Cruise operator Carnival’s units cancel Australian voyages through mid-December

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Carnival Corp’s Princess Cruises and P&O Cruises Australia cancelled voyages in and out of the country through mid-December, citing uncertainty regarding the resumption of cruise holidays.

Australia banned the entry of cruise ships in March 2020 when they were the source of most of the country’s early COVID-19 cases. The curbs were extended last month to Sept. 17.

P&O Cruises Australia said in a statement that the industry had been in talks with the Australian government and public health authorities since last October for the re-start of domestic-only cruising.

“They (the cruise businesses) are like every business in Australia – they need certainty, and I am concerned they may find it increasingly difficult to hang on without a clear pathway forward,” P&O Cruises Australia President Sture Myrmell said.

Princess Cruises said in a separate statement that it would move guests booked for a canceled trip to an equivalent cruise next year.

File photo of the cruise ship Adonia, from the Carnival’s Fathom line. EPA/ERNESTO MASTRASCUSA