Gov­ern­ment de­lays cruis­ing fur­ther

Cruise Weekly - - News -

THE Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment is be­lieved to have ex­tended its cruise ship ban un­til 15 Jun (CW break­ing news), as noted by Princess Cruises and P&O Cruises Australia.

On Sat, Princess Cruises Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent Asia Pa­cific Stuart Al­li­son pro­vided an up­date to travel agents con­firm­ing the news, and say­ing the line was con­se­quently eval­u­at­ing all of its pre­vi­ously planned de­par­tures, which had al­ready been sus­pended for 60 days from 12 Mar through to 11 May.

Car­ni­val Australia & P&O Cruises Australia Pres­i­dent Sture Myrmell also shared the news on Sat in an up­date posted on P&O Cruises Australia’s Face­book page.

“We are nat­u­rally dis­ap­pointed on your be­half that we must now can­cel more cruises to ad­here to the ex­tended pause in oper­a­tions but P&O must con­tinue to sup­port the au­thor­i­ties in their ef­forts to pro­tect the com­mu­nity’s health and well­be­ing,” the post said.

“We look for­ward to re­sum­ing cruis­ing from 16 Jun when we can be­gin nor­mal oper­a­tions and de­liver amaz­ing cruise hol­i­days on our fleet.”

P&O Cruises Australia, as well as sis­ter brand Car­ni­val Cruise Line, last week ex­tended their vol­un­tary sus­pen­sions un­til 15 May (CW 26 Mar).

The Gov­ern­ment had pre­vi­ously sus­pended cruises for 30 days from 15 Mar (CW 16 Mar).

Pic­tured: Ruby Princess

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