P&O has cancelled all cruises until April 2021 - what to do if you've booked

P&O has extended its suspension of cruising holidays, due to ongoing coronavirus travel restrictions.

The cruise line has now suspended its cruises until April 2021, due to "current uncertainty around European ports of call".

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‘Ever-changing guidance around international travel’

Until 2 December, travelling away from home - including internationally - is restricted from England except in limited circumstances such as for work or for education.

Differing rules apply in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, with the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) explaining that you must follow all the rules that apply to you.

The FCDO is also advising against cruise ship travel at this time, which applies to international travel on a ship that is “exclusively for pleasure or recreation,” providing overnight accommodation and leisure facilities such as entertainment venues or swimming pools.

P&O Cruises president, Paul Ludlow, said that “given the ever-changing guidance around international travel and the varying regulations in many European ports of call we felt it prudent to cancel these additional dates.

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"In addition, as the final payments are due for these cruises very soon we felt it was the right thing to do for our guests.

"We are so sorry to disappoint those who were due to travel but really hope they will re-book for later in the year or for our new programme of 2022 holidays which went on sale earlier this month with strong demand, showing great confidence in cruising in the future."

What do I need to do if I have a cruise booked?

If you have a holiday booked, you do not need to do anything as P&O said that it would be contacting all affected customers.

The cruise company will offer customers a range of options, including a 125 per cent Future Cruise Credit, or a full 100 per cent refund.