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Missing cruising? P&O Cruises offers the ultimate escape staycation for summer 2021.

This morning, P&O cruises released the exciting news that they will be offering a series of short break and week-long UK cruises as “the ultimate escape” staycation this summer. The cruises will go on sale later in March and cruises will have flexibility so that guests can book with confidence.

The offering comes on the back of the UK Government’s recent briefing which highlights the roadmap back for hospitality and travel and the emerging consensus that holidays in the UK will be the first to become a reality.

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

In a statement released by Britain’s favourite cruise line this morning, P&O Cruises president Paul Ludlow said: “Following recent Government announcements and as the vaccine programme is rolled out across the globe, we can all begin to feel a sense of reassurance and hope that this current lockdown period in the UK will come to an end. Life can, we hope, slowly return to some semblance of our previous normality as hospitality opens up and summer holidays can be booked with confidence.

All the sailings will leave from P&O’s home port in Southampton and are set to sail around the UK coastal waters to take advantage of the summer sunshine. P&O cruises is due to release further details later this month of dates and prices along with the experience guests can expect on board.

What is now certain is that Iona’s launch may have to be put back to at least September. 

P&O Cruises Azura in Southampton

The news release today comes as a ray of hope for UK cruisers who are keen to get back on board. Paul Ludlow, P&O cruises president said “We hope that the UK “ultimate escape” staycation option will have wide appeal and we will do our utmost to make it a very special time. There really will be something for everyone and the opportunity to spend precious and much-longed for time with family and friends.

“Whilst holidays here in the UK will be the first to become a reality we will, of course, gradually see the return of international travel but first we want guests to be able to enjoy a proper summer holiday at sea with the best in relaxation, entertainment and dining choice.

P&O Britannia in Cartagena
Britannia in warmer climes

International cruising is still uncertain

Whilst the news is encouraging for local cruises, in terms of international cruising, the cruise line remains in close contact with the UK Government and associated bodies as it monitors the latest situation and guidance on travel. It is inevitable that it will take some time and significant logistical planning for the first ship to return to service as the cruise line restarts its operations and plans the phased return of the remaining fleet.

However Paul Ludlow said “We cannot wait to welcome everyone back on board with the protection of effective protocols to safeguard the health and wellbeing of all crew and guests.

Langland Bay, Swansea
P&O Cruises fleeet will be sailing much closer to home this summer. Swansea Bay (c) Crown Copywright
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Cancellations: News is a double-edged sword

It is inevitable that this exciting news comes as a somewhat double-edged sword. Whilst the government’s roadmap to easing restrictions works towards a June 21 timeline, P&O cruises has made the difficult decision to cancel some of its established programme of holidays for this summer as a result. Cruises on Arcadia, Aurora, Azura and Ventura have been cancelled until the end of August and on Britannia and Iona until the end of September.

Paul Ludlow added “I really am so sorry for the disappointment these cancellations will cause but hope that the new UK cruises will enable everyone to enjoy a wonderful holiday this summer.”

All guests whose cruises have been cancelled will automatically receive a Future Cruise Credit worth 125% of what they paid. This 125% 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.

P&O Cruises IONA
Iona's Launch may now have to be put back to September 2021 (c) P&O cruises

Which P&O cruises have been Cancelled?

Arcadia

  • J105 20-May-21 Western Mediterranean 18 Nights
  • J106 07-Jun-21 Cruise Break 4 Nights
  • J107 11-Jun-21 Iceland 14 Nights
  • J108 25-Jun-21 Norway Fjord 12 Nights
  • J109 07-Jul-21 Cruise Break 4 Nights
  • J110 11-Jul-21 Norway Fjord 12 Nights
  • J111 23-Jul-21 British Isles 12 Nights
  • J112 04-Aug-21 Arctic Circle 23 Nights
  • J113 27-Aug-21 Central Mediterranean 19 Nights

Aurora

  • R105 24-Apr-21 Southern Cruise Break 7 Nights
  • R106 01-May-21 Central Mediterranean 19 Nights
  • R107 20-May-21 Baltic 16 Nights
  • R108 05-Jun-21 Norway Fjord 12 Nights
  • R109 17-Jun-21 Central Mediterranean 19 Nights
  • R110 06-Jul-21 Iceland 14 Nights
  • R11120-Jul-21 Baltic 16 Nights
  • R112 05-Aug-21 Norway Fjord 12 Nights
  • R113 17-Aug-21 Baltic 16 Nights

