British Cruise Line P&O Won’t Start Sailing Again Until October (Video)
Passengers who had booked a cruise that is now canceled will receive a Future Cruise Credit worth an additional 25 percent of whatever they had already paid
P&O Cruises announced it's extending its halt on cruising again, this time til October 15.
In a video posted to Twitter on Tuesday, the cruise line’s CEO Paul Ludlow said that P&O is continuing to develop its new safest operating procedure and, as such, will take until mid-October to work in tandem with regulators and advisors.
“I’m sure that many of you are weary of hearing us extend our pause but unfortunately as the world continues to adapt to this global crisis, we have made the decision, difficult as it is, to extend our pause in operations for all sailings up to and including October 15, 2020,” Ludlow said.
When the cruises resume, passengers will notice changes in the form of pre-boarding screening and enhanced cleaning onboard. And there will also be extra precautions taken in dining service, on-board entertainment, and shore excursions.
Passengers who had booked a cruise that is now canceled will receive a Future Cruise Credit (FCC) worth an additional 25 percent of whatever they had already paid. The FCCs will be valid on any cruise through December 2021. There is no need to contact the cruise line as FCCs will be automatically applied to individual bookings.
P&O has not yet made cruises for 2022 or 2023 available for booking.
Although cruise resume dates are different all around the world, several major cruise lines may not be back in the water until autumn at the earliest. Earlier this week, Canada banned medium and large-sized cruise ships from its waters until at least the end of October.
In the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have a no-sailing order that is in place until July 24. Cruise ships will not be permitted to operate in American waters until the end of July, at the earliest.