P&O Cruises Australia is extending its pause in operations by a further six weeks until September.
The extension applies to cruises scheduled to depart from July 31 to on or before the new date of September 17.
The decision “is consistent with the line’s practical approach to the operating environment”.
It means that the company will not have sailed for 18 months due to Covid-19 travel restrictions. The line first announced its first 30-day pause in March 2020.
The Carnival Corporation’s Australian brand said: “The extended pause is being applied as the cruise industry continues to work with relevant government authorities to establish a pathway for the restart of cruising in Australia.”
Affected passengers will be notified of the pause and options available either directly or via their appointed travel agent.
P&O Cruises Australia president Sture Myrmell said: “We are supporting our industry association as it works with governments and public health authorities to develop a framework for the successful resumption of cruising.
“I again wish to thank our guests for their unwavering loyalty to P&O Cruises Australia and their passion to cruise with us.
“We look forward to the day when a pathway is confirmed for cruising’s return so that we can welcome everyone back onboard.
“For now, we continue to assist our guests in every way we can in spite of the current uncertainty.”