Cruise Line Extends Pause of Operations in Australia and New Zealand

Carnival-owned P&O Cruises has extended its pause on cruise operations in Australia and New Zealand until the end of August 2020.

P&O Cruises Extends Cruise Suspension

The cruise line has now announced an extension on its pause on cruises for Australia and New Zealand until August 31, 2020. The extension is due to the ongoing global pandemic and travel restrictions which cruise lines have been heavily impacted by.

P&O Cruises President Sture Myrmell, said:

“Australia and New Zealand have led the world in flattening the COVID-19 curve, which adds to our optimism for the future. However, we also recognise that a further extension is the prudent and responsible course.”

“In the confident knowledge that cruising will be back, this is an opportunity to update our guests on the latest itinerary plans and to thank them for their understanding and support during this period of uncertainty. We look forward to welcoming them back onboard our ships when it is safe to do so.”

P&O has detailed the changes in operations for Australia and New Zealand impacting many sailings:

Australia Changes

The extended pause in operations will affect sailings on Pacific Dawn scheduled to depart Brisbane between June 16 – August 26, 2020. These itineraries are: W031N, W032N, W033, W034, W035, W036, W037, W038, W039, W040, W041, W042 and W043.

Pacific Explorer’s cruises from Sydney will now be paused between June 24 – August 24, 2020 and this affects: X027, X028, X029, X030, X031, X032, X033, X034, X035 and X036.

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New Zealand Changes

Pacific Aria’s scheduled cruises from Auckland will be postponed from July 4 – August 23, 2020:  A036, A037, A038, A039, A040 and A041.


Guests on the impacted sailings from May 5 will be offered compensation with the choice of a Future Cruise Credit with additional onboard credit or just a full refund on their cruise fare. P&O will be contacting guests directly about the latest changes to operations.

This comes as P&O Cruises in the UK currently plans on resuming cruises in early August but as always, the dates are always changing so do check from the cruise line for all the latest official updates. Cruise Hive readers can check the full list of when cruises will resume for each cruise line right here.

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