The P&O Cruises, one of the largest UK cruise companies, has suspended operating tours in the Persian Gulf upcoming fall and winter due to concerns over recent seizure of UK-flagged ships by Iran, the company’s president, Paul Ludlow, said on Wednesday.

“The increased tension in the region highlighted by the attacks on tankers in the Straits and the detention of a British-flagged tanker by the Iranian authorities means as a British company flying the Red Ensign it is not advisable for us to maintain our planned Dubai and Arabian Gulf programme this winter season. We have therefore taken the unusual step of withdrawing Oceana from the region for the upcoming season,” Ludlow was quoted as saying by the Arabian Business magazine.

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