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P&O Cruises Further Extends Suspension of Global Cruise Operations Until January 2021
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P&O Cruises Further Extends Suspension of Global Cruise Operations Until January 2021

P&O Cruises Further Extends Suspension of Global Cruise Operations Until January 2021
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September 17, 2020

Kerry Spencer
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By Kerry Spencer
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(Updated 10:50 a.m. BST) -- P&O Cruises has further extended the suspension of cruise operations until January 2021 and all cruises from and to Southampton are cancelled through February.
The line has already cancelled two world cruises scheduled for next year on Aurora and Arcadia.
P&O Cruises originally announced a 30-day suspension on March 16, following CLIA's recommendation for cruise lines to voluntarily and temporarily pause operations, before extending for a second time on March 30 through May 14, a fourth time through July 31 and a fifth through October 15.
P&O Cruises president Paul Ludlow said: "With evolving restrictions on travel from the UK, unfortunately it is necessary to cancel these itineraries.
"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."
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Most of the P&O Cruises fleet is currently moored off the south coast of England and it's possible to see the ships on so-called "Ghost ship tours" from Mudeford.
At present, there is a blanket ban on all ocean cruising from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.
Ludlow confirmed that 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.
He added: “We cannot wait for restrictions to ease, borders to open and for us to once again be able to set sail for a new beginning."
All passengers who were booked on these cancelled sailings will receive an enhanced Future Cruise Credit which gives an additional 25 percent on top of the amount paid for the holiday.
All passengers with bookings on a cancelled cruise will be notified and will automatically receive an enhanced 125 percent Future Cruise Credit or alternatively a 100 percent refund.
See the full list of cruise lines suspending fleet operations.
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