No vaccination, no voyage – that will be the rule for the UK’s leading cruise line when it resumes domestic sailings in June.
P&O Cruises says only people who have received both Covid-19 jabs, and waited a further week, will be allowed onboard the first voyages the company plans to operate since April last year.
The company’s first departure will be from Southampton on 27 June. Britannia will make a series of three- and four-night “voyages to nowhere” – with no ports of call. Instead, the captain will try to set a course for sunny weather.
The cruises, including all meals and accommodation, start at £449.
A new P&O vessel, Iona, will operate a series of week-long cruises starting on 7 August, which will including anchoring off her namesake Scottish island of Iona – but without the opportunity to land. The lowest price is £1,199.
Paul Ludlow, president of P&O Cruises, said: “Whilst there is still uncertainty about holidays abroad this summer, we are delighted to be able to offer our guests the ultimate escape here in the UK with the reassurance that we will take care of everything.