P&O, Princess Cruises and Cunard have announced details of their UK summer season of coastal cruises this week and confirmed that they will be for UK resident COVID-19 vaccinated guests only. We think this a sensible approach and a stepping stone in opening up cruises to more destinations and a wider audience. After well over a year without a cruise, we are itching to get back to sea!

For these cruises the definition of “vaccinated” is a minimum of seven days following the second dose of the currently approved Covid-19 vaccines being administered. Proof of vaccination and the dates given will be required (approved forms of evidence will be confirmed closer to time of departure) and this will be required to be shown at the terminal prior to boarding. Failure to provide this evidence will result in denial of boarding.

There is no age restriction on this series of UK coastal cruises but all guests of all ages must meet the requirements of the Covid-19 vaccination policy. Thus children are less likely to qualify given the phased approach of the UK vaccination programme.

Whilst onboard new protocols will be introduced including enhanced sanitisation measures, appropriate social distancing and the wearing of masks in certain areas of the ship. Crew are not required to be vaccinated but will undergo a strict testing and quarantine regime as well as regular testing during their time on board.

Travel insurance will be mandatory for all guests and must include medical and repatriation cover of £2 million minimum that includes cover for emergency evacuations and medical expenses related to Covid-19. This will be checked prior to boarding.

Guests will not be permitted to board if you have been on a cruise with any cruise line in the previous 7 days. This means no back to back cruises.

All other cruises currently available for booking will not require guests to be vaccinated.

P&O

P&O Cruises is offering a series of short breaks on flagship Britannia this summer and week-long cruises on new ship Iona. These cruises will depart from Southampton between June and September, sailing around the UK coast.

As this is the start of Iona’s maiden season, the series of holidays includes a memorable seven night maiden voyage sailing around the Scottish islands. Iona will anchor off Iona, the island after which she was named, with a celebratory extended stay until sunset.

Setting sail from Southampton guests will be able to enjoy the ultimate British break on Britannia and Iona – gourmet dining and poolside bites; cocktails and coffees; shopping, spas, shows and endless sea views.

Britannia will offer three and four night breaks and one six night holiday running from June 27, 2021 through to September 19, 2021. Iona offers seven night itineraries running from August 7, 2021 to September 18, 2021. Prices start from £449 per person for a three night break on Britannia. Iona’s seven night maiden voyage starts from £1,199 per person.

Only balcony cabins or above will be available to book, on a guaranteed basis. Back to back bookings will not be available on these new cruises. Where there are ports, guests can get off the ship as long as they are booked on organised shore experiences only.

On sale from Monday 22nd March at 8:30 am. See http://www.pocruises.com

Britannia Sailings

Cruise /Nights /Date /Itinerary
B113N427th Jun 2021Southampton / South Cornwall Coastal / Southampton
B113P 31st Jul 2021Southampton / South Cornwall Coastal / Southampton
B113Q 44th Jul 2021Southampton / South Cornwall Coastal / Southampton
B113R38th Jul 2021Southampton / South Cornwall Coastal / Southampton
B114N 411th Jul 2021Southampton / South Cornwall Coastal / Southampton
B114P315th Jul 2021Southampton / South Cornwall Coastal / Southampton
B114Q 418th Jul 2021Southampton / South Cornwall Coastal / Southampton
B114R322nd Jul 2021Southampton / South Cornwall Coastal / Southampton
B115N425th Jul 2021Southampton / South Cornwall Coastal / Southampton
B115P 329th Jul 2021Southampton / South Cornwall Coastal / Southampton
B115Q41st Aug 2021Southampton / South Cornwall Coastal / Southampton
B115R35th Aug 2021Southampton / South Cornwall Coastal / Southampton
B116N48th Aug 2021Southampton / South Cornwall Coastal / Southampton
B116P312th Aug 2021Southampton / South Cornwall Coastal / Southampton
B116Q415th Aug 2021Southampton / South Cornwall Coastal / Southampton
B116R319th Aug 2021Southampton / South Cornwall Coastal / Southampton
B117N422nd Aug 2021Southampton / South Cornwall Coastal / Southampton
B117P 326th Aug 2021Southampton / South Cornwall Coastal / Southampton
B118Q729th Aug 2021Southampton / UK Coastal / UK Coastal / Liverpool / UK Coastal / Southampton
B119Q75th Sep 2021Southampton / UK Coastal / UK Coastal / UK Coastal / Liverpool / UK Coastal / Southampton
B120Q712th Sep 2021Southampton / UK Coastal / UK Coastal / UK Coastal / UK Coastal / Greenock / UK Coastal / Southampton
B121N619th Sep 2021Southampton / Liverpool (evening) / Southampton

