P&O has revealed plans to restart its international cruises this autumn following the launch of its UK coastal cruises in June. The plans mean that the line is cancelling cruises on some of its vessels through to April 2022.
Britannia will begin its planned western Mediterranean itineraries on September 25, while Iona will start its Atlantic coast holidays from the same date.
Ventura will restart with its planned programme of Atlantic islands holidays from October 3.
Following the Mediterranean season which runs until October, Britannia will head to the Caribbean to begin its winter season as scheduled.
Azura will begin Caribbean fly/cruises from December 10, 2021, which is later than scheduled.
Arcadia and Aurora’s long-haul cruises due to depart in January 2022 have been cancelled. These two ships will not begin sailing until next year.
A replacement winter sun itinerary for Aurora will be announced shortly.
P&O Cruises president Paul Ludlow said: “We are very much looking forward to getting Britannia and Iona back to sea for the series of UK coastal cruises – staycations at their best – which are certainly proving very popular and then beginning our international restart as we phase in each of the other ships.
“As we know the UK government has developed a traffic light system for holidays abroad this summer. The current situation means that whilst unfortunately there will be a number of cancellations of itineraries on some ships, we are looking ahead and planning for the future with vigour.
“We are confident that destinations will soon open up their borders both for UK travellers and also for cruise ships. Spain and its islands and the Caribbean are both looking very positive and we are seeing, one by one, countries publicly looking forward to welcoming us back.”
The line has also updated its vaccination policy following guest feedback.
For all sailings departing from September 25 to December 31, 2021, all guests aged 18 and over will be required to have completed their vaccination course a minimum of 14 days before sailing.
All guests aged 17 and below will need to have either completed their vaccination course a minimum of 14 days before sailing or will require a negative PCR test within 72 hours before travel.
All guests will also require a negative Covid-19 test at the terminal. The PCR and Covid-19 test at the terminal will be provided on a complimentary basis.
The vaccination policy for UK coastal cruises until September 24, 2021, remains that all passengers of all ages must have completed their vaccination course a minimum of seven days prior to sailing, or 14 days prior to sailing if they have received an approved single dose vaccine.
All guests who have had their cruise cancelled will automatically receive a Future Cruise Credit worth 125% of the standard deposit terms, and 100% of any additional monies paid. This Future Cruise Credit can be redeemed against any new booking made by the end of December 2021, on any cruise on sale at the time of booking. Cruises currently on sale run through to April 2023.