P&O Cruises which is the largest cruise line in the UK has announced an extension on its pause on cruise operations.
P&O Cruises Extends Suspension on Cruises
The British cruise line which is owned by Carnival has decided to extend its pause on cruise operations until August 2020 due to the current pandemic around the world. This comes as the lockdown in the UK and many parts of the world remain along with most port closures.
P&O Cruises posted:
We are so sorry not to be able to give our guests their summer holiday but the global situation and continued lockdown make it impossible to reintroduce sailings for the next few months.
We are working hard, given what we know currently, on a plan for future itineraries – pending a little more clarity on the longer term impact of COVID-19 and timing on the world’s return to normality.
This means that those guests impacted by the cancelled sailings up to and including July 31 will automatically be receiving 125% Future Cruise Credit. Guests won’t need to contact the cruise line as it will automatically be applied over the next few weeks.
The Future Cruise Credit can be used on another sailing which departs until the end of March 22. The credit will need to be used before the end of December 2021. P&O has recommended that the new bookings are done as soon as possible as they are selling out fast. Next year bookings are set to make a full comeback and no doubt cruises will be back in action by then. All the details can be found here.
With the coronavirus still impacting the world, it also means the delivery date for the new P&O Iona cruise ship has been delayed. The outfitting phase at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany has just about come to a halt. The first sailing departing on July 4 is already cancelled and the cruise line will announce further details on new dates soon.