P&O Cruises cancels ALL sailings until early next year due to ‘evolving restrictions on travel’ amid coronavirus pandemic
- All Caribbean cruises will be cancelled until the end of January 2021, firm said
- P&O added all cruises to and from Southampton will be cancelled until February
- Customers affected will automatically receive credit for any future bookings
P&O Cruises has extended the suspension of sailings until early next year amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The UK’s largest cruise line said the decision was taken due to ‘evolving restrictions on travel’.
The firm had previously cancelled sailings until November 12.
All Caribbean cruises will be cancelled until the end of January 2021, while all cruises to and from Southampton will be cancelled until February.
Arcadia and Aurora have already been cancelled through to the end of their spring world cruises.
All P&O cruises have been cancelled until next year, the firm has announced, amid coronavirus pandemic
President Paul Ludlow said: ‘With evolving restrictions on travel from the UK, unfortunately it is necessary to cancel these itineraries.
‘These further cancellations vary according to ship as well as complexity and length of itineraries, advice and guidance regarding ports of call and current air availability for fly/cruises.
‘We are continuing to monitor the overall situation closely and will certainly reintroduce cruises should the opportunity arise and it is feasible to do so.’
Customers with affected bookings will automatically receive credit for a future sailing worth 125% of the cost of their original trip.
They can also request a cash refund.
The UK Government has advised people to avoid cruises since July 9.
Mr Ludlow said P&O Cruises is working with some of the ‘most brilliant minds in science as well as Government at the highest level’ on developing enhanced health and hygiene regimes for when sailings resume.
He went on: ‘Whilst adherence to the protocols on board and ongoing vigilance will be critical, this will always be coupled with providing the well-deserved and memorable holidays for which we are known, with all the standout moments on board and experiences on shore.
‘This is what we have always done and will continue to do.
‘We cannot wait for restrictions to ease, borders to open and for us to once again be able to set sail for a new beginning.’