P&O Cruises and Cunard suspend operations until April
By Cruise International | 16 Mar 2020
Southampton: As a result of the continued impact of COVID-19, and following the recommendation by the Cruise Lines International Association for cruise lines to voluntarily and temporarily suspend operations for 30 days, P&O Cruises and Cunard have suspended any new cruises until 11 April, 2020.
P&O Cruises president Paul Ludlow said:
“Having reviewed all of our ship operations and industry recommendations, we will bring our ships back to Southampton and suspend any new cruises until 11 April, 2020.
“This pause in operations has been done in an abundance of caution to support the global effort to contain the spread of Covid-19.”
Ludlow continued: “These truly are unprecedented times; the likes of which we certainly have never seen before. We are so sorry that the holidays of many of our guests will be disrupted but our priority is to safeguard the wellbeing of our guests and crew and by taking these extraordinary measures we will be able to do so.
“Given the immediate situation we are also looking at Iona’s itineraries in light of current restrictions in Norway and will provide an update to guests when we have more clarity.”
For all P&O Cruises’ guests impacted by this temporary suspension, the cruise line will provide a 125% Future Cruise Credit which will be applied automatically to guests’ accounts for use on a P&O Cruises holiday departing before the end of March 2022. For further details please see pocruises.com
All Cunard guests affected by the suspension are being contacted about the voyage and their options.