P&O Cruises has amended its original summer schedule – replacing it with a series of short-break and week-long “staycation” UK cruises.
The line’s current published programme onboard Arcadia, Aurora, Azura and Ventura has been suspended until the end of August, and on Britannia and its upcoming flagship Iona until the end of September.
P&O’s UK sailings will go on sale later in March with more details of dates, prices and onboard experience announced later this month.
President Paul Ludlow said UK-based holidays “will be the first to become a reality”, with hopes of international travel returning gradually this summer, and added the programme’s creation would allow guests “to be able to enjoy a proper summer holiday at sea”.
“We remain in very close contact with the UK government and associated bodies as we monitor the latest situation and guidance on travel. From the moment we see travel restrictions lifting we will begin the significant logistical task to restart our operations,” added Ludlow.
“It will take some time for the first ship to return to service, followed by the phased return of the remaining fleet. We cannot wait to welcome everyone back onboard with the protection of effective protocols to safeguard the health and wellbeing of all crew and guests.”
All guests whose cruises have been cancelled will automatically receive a future cruise credit worth 125% of their fare. The credit can be redeemed against any new booking made by the end of December 2021, on any cruise on sale at the time of booking.
Alternatively, a 100% refund is available through P&O’s online form and can be requested until December 2021.