P&O Cruises announces new season of ex-UK winter holidays following withdrawal from Dubai
Following close monitoring of the situation within the Straits of Hormuz and taking advice from external authorities we have taken the decision to cancel our planned Dubai and Arabian Gulf programme from October 2019 to March 2020.
The increased tension in the region highlighted by the attacks on tankers in the Straits and the detention of a British-flagged tanker by the Iranian authorities means as a British company flying the Red Ensign it is not advisable for us to maintain our planned Dubai and Arabian Gulf programme this winter season.
We have therefore taken the unusual step of withdrawing Oceana from the region for the upcoming season. Whilst we appreciate our guests will be disappointed, the safety of our guests, crew and ship is absolutely paramount and given our UK status, coupled with the uncertainty in the region, we have had to make this difficult decision.
All bookings will be cancelled and guests will be given a full refund.
A range of new holiday options for Oceana are being developed and will be on sale from 9am on August 20, 2019. This will include departures from Southampton sailing to Spain, Portugal and the Canary Islands, as well as a pre-Christmas 35 night cruise to the Caribbean.
All guests affected by this change will receive an exclusive offer on 2020/21 Dubai and Arabian Gulf holidays as well as Caribbean fly/cruises as we have two ships, Britannia and Azura, based in the Caribbean from October 2019 to March 2020 for winter sun holidays.