When cruises return, new measures will be necessary, says P&O’s Ludlow

P&O Cruises has extended the pause in operations until at least July 31st 2020 as a result of the continuing impact of Covid-19. P&O Cruises president Paul Ludlow said that “We are working hard to make sure that a holiday with P&O Cruises adheres to relevant measures and guidelines to protect everyone onboard without compromising our guests’ enjoyment and experience. These new stringent measures will be in place as soon as we reintroduce our ships and we will all get used to them in the same way as we got used to airline hand luggage restrictions”, Ludlow said, adding that “they will become the new normal and they will give our guests and crew reassurance and peace of mind”.

Ludlow said that, with the current lockdown in place and Government guidelines around the world advising against travel, it had become necessary to extend the pause in the company’s operations for all sailings up to and including July 31st 2020.

He noted that these dates included the much-anticipated Ionafest and said that P&O was looking to re-schedule that as soon as possible.

In the meantime, pending more clarity on the longer term impact of Covid-19 and timing on the world’s return to normality, P&O said that it was considering the evolving advice as well as potential restrictions in ports of call as the company looks at how and when it can phase its ships back into service.

All guests with a holiday booked up to and including July 31st this year will automatically receive a 125% Future Cruise Credit (FCC). FCCs may be used for any sailing up to the end of March 2022 for any sailing (subject to availability) with bookings to be made before the end of December 2021.

FCCs can now be used against a second cabin. Following feedback, P&O cruise guests can also now gift or transfer the FCC.