‘It is clear that whilst the guidance is in place it is not advisable for us to resume operations’, says Paul Ludlow, president, P&O Cruises. ‘As well as cancelling all cruises up until November 12, 2020 we will, sadly, also be cancelling Aurora’s Caribbean & South America Adventure and Arcadia’s World Cruise.’
He added, ‘Given long-term planning, combined with the complexity and length of these long-haul itineraries and evolving border restrictions, we need to ensure that we adhere to the guidance as it stands.
‘We know that the FCO guidance is under constant review and we are hopeful that, as they are aware of the work the industry is doing, this will change before too long.’
In July, Sture Myrmell, president of Carnival Australia and P&O Cruises Australia, announced an extension of the rolling pause of operations in Australia and New Zealand until October 29.
Ludlow went on to add that P&O will not resume sailing until an ‘approved framework is in place’ to protect guests and crew. The company is working with the Department for Transport, EU Healthy Gateways, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and public health agencies on adopting best practice.
Ludlow confirmed that the company will continue to take delivery of the 185,000gt, LNG-powered Iona ‘before the autumn.’