P&O Cruises cancels all trips until 2021 due to coronavirus pandemic

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The UK's biggest cruise line P&O Cruises has extended the cancellation of its sailings until early 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The company suspended operations earlier this year when the pandemic began affecting global travel. The suspension was originally set to last until November but has now been extended.

All trips due to depart in 2020 have now been canned, as well as those planned for early next year.

P&O announced on Thursday that all cruises from/to Southampton will be cancelled until February 2021, and all Caribbean cruises are cancelled until January 2021.

President Paul Ludlow said: "With evolving restrictions on travel from the UK, unfortunately it is necessary to cancel these itineraries.

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"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."

Affected customers will be contacted by the company. Anyone with a holiday booked can find out more on the P&O Cruises website.

In a statement, P&O said: "These further cancellations vary according to ship and itinerary. We've also taken into account complexity and length of itineraries, advice and guidance regarding ports of call and current air availability for fly-cruises.

"We are so sorry for the disappointment this will cause.

"We continue to work in partnership with public health agencies at the highest level as well as Department for Transport, EU Healthy Gateways and Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the industry governing body, and hope to share details of our new approved health protocols shortly.

"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."

  • Cruises
  • Coronavirus

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