P&O Cruises will extend its operations pause until Oct. 15, the Carnival Corp. brand said Tuesday. 

“As a business our operational focus is not when can we resume sailing but is instead how can we develop a comprehensive restart protocol that will keep everyone on board -- our crew and guests -- safe and well and still give our guests an amazing holiday,” said P&O president Paul Ludlow in a release. 

The British cruise line said it is focusing on working in close coordination with relevant public health organizations to approve the enhancement of its health and safety protocols.

“Our aspiration is to be adopting best practice in managing COVID-19 within the travel industry,” Ludlow said, adding that the line already has in place many of the protocols now being adopted for social gathering venues such as hand-sanitizing stations and rigorous cleaning and disinfecting procedures. 

P&O’s Iona, a 5,200-passenger ship powered by liquefied natural gas, was supposed to enter service in May. German shipbuilder Meyer Werft has not set a new delivery date.

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