P&O UK restarts cruises for vaccinated passengers only

   March 18, 2021 ,   Cruise Industry

P&O Cruises UK announced it will restart domestic holidays this summer, but only for residents of the United Kingdom who have been fully COVID vaccinated.

The company is offering short sailings (mini cruises to nowhere) on two liners and around the UK coastline. Coronavirus restrictions mean the vessels will not call at any ports. However, there will be the usual dining and entertainment program onboard.

P&O UK's ships Britannia and Iona are scheduled to sail on 3- to 7-night roundtrips from Southampton - between late June-September 2021. The first departure (June 27) will mark the first time when a P&O-operated liner sails with passengers in 16 months.

P&O said all travellers would have to have received their 2nd dose of an approved COVID vaccination at least 7 days before sailing.

Cruise passengers will have to provide proof of vaccination and the dates they were administered prior to boarding. Those who fail to provide such evidence will not be allowed to board.

P&O has yet to confirm what evidence it accepts as proof of vaccination.

According to the cruise operator, there would be enhanced sanitation measures, social distancing, and the wearing of masks in certain onboard areas of the ship, while the crew members will undergo quarantine beforehand as well as regular testing while onboard.