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P&O Cruises extends pause in operations for all sailings until October 15

P&O Cruises has announced an extension to the pause of operations until October 15 2020, as it focuses on coordinating with public health bodies to approve further enhancement of the company’s health and safety protocols.

In a series of videos, P&O Cruises president Paul Ludlow said: “As a business, our operational focus is not  'when can we resume sailing?', but is instead, “how can we develop a comprehensive restart protocol that will keep everyone on board, our crew and guests, safe and well and still give our guests an amazing holiday?'”

“We are working with government and industry bodies like Public Health England (PHE) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to review and establish a framework of policies and procedures in managing COVID-19 within the travel industry. 

“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. We are so sorry for the disappointment this will cause so many of our guests.”

All guests who were booked on these cancelled sailings will receive an enhanced Future Cruise Credit which gives an additional 25% on top of the amount paid for the holiday.

“P&O Cruises is also introducing a 5% deposit for new bookings made between 27 May and 29 June 2020. The offer is available on applicable Early Saver and Select Price holidays of 19 nights or fewer from January 2021.”

Expanding on the likely protocols Ludlow said: “We have for years had in place many of the protocols now considered advisable for other social gathering venues, such as hand-sanitising stations and rigorous cleaning and disinfecting procedures. We also have for years gone beyond those protocols by having guests complete a health declaration form and having a comprehensive medical facility on board each ship providing 24/7 medical care and treatment. During the recent crisis, we added robust health screening upon embarkation, starting with the thermal scanning of guests and crew.


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