P&O demands two-dose vaccination for UK cruisers
Announcing details of its Ultimate Escape UK holidays, P&O Cruises says sailings on cruise liners Britannia and Iona will be for UK resident, Covid-19 vaccinated guests only.
This, the company says, is the ‘strong expressed preference’ on the part of its guests.
P&O is defining ‘vaccinated’ to include the second dose of the currently approved Covid-19 vaccines – seven days prior to departure. Proof of vaccination and the dates given will be required for boarding. Failure to provide this evidence will result in denial of boarding.
All other P&O Cruises holidays currently on sale do not require guests to be vaccinated.
The series of short breaks on Britannia and week-long cruises on new ship Iona will depart from Southampton between June and September, sailing around the UK coast.
“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,” says P&O Cruises president, Paul Ludlow. “Also, we really will look at the weather forecast each cruise and aim to take our ships where it is warm and sunny.”
P&O says all guests and crew will be required to follow enhanced health and wellbeing measures which have been developed in coordination with UK government agencies. These include enhanced sanitation measures, appropriate social distancing and wearing masks in certain areas.
Travel insurance documents will also be checked at the terminal and boarding will be denied, at guests’ own expense, for anyone without appropriate cover. Insurance must include medical and repatriation cover of £2m minimum that includes cover for emergency evacuations and medical expenses related to Covid-19.