P&O’s much-anticipated domestic cruises in the UK have been announced with all the important details that cruise goers need to know. And yes, all guests must be vaccinated for the trip.
This announcement follows our article last week, in which the cruise line announced plans to reopen for the summer, but only in the UK. This is all thanks to the British government, which allowed the cruise industry to open up in the 17th century. May 2021 allowed.
P&O Cruises will offer domestic cruises with short calls in the UK and week-long cruises on the Iona, the newest and largest ship in its fleet, from June 2021. Both depart from Southampton between June and September.
Britain, which was added to the fleet in 2015, will be in high demand for short breaks this summer. From June 27, 2021 to June 19, 2021. In September 2021, three- and four-night packages will be offered, as well as a six-night offering.
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The short cruises depart from Southampton, England and do not include any ports of call. During the trip, guests can enjoy the sunshine on the south coast of England.
Iona’s new offering is expected to be very popular, and it will be the first time a brand new cruise ship will sail with guests on board. It has been on standby since its delivery by Meyer Werft in October 2020.
The Iona will offer seven-day cruises from August 7, 2021 to August 18, 2021. September 2021 offer. The maiden voyage will take place on the 7th. August from Southampton. The ship will offer coastal cruises in Scotland, including the Inner Hebrides and the Isle of Iona!
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P&O Cruises chairman Paul Ludlow said:
To kick off Iona’s special girls’ season, the new Ultimate Escape holiday series includes an unforgettable seven-day girls’ sailing trip through the Scottish Isles. The Iona will anchor off the eponymous island of Iona and extend her stay until sunset to enjoy magical views of the historic coastline.
For seven additional nights, guests can enjoy a coastal cruise along the Channel Islands and the French coastline.
Not everyone will be able to enjoy P&O’s domestic cruises, as only vaccinated UK customers can sail. This is due to the country’s progress in introducing the vaccine in recent weeks.
Guests must receive a second dose at least seven days before departure. Vaccination must be provided at the terminal prior to boarding.
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It is important to note that there are no age restrictions on the recently announced domestic cruises, but all guests must be vaccinated. This will likely result in most adults being able to travel and children being left out.
Strict health precautions will be taken on board, developed with the advice of health experts and government agencies.
So it looks like the UK will be the first country in the world to revive cruising on a large scale. P&O is just one of many cruise lines planning to cruise again this summer. Viking Cruises will begin sailing yachts in the UK hinterland in May.
The port of Southampton is buzzing with activity as UK containment loosens and people are ready to travel after more than a year of pandemic control.
In no other country in the world, except Singapore, is swimming still allowed. The US industry remains in limbo, and Norwegian Cruise Line has already extended its suspension until July 2021.
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