P&O announces return of cruises this summer as lockdown measures loosen

P&O is planning to welcome guests onto its cruise ships again this summer.

During a virtual meeting with the All Party Parliamentary Maritime and Group (APPMPG), maritime minister Robert Courts reportedly suggested domestic voyages will be able to recommence on May 17.

Operators have sprung into action as a result – with P&O Cruises president releasing a statement.

Paul Ludlow said: "We are delighted that the Government has acknowledged that UK domestic cruise holidays can begin from May 17.

“Whilst it will take some weeks after this date for us to restart our operations we are very much looking forward to welcoming guests on board this summer for our series of Ultimate Escape staycations – UK coastal cruises.

“Details of these, with ships, dates and itineraries will be announced later this month."

Currently, it is illegal to travel for holidays due to lockdown restrictions.

The gov.uk. website adds: “The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office advises against cruise ship travel at this time. This is due to the ongoing pandemic and is based on medical advice from Public Health England.

“Cruise ship travel means staying overnight for at least 1 night on a sea-going cruise ship with people from multiple households.

“Our advice against cruises applies to international travel on a ship that is exclusively for pleasure or recreation, providing overnight accommodation and other leisure facilities such as entertainment venues or swimming pools.

“Our advice does not include ferries or privately-rented boats.”

It’s looking more promising for travel fans though as Prime Minister Boris Johnson has outlined his lockdown lifting plans.

This, combined with the words of maritime minister Robert Courts, is bound to give hope to those itching to go cruising again.

So will you be booking a trip in 2021? Let us know in the comments below.

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