P&O Cruises have made the difficult decision to pull Oceana from the Dubai and Arabian Gulf 2019-2020 winter season.
This decision has been made due to the incident in which the British flagged ship Stena Impero was seized by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard as it passed through the Strait of Hormuz.
We believe that these sailings will be good value for money, so keep an eye out for when they’re announced.
Paul Ludlow (President of P&O Cruises) stated, “The increased tension in the region highlighted by the attacks on tankers in the strait 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”.
“Whilst we appreciate our guests will be disappointed, the safety of our guests and crew is absolutely paramount and given our UK status, coupled with the uncertainty in the region, we have had to make this difficult decision.”
P&O Cruises have ensured that all customers will receive a full refund. On the 20th of August 2019, P&O Cruises have communicated that new itineraries will be released to replace the Dubai and Arabian Gulf programme. Plans are underway to include cruises from Southampton on the ship, heading to the Canary Islands, Portugal and Spain.
What do you think of the news? Were you due to sail on P&O Cruises Oceana to Dubai and the Arabian Golf? Would you replace with a Southampton cruise instead? Let us know below…
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