P&O Cancels Cruises Due to Crew Shortage
Updated: Apr 11, 2022
The company has canceled seven sailings on Arcadia to send crew to other ships.
Blaming Covid related issues, P&O Cruises effective immediately have canceled seven sailings on their Vista-class Arcadia.
According to social media posts from the company, “The current and extraordinary impact of COVID-19 in the UK, in the wider hospitality, service, and airline industry as a whole, has resulted in a temporary disruption to crewmembers available to join our ships. “As a result, P&O Cruises will be re-deploying crew from Arcadia to other ships in the fleet. This is being done in order to maintain the company’s high standards of service of which we are very proud, across the other five ships in the fleet,”
The website Cruisehive reports that guests booked on the now-canceled sailings are reporting that P&O Cruises is providing a full refund for the affected sailing, including any pre-paid shore tours. The cruise line is also offering savings on a future cruise and a future cruise credit (FCC) for onboard expenses. The percentage off a future cruise and the amount of the FCC vary based on which cruise the passenger had canceled as well as the fare paid.
The company will continue sailing with the remaining five ships in the fleet. The Arcadia is scheduled to return to service with a July 5 sailing. The itinerary for that cruise is scheduled to be a 14-day roundtrip Iceland itinerary from Southampton, also calling on ports in Norway and Ireland.