P&O Cruises Australia has added a six-week extension to its pause in operations, stretching its comeback date to 17 September 2021.
The extension applies to cruises scheduled to depart from 31 July to on or before the new date and is a result of the line’s approach to the operating environment.
The extended pause is being applied as the cruise industry continues to work with relevant government authorities to establish a pathway for the restart of cruising in Australia.
Guests whose bookings have been affected will be notified of the pause and options available either directly or via their appointed travel agent.
P&O Cruises Australia president Sture Myrmell said the decision reflected the cruise line’s respect for its guests so they could plan their holidays with as much certainty as possible.
“We are supporting our industry association as it works with governments and public health authorities to develop a framework for the successful resumption of cruising,” he said.
“I again wish to thank our guests for their unwavering loyalty to P&O Cruises Australia and their passion to cruise with us.
“We look forward to the day when a pathway is confirmed for cruising’s return so that we can welcome everyone back on board.
“For now, we continue to assist our guests in every way we can in spite of the current uncertainty.”