Ban on international cruises to be lifted from 2 August

International cruises will be able to resume from England from 2 August. This follows the 16-month ban on international cruises due to the covid pandemic. The green light for international cruises is part of the government plan to relax isolation rules for US and EU arrivals. 

Transport secretary Grant Shapps said yesterday: “We’re also able to confirm the restart of international cruises and flexible testing programmes to help key workers and drive our economic recovery. 

Whether you’re a family or a business, this is progress we can all enjoy.”

Domestic cruises have been allowed to run from May but international cruises have been prohibited.

Most operators will not allow people on to ships unless they have been given both doses of the vaccination.

According to a spokesperson, P&O Cruises’ Britannia will begin her planned western Mediterranean cruises on 25 September 2021.

Cunard’s international itineries will begin in October.

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