P&O Cruises Australia extends its cruise shipping pause in New Zealand to departures on/before April 25, 2021. The Carnival Corporation-owned company continues to work with NZ health authorities on the appropriate time to restart cruises.
P&O AU, which homeports ships in Auckland NZ for years, will return for a dedicated 150-day cruise season in July 2022.
According to Sture Myrmell (P&O Australia's President), the start of a new year had brought renewed optimism and confidence but it was important to remain realistic about the more immediate future.
Initially scheduled to commence sailings from Auckland from February 6, 2021, Pacific Explorer's operations were previously paused to March 4, 2021, and are already paused to April 25.
Pacific Adventure is scheduled to depart from Sydney, NSW Australia on April 30, 2021, while Pacific Encounter leaves out of homeport Brisbane on May 7, although additional voyages may be added earlier, depending on the timing of the return of sailing in Australia.
Guests who have not received an offer in response to a voyage that was cancelled during P&O Cruises' pause in operations can receive a full refund or bonus onboard credit in case they choose an FCC (future cruise credit).
Passengers with bookings affected by the pause in operations are able to track the progress of their FCC or refund request via a tracking tool found on the line's website.