first ship to resume service from the Port of Los Angeles since passenger cruises shut down early last year. 

“It is a pride point for us that Grand Princess is returning to service in our hometown port. Our crew members are eager to welcome guests back on board as we continue resuming operations in the United States,” Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president, said in a statement. 

The Grand Princess has added on-board features and safety protocols since its last voyage. It was docked in March 2020 due to an outbreak of the novel coronavirus that was linked to seven confirmed deaths. The entire cruise line, which is part of Carnival Corp., now has vaccination and testing requirements for passengers and crew prior to embarking, staggered boarding times and touchless services on board. 

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