P&O Cruises, part of Carnival Corporation, has cancelled all sailings until early 2021, as “evolving restrictions on travel from the UK unfortunately it is necessary to extend our current pause.”
All Caribbean cruises are cancelled until the end of January 2021 and all cruises from and to Southampton are cancelled through February as well as Arcadia and Aurora, which have already been cancelled through to the end of their spring world cruises.
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.
P&O Cruises president Paul Ludlow said the company is working with several of the “most brilliant minds in science as well as government at the highest level” on the approved and enhanced health protocols, which will be in place once the company resumes sailing.
“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.”
All guests with bookings on a cancelled cruise will be notified and will automatically receive an enhanced 125% Future Cruise Credit or alternatively can fill in the web form for a 100% refund. This can be used on any new booking made before 31 December 2021 for any holiday on sale during that period.
P&O’s plans to take delivery of its newest ship, Iona, this autumn. Final outfitting has been done, and once the approved framework of protocols is in place and “we have looked at how we phase our ships back into service we will then confirm Iona’s maiden cruise and inaugural activity.”
The 5,200-guest vessel will begin its inaugural season in the Norwegian Fjords, followed by a winter season in the Canary Islands, Spain, and Portugal. The winter season will also sail seven-night Northern European City Escapes take in a range of standout cities in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands, with late calls and overnights.
Iona offers 14 restaurants on board including The Quays, The Olive Grove and Sindhu. She’s also home to 19 bars and cafés. There’s also a theatre, spa, 4 pools, library, art gallery, cinema, a sports arena, and fully equipped gym.