Update: Since the original launch, P&O have announced that they are replacing six of Britannia’s 3 and 4-night breaks (from August 29 to September 16 inclusive), with three 7-night cruises. The three new cruises will go on sale at 8.30am on Tuesday March 30th. They will each feature a UK port of call and “a range of new shore experiences”

Iona Sailings

Cruise /Nights /Date /Itinerary
G126N77th Aug 2021Maiden Cruise: Southampton / Scottish Isles Coastal / Southampton
G127N 714th Aug 2021Southampton / Channel Island Coastal / French Coast Cruising / Southampton
G128N 721st Aug 2021Southampton / Scottish Isles Coastal / Southampton
G129N728th Aug 2021Southampton / Channel Island Coastal / French Coast Cruising / Southampton
G130N 74th Sep 2021Southampton / Channel Island Coastal / French Coast Cruising / Southampton
G131N 711th Sep 2021Southampton / Channel Island Coastal / French Coast Cruising / Southampton
G132N 718th Sep 2021Southampton / Channel Island Coastal / French Coast Cruising / Southampton

Princess Cruises

Princess are offering three to seven night escapes onboard Regal Princess and Sky Princess this summer, with some offering purely scenic cruises, and some with UK ports-of-call including Liverpool, Belfast and Glasgow. Fares include all-inclusive drinks, unlimited Wi-Fi and gratuities,~ plus full board fine dining, entertainment and the exclusive Princess MedallionClass experience powered by the OceanMedallion.

These Summer Seacations will feature many of the signature onboard experiences enjoyed on a Princess holiday. All dining venues will be open including the speciality restaurants, where guests can dine at Princess favourites Crown Grill Steakhouse and Sabatini’s Italian Trattoria, as well as newer additions to the fleet such as Sky Princess’ Bistro Sur La Mer speciality created with Three Michelin star chef Emmanuel Renaut.

A variety of entertainment will be on offer including award-winning production shows in the Princess Theatre, Movies Under the Stars, celebrity guest speakers and live musical performances, such as the resident trio in our signature live jazz venue, Take Five. Relaxation and leisure facilities such as fitness classes, swimming pools and spa treatments will also be available.

There will also be enhancements to Ocean Medallion available to supports the new health protocols. These include:

  • Watching the onboard safety video from your mobile device or stateroom TV
  • Checking into your muster station
  • Reserving events and view venue attendance to maintain physical distance

All-inclusive fares for a balcony stateroom start from £539pp for a three-night scenic voyage; £599pp for a four-night cruise with up to one port; and £999pp for a seven-night cruise with up to three ports-of-call. Guests can book with a £50 deposit if booked before May 3, 2021.

You will not be able to pre-select your cabin – bookings are by grade on a guaranteed basis.

On sale from Wednesday 24th March at 8am. See http://www.princess.com

Regal Princess Sailings

Cruise /Nights /Date /Itinerary
G121P331st Jul 2021Southampton / UK – Coastal Cruising / Southampton
G122P 43rd Aug 2021Southampton / UK – Coastal Cruising / Southampton
G123P 37th Aug 2021Southampton / UK – Coastal Cruising / Southampton
G124P 410th Aug 2021Southampton / UK – Coastal Cruising / Southampton
G125P 314th Aug 2021Southampton / UK – Coastal Cruising / Southampton
G125Q417th Aug 2021Southampton / UK – Coastal Cruising / Southampton
G126P 321st Aug 2021Southampton / UK – Coastal Cruising / Southampton
G126Q424th Aug 2021Southampton / UK – Coastal Cruising / Southampton
G126R428th Aug 2021Southampton / UK – Coastal Cruising / Southampton
G126S 41st Sep 2021Southampton / UK – Coastal Cruising / Belfast / UK – Coastal Cruising / Southampton
G127P45th Sep 2021Southampton / UK – Coastal Cruising / Southampton
G127Q79th Sep 2021Southampton / UK – Coastal Cruising / UK – Coastal Cruising / Belfast / Liverpool / UK – Coastal Cruising / UK – Coastal Cruising / Southampton
G127R716th Sep 2021Southampton / UK – Coastal Cruising / UK – Coastal Cruising / UK – Coastal Cruising / Belfast / UK – Coastal Cruising / UK – Coastal Cruising / Southampton
G127S723rd Sep 2021Southampton / UK – Coastal Cruising / Liverpool / Belfast / Greenock / UK – Coastal Cruising / UK – Coastal Cruising / Southampton

