P&O Cruises announces plans to halt operations into April 2021

P&O Cruises has said that it has extended the suspension of operations into April 2021 in response to the current uncertainty around European ports of call.

All guests with bookings on a cancelled cruise will be notified and will automatically receive an enhanced 125 percent Future Cruise Credit or alternatively a 100 percent refund by filling out a web form.

P&O Cruises president Paul Ludlow said: ‘With hopeful news headlines clearly we do not want to extend our pause in operations any further than absolutely necessary, but given the ever-changing guidance around international travel and the varying regulations in many European ports of call we felt it prudent to cancel these additional dates.

‘In addition, as the final payments are due for these cruises very soon we felt it was the right thing to do for our guests.

‘We are so sorry to disappoint those who were due to travel but really hope they will re-book for later in the year or for our new programme of 2022 holidays which went on sale earlier this month with strong demand, showing great confidence in cruising in the future.’

Part of Carnival Corporation & plc, P&O Cruises visits over 200 destinations worldwide and offers itineraries generally ranging from two to 17 days, along with an annual world cruise. P&O Cruises sails to Australia & New Zealand, Baltic, the British Isles, Canada, the Spain, Portugal & the Canary Islands, the Caribbean, Central America, the Far East & Asia, the Indian Ocean, the Mediterranean, Scandinavia, South America, the South Pacific, the United States and Western Europe.

In 2021, P&O Cruises will launch Iona, the new LNG-powered ship with 5,200-guest capacity. The largest ship built to serve the UK market, Iona will feature enhancements and newly developed features, including a three deck atrium in the heart of the ship as well as SkyDome – an exclusively designed glass dome by Martin Francis.