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P&O Cruises Australia Extends Cruising Pause Until Mid-September

In line with the periodic review of its temporary pause in operations, P&O Cruises Australia today announced a six-week extension to the pause to 17 September 2021.

In line with the periodic review of its temporary pause in operations, P&O Cruises Australia today announced a six-week extension to the pause to 17 September 2021.

P&O Cruises Australia has announced that it has to extend its current cruising suspension here in Australia.

The extension to the voluntary pause applies to cruises scheduled to depart from 31 July to on or before the new date of 17 September 2021, and is consistent with the line’s practical 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.

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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 our respect for our 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,” Mr Myrmell 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 onboard.

“For now, we continue to assist our guests in every way we can in spite of the current uncertainty.”

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CLIA is urging the Australian and New Zealand governments for a return to cruising plan, with Joel Katz, Managing Director Australasia, highlighting the lack of progress being made towards a responsible resumption of local cruise operations.

He said “Cruise lines globally have committed to extensive new health protocols in response to COVID-19, including 100% testing of all guests and crew. These measures are among the most comprehensive of any industry worldwide and are already working successfully in several countries overseas.”