Sky Princess Sailings

Cruise /Nights /Date /Itinerary
Y121P430th Aug 2021Southampton / UK – Coastal Cruising / Southampton
Y122P 33rd Sep 2021Southampton / UK – Coastal Cruising / Southampton
Y123P 47th Sep 2021Southampton / UK – Coastal Cruising / Southampton
Y124P 310th Sep 2021Southampton / UK – Coastal Cruising / Southampton
Y125P 414th Sep 2021Southampton / UK – Coastal Cruising / Southampton
Y125Q517th Sep 2021Southampton / UK – Coastal Cruising / Southampton
Y125R 622nd Sep 2021Southampton / UK – Coastal Cruising / Greenock / Belfast / UK – Coastal Cruising / UK – Coastal Cruising / Southampton
Y126P728th Sep 2021Southampton / UK – Coastal Cruising / UK – Coastal Cruising / UK – Coastal Cruising / Belfast / Liverpool / UK – Coastal Cruising / Southampton

Cunard

Cunard have announced thirteen new voyages on Queen Elizabeth this summer. Sailing from July through to October, these voyages will range from three to twelve nights and will sail directly from Southampton and back:

British Isles Voyages – from uninterrupted sea days to unwind against the backdrop of ever changing scenery, to time ashore in some of the UK’s best loved cities, a British Isles voyage will give you the freedom to relax and indulge in the things you most enjoy.

Sun Voyages – enjoy a 7-night escape, sailing to wherever the sun shines brightest. These unscripted voyages offer uninterrupted sea days to indulge on Queen Elizabeth, as your captain sets a course each day for wherever the weather is warmest.

On sale from Wednesday 31st March. See http://www.cunard.com

Cruise /Nights /Date /Itinerary
Q119P419th Jul 2021Southampton / UK – Coastal Cruising / Southampton
Q119Q 323rd Jul 2021Southampton / UK – Coastal Cruising / Southampton
Q120P 426th Jul 2021Southampton / UK – Coastal Cruising / Southampton
Q120Q 730th Jul 2021Southampton / UK – Coastal Cruising / Southampton
Q121P 76th Aug 2021Southampton / UK – Coastal Cruising / Southampton
Q122P 713th Aug 2021Southampton / UK – Coastal Cruising / Southampton
Q123P 720th Aug 2021 Southampton / UK – Coastal Cruising / Southampton
Q124P 727th Aug 2021Southampton / UK – Coastal Cruising / Liverpool / UK – Coastal Cruising / Southampton
Q125P73rd Sep 2021Southampton / UK – Coastal Cruising / Greenock / Liverpool / UK – Coastal Cruising / Holyhead / UK – Coastal Cruising / Southampton
Q126P 410th Sep 2021Southampton / UK – Coastal Cruising / Liverpool / UK – Coastal Cruising / Southampton
Q127P 1014th Sep 2021Southampton / UK – Coastal Cruising / Invergordon / UK – Coastal Cruising / Liverpool / Belfast / Greenock / UK – Coastal Cruising / Holyhead / UK – Coastal Cruising / Southampton
Q128R 724th Sep 2021Southampton / UK – Coastal Cruising / Southampton
Q129Q 121st Oct 2021Southampton / UK – Coastal Cruising / Newcastle / UK – Coastal Cruising / Invergordon / UK – Coastal Cruising / Belfast / Greenock / UK – Coastal Cruising / Liverpool / Holyhead / UK – Coastal Cruising / Southampton

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We have already booked 3 of these sailings and can’t wait to be back at sea!

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