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P&O Cruises extends “pause of operations” until May 15

P&O Cruises is extending its pause in operations for all sailings up to and including May 15, 2020 as a result of the continued impact of COVID-19.

P&O Cruises' president Paul Ludlow, said: 

“It is clear that our original date of April 11 to resume sailings, which would have been a 30 day pause in operations, is just not feasible in light of the government announcements last week.

“Regrettably, therefore, we are now extending this pause until May 15. Given the current guidelines it is prudent and practical to extend the pause until normal operations can be resumed.

Ludlow continued: “Our travel partners and agents have been, are, and will remain critical to the future success of P&O Cruises. We thank them all for the continued support and understanding. Their work and effort on behalf of our mutual guests in recent weeks has been outstanding. We share their dismay that high street branches are closed during this usually buoyant and popular time. 

“In addition, the restrictions have forced the temporary slow down of work by Meyer Werft in Germany, where the final outfitting on new ship Iona is being completed. We are working with the team at the shipyard to look at the impact upon her delivery.

“We are so sorry for the disappointment that this will cause to everyone who was excited about her arrival and particularly those agents who have booked guests on Iona’s maiden voyage and also those agents who were due to join us for the Shine event during the inaugural period. As soon as we have more clarity on the re-scheduled delivery date we will let everyone know and we are keeping our agent partners regularly updated via emails and on the Shine Rewards Club website.”

Guests with a holiday booked up to and including May 15 this year will receive a future cruise credit of 125% which will be fully commissionable.


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