P&O Cruises has put a pause on new bookings for sailings due to depart before June 21.

The move follows prime minister Boris Johnson’s announcement on Monday, where he suggested international travel and hospitality within the UK may be able to resume from May 17.

Johnson also said he hoped all social contact restrictions would be eased by June 21.

P&O stressed that scheduled cruises due to depart before that date were not cancelled despite the pause in new bookings.

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A spokeswoman said: “Following the UK government briefing on Monday showing the roadmap back for hospitality and travel, we await more clarity on likely dates for domestic and international cruising.

“While we seek additional clarification to fully understand the requirements and impact of the briefing, and to minimise any potential disappointment, we have temporarily stopped selling all cruises that are due to depart before June 21.

“These cruises have not been cancelled and there is no action required from any guests booked on these cruises. Should it be necessary to extend our pause and cancel any more cruise dates then we will advise our guests as soon as possible.”

Yesterday, P&O’s parent company Carnival Cruise Line extended its suspension of sailings from US ports until June.

Three other Carnival Corporation brands – Holland America Line, Seabourn and Princess Cruises – have cancelled most 2021 departures from Canadian ports.