In line with the company's review of the temporary pause in operations, the Carnival Corporation-owned subsidiary P&O Australia announced a 6-week extension to its suspension of cruises - through September 17, 2021.
The extension to P&O’s pause applies to voyages scheduled to depart from July 31 to on/before the new date of September 17 and is consistent with the practical approach of the line to the operating environment.
The extended suspension of sailings is being applied as the industry continues to work with relevant government authorities in order to establish a pathway for the restart of cruises in Australia.
Passengers whose bookings have been affected will be notified of the options available either directly or via the appointed travel agent.
According to P&O Australia's President Sture Myrmell, the decision reflected their respect for their guests so they could plan their vacations 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.
“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 onboard.
“For now, we continue to assist our guests in every way we can in spite of the current uncertainty.”
The brand's current fleet includes three ex-Princess Cruises ships - Pacific Adventure/Golden Princess (restarts operations on Oct 4), Pacific Encounter/Star Princess (on Oct 2) and Pacific Explorer/Dawn Princess (on Sept 20).