P&O Cruises has announced details of its Ultimate Escape cruises from Southampton to Nowhere this summer. The cruise line will deploy its flagship Britannia and the brand new Iona for stays of three to seven nights from June to September, reserved for fully vaccinated UK residents.
Iona (Photo courtesy of P&O Cruises)
In light of the recent announcements, we have every reason to expect our customers to enjoy their holidays this summer, said Paul Ludlow, President of P&O Cruises. After the hardships and challenges of the past year, everyone certainly deserves some fun, and this series of cruises will provide some memorable and much-needed trips to Britain.
Britain will offer stays of three and four nights and a six-night stay from the 27th. June to the 19th. September. Iona will be from 7 o’clock. August to the 18th. September to offer seven-day trips.
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These are non-stop coastal cruises, with the exception of the final six-day UK cruise, which includes a stopover in Liverpool and organized shore excursions. Britain will alternate between three and four-night voyages from Southampton along the south coast of Cornwall, while Jonah’s longer seven-night voyages will take in the French coast and Channel Islands.
Iona’s first season begins on the 7th. August with a seven-day cruise around the Scottish islands. The ship anchors off the eponymous island of Iona and can stay until sunset to enjoy magical views of the historic shores.
Non-stop, P&O has a few options for itineraries. The line says the boats go where the sun shines brightest. According to Ludlow, they’re serious: We will pay attention to the weather forecast on every cruise and try to take our ships where it is warm and sunny.
Britain after the sun (Photo courtesy of P&O Cruises)
The announcement of the programme on the P&O website indicates that the yachts offer a welcome change after what has been a year of captivity for many.
All guests must provide proof of full immunisation
After months of chores, you deserve a stay at a luxury hotel, a soothing spa, dinner and a show….. Fortunately, with us you don’t have to choose just one thing. Everything you missed and more awaits you on board.
All guests must provide proof of full vaccination. For these cruises, the definition of vaccinated is at least seven days after the second dose of the currently licensed KOVID-19 vaccine. Travel insurance will also be mandatory for guests.
Although there are no age restrictions on swimming, many UK residents under the age of 18 are not vaccinated and therefore cannot swim. This has provoked some criticism on social media, but P&O says it is the right decision to make at this time.
cruisers may also requirescreening.
Given the progress of the UK vaccination programme and our customers’ strong preference for this limited series of UK coastal cruises, these trips on Britain and Iona will be reserved for vaccinated customers – UK residents KOVID-19, the cruise line said.
Even on cruises, passengers may need to be tested before disembarking, even though vaccination is mandatory.
As the vaccine comes to market and the government announces its roadmap for the future, the guidelines are constantly evolving, P&O said. Pre-plant trials of COVID-19 may be required as part of our protocols and are free.
In addition, all guests and crew must adhere to health and welfare measures, including appropriate social distancing and the wearing of masks in certain areas of the ship. Sanitary measures will be improved on all ships.
Crew members are not currently required to be vaccinated, but P&O says they will be subject to a strict testing and quarantine regime, as well as regular tests during their time on board.
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