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P&O Cruises has announced itinerary updates and its expected deployment and phased re-start plan for the remainder of 2021 and into early 2022. The changes mean that Aurora and Arcadia will not sail again until 2022. P&O Cruises has also released updated information on its vaccination policy.

Scroll to find out itinerary updates for the ships in the P&O cruises fleet.

Itinerary Updates for Britannia

Britannia will begin the planned western Mediterranean itineraries on September 25 which will follow her series of UK coastal cruises beginning in June.

Following her Mediterranean season, which runs until October 2021, Britannia will reposition to the Caribbean for her winter season as scheduled.

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P&O Britannia in Cartagena
Britannia in warmer climes

Itinerary Updates for Iona

Following her series of UK coastal cruises beginning in August through to September 25, with her maiden voyage on August 7, Iona will start her Atlantic coast holidays from the same date.

Iona will be sailing Atlantic coast beginning with G133 on September 25, 2021.

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P&O Cruises IONA
(c) P&O Cruises: Iona

Itinerary Updates for Ventura

Ventura is currently paused up to September 4. 

Two new cruises have been cancelled:

  • N118 Baltic Cruise – 5 Sep 2021, 14 Nights
  • N119 Mediterranean Cruise – 19 Sep 2021, 14 Nights

Ventura’s first cruises will be the planned programme of Atlantic islands holidays from October 3, 2021, beginning with Canary Islands (N120) 11 nights.

P&O Cruises Ventura
(c) P&O Cruises

Itinerary Updates for Azura

Azura will begin Caribbean fly/cruises slightly later than published from December 10, 2021.

The following cruises have been cancelled:

  • A118A to A124A

Azura’s first cruise back will be Caribbean (A125) on 10 December 2021 for 14 nights.

P&O Cruises Azura in Southampton

Itinerary Updates for Aurora

Currently paused up to September 1, P&O cruises have announced 9 further cancellations.

The length and complexity of Aurora’s planned long haul cruises from January 2022 has forced these cancellations.

The following additional cruises have been cancelled:

  • R114 – R201

However a replacement itinerary for Aurora, with winter sun appeal, will be announced on June 28th.

At the time of writing, Aurora’s first cruise back will be Central Mediterranean (R202) for 19 nights departing on April 13, 2022.

P&O Aurora in Southampton
P&O Aurora in Southampton

Itinerary Updates for Arcadia

Currently paused up to September 14, Cruises on Arcadia are now paused up until 27 March 2022. However, unlike Aurora, no replacement itinerary has been announced for Arcadia over the winter.

The following additional cruises have been cancelled:

  • J114 – J203

Arcadia’s first cruise back in 2022 will be Canary Islands (J204) for 19 nights departing on March 27, 2022.

 

Arcadia P&O cruises
(c) P&O Cruises

Vaccination policy updates

P&O Cruises has also reviewed its vaccination policy. The company has stated that its vaccination and testing policy will be reviewed on a regular basis as the global situation continues to evolve.

For all cruises departing from September 25 to December 31, 2021:

  • All guests 18 years old and over will be required to have completed their vaccination course a minimum of 14 days prior to sailing.
  • All guests 17 years old and below will need to have completed their vaccination course a minimum 14 days prior to sailing or will require a negative PCR test within 72 hours prior to 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.

Planning for the future with vigour.

The vaccination policy for the UK coastal cruises until September 24 2021, remains that all guests travelling, of all ages, must have completed their vaccination course a minimum of seven days prior to sailing (or 14 days prior to sailing if an approved single dose vaccine).

In a statement from the company 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 re-start 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.”

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.

For full details and the latest updates, see www.pocruises.com

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