P&O Cruises has introduced it should withdraw from Dubai this winter as stress continues to rise within the Gulf.
Numerous British-flagged vessels have been seized in a battle with Iran, elevating safety fears.
Following shut monitoring of the scenario throughout the Straits of Hormuz and taking recommendation from exterior authorities P&O Cruises has cancelled its deliberate Dubai and Arabian Gulf programme from October till no less than March subsequent yr.
P&O Cruises president, Paul Ludlow, stated: “The elevated stress within the area highlighted by the assaults on tankers within the Straits and the detention of a British-flagged tanker by the Iranian authorities means as a British firm flying the Purple Ensign it isn’t advisable for us to keep up our deliberate Dubai and Arabian Gulf programme this winter season.
“We’ve got subsequently taken the bizarre step of withdrawing Oceana from the area for the upcoming season.
“Whereas we recognize our visitors shall be disillusioned, the security of our visitors and crew is completely paramount and given our UK standing, coupled with the uncertainty within the area, we’ve needed to make this troublesome resolution.”
All bookings shall be cancelled, and visitors shall be given a full refund, P&O stated.
A spread of recent vacation choices for Oceana are being developed and shall be on from August 20th.
It will embrace departures from Southampton crusing to Spain, Portugal and the Canary Islands, in addition to a pre-Christmas 35-night cruise to the Caribbean.