P&O Cruises: UK Harvest, coronavirus cruise

P&O Cruises ship donates 8.5 tonnes of fresh produce

P&O Cruises ship Ventura has been doing her bit for charity during the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak by supporting charity UK Harvest with donations of fresh produce.

So far, 8.5 tonnes of fruit and vegetables from Ventura has been distributed to groups across Bognor Regis, Portsmouth, Worthing and Brighton, as well as food banks across the UK, including Eastbourne, Hastings, Crawley, Croydon and Southampton.

In a statement posted on Twitter, the cruise line said that it was “proud” to be supporting UK Harvest with its donations during these challenging times.

UK Harvest is a charity that distributes surplus food from businesses to charities, homeless centres, refuges and youth centres.

Cruise ship Ventura is currently docked in Southampton, where she will remain until the suspension of cruises has been lifted.

P&O Cruises recently announced an extension of its suspension of cruises for the third time. The cruise line was originally meant to resume sailings on 15 May, an extra month after the original resume date of 11 April was scheduled, but this date has now been extended once again until 31 July.

This has meant that the much-anticipated ‘Ionafest’ sailing for its new ship, Iona, has had to be postponed.

All guests with a holiday booked up to and including 31 July this year will automatically receive a 125 per cent Future Cruise Credit (FCC).

Visit pocruises.com and ukharvest.org.uk for more information.

Our view:

The cruise industry is facing an unprecedented and ever-changing situation, and we are committed to keeping you informed with the most up-to-date news. However, we firmly believe that the cruise industry will bounce back. When it does, we’ll be on hand to help you get back to selling the cruises that people love.   

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