The cruise line has extended its suspension of operations until November 12, 2020. It also revealed that it will cancel two long routes that were due to depart in 2021.
Aurora’s Caribbean & South America Adventure cruise will be canceled, as will the Arcadia World Cruise.
P&O Cruises President Paul Ludlow explained the cancellations were due to the need for long-term planning of long-haul routes, and complexities due to evolving border restrictions amid the pandemic .
Passengers who have booked on canceled cruises will automatically receive a 125% Enhanced Future Cruise Credit or can also complete the website form for a 100% refund.
P&O Cruises President Paul Ludlow said: “It is clear that as long as the guidelines are in place, it is not advisable for us to resume operations.
“In addition to canceling all cruises until November 12, 2020, we will unfortunately also be canceling Aurora’s Caribbean & South America Adventure and Arcadia World Cruise.
With long-term planning, combined with the complexity and length of these long-haul routes and evolving border restrictions, we need to make sure we are following the guidelines as they stand. I know these January cruises, in particular, are a vacation. of a lifetime and we are sorry for the disappointment these cancellations will cause.
“We continue to work in partnership with public health agencies at the highest level as well as with the Ministry of Transport, the International Association of EU Healthy Gateways and Cruise Lines (CLIA), the largest association from the cruise industry to the world.
“We will follow all applicable guidelines to improve on our already strict measures to keep our guests and crew healthy and we will not resume sailing until this approved framework is in place. Basically, we will adopt the best practices in the travel industry.
“The good news is that confidence in cruising is strong and we are seeing growing and significant demand from our customers. We know that the FCO guidelines are constantly reviewed and we hope that because they are aware of the work of the industry. , that will change before too long. ”
The cruise line is due to take delivery of the new Iona ship “before the fall”, with itineraries currently on sale.
Iona was originally scheduled to debut in May 2020 on a series of routes through Norwegian fjords, but due to the pandemic this has been delayed.