Azura

  • A109 29-Apr-21 Western Mediterranean (Med Fly) 14 Nights
  • A109A 29-Apr-21 Western Mediterranean (Med Fly) 7 Nights
  • A109B 06-May-21 Eastern Mediterranean (Med Fly) 7 Nights
  • A109C 06-May-21 Eastern Mediterranean (Med Fly) 14 Nights
  • A110 13-May-21 Central Mediterranean (Med Fly) 14 Nights
  • A110A 13-May-21 Central Mediterranean (Med Fly) 7 Nights
  • A110B 20-May-21 Eastern Mediterranean (Med Fly) 7 Nights
  • A110C 20-May-21 Eastern Mediterranean (Med Fly) 14 Nights
  • A111 27-May-21 Central Mediterranean (Med Fly) 14 Nights
  • A111A 27-May-21 Central Mediterranean (Med Fly) 7 Nights
  • A111B 03-Jun-21 Western Mediterranean (Med Fly) 7 Nights
  • A111C 03-Jun-21 Western Mediterranean (Med Fly) 14 Nights
  • A112 10-Jun-21 Eastern Mediterranean (Med Fly) 14 Nights
  • A112A 10-Jun-21 Eastern Mediterranean (Med Fly) 7 Nights
  • A112B 17-Jun-21 Central Mediterranean (Med Fly) 7 Nights
  • A112C 17-Jun-21 Central Mediterranean (Med Fly) 14 Nights
  • A113 24-Jun-21 Western Mediterranean (Med Fly) 14 Nights
  • A113A 24-Jun-21 Western Mediterranean (Med Fly) 7 Nights
  • A113B 01-Jul-21 Eastern Mediterranean (Med Fly) 7 Nights
  • A113C 01-Jul-21 Eastern Mediterranean (Med Fly) 14 Nights
  • A114 08-Jul-21 Central Mediterranean (Med Fly) 14 Nights
  • A114A 08-Jul-21 Central Mediterranean (Med Fly) 7 Nights
  • A114B 15-Jul-21 Western Mediterranean (Med Fly) 7 Nights
  • A114C 15-Jul-21 Western Mediterranean (Med Fly) 14 Nights
  • A115 22-Jul-21 Eastern Mediterranean (Med Fly) 14 Nights
  • A115A 22-Jul-21 Eastern Mediterranean (Med Fly) 7 Nights
  • A115B 29-Jul-21 Central Mediterranean (Med Fly) 7 Nights
  • A115C 29-Jul-21 Central Mediterranean (Med Fly) 14 Nights
  • A116 05-Aug-21 Western Mediterranean (Med Fly) 14 Nights
  • A116A 05-Aug-21 Western Mediterranean (Med Fly) 7 Nights
  • A116B 12-Aug-21 Eastern Mediterranean (Med Fly) 7 Nights
  • A116C 12-Aug-21 Eastern Mediterranean (Med Fly) 14 Nights
  • A117 19-Aug-21 Central Mediterranean (Med Fly) 14 Nights
  • A117A 19-Aug-21 Central Mediterranean (Med Fly) 7 Nights
  • A117B 26-Aug-21 Western Mediterranean (Med Fly) 7 Nights
  • A117C 26-Aug-21 Western Mediterranean (Med Fly) 14 Nights

Britannia

  • B111 25-Apr-21 Atlantic Coast 13 Nights
  • B112 08-May-21 Western Mediterranean 14 Nights
  • B113 22-May-21 Western Mediterranean 14 Nights
  • B114 05-Jun-21 Western Mediterranean 14 Nights
  • B115 19-Jun-21 Western Mediterranean 14 Nights
  • B116 03-Jul-21 Western Mediterranean 14 Nights
  • B117 17-Jul-21 Western Mediterranean 14 Nights
  • B118 31-Jul-21 Western Mediterranean 14 Nights
  • B119 14-Aug-21 Western Mediterranean 14 Nights
  • B120 28-Aug-21 Western Mediterranean 14 Nights
  • B121 11-Sep-21 Western Mediterranean 14 Nights

Iona

  • G111 24-Apr-21 Norway Fjord 7 nights
  • G112 01-May-21 Norway Fjord 7 nights
  • G113 08-May-21 Norway Fjord 7 nights
  • G114 15-May-21 Norway Fjord 7 nights
  • G115 22-May-21 Norway Fjord 7 nights
  • G116 29-May-21 Norway Fjord 7 nights
  • G117 05-Jun-21 Norway Fjord 7 nights
  • G118 12-Jun-21 Norway Fjord 7 nights
  • G119 19-Jun-21 Norway Fjord.7 nights
  • G120 26-Jun-21 Norway Fjord7 nights
  • G121 03-Jul-21 Norway Fjord 7 nights
  • G122 10-Jul-21 Norway Fjord 7 nights
  • G123 17-Jul-21 Norway Fjord 7 nights
  • G124 24-Jul-21 Norway Fjord 7 nights
  • G125 31-Jul-21 Norway Fjord 7 nights
  • G126 07-Aug-21 Norway Fjord 7 nights
  • G127 14-Aug-21 Norway Fjord 7 nights
  • G128 21-Aug-21 Norway Fjord 7 nights
  • G129 28-Aug-21 Norway Fjord 7 nights
  • G130 04-Sep-21 Norway Fjord 7 nights
  • G131 11-Sep-21 Norway Fjord 7 nights
  • G132 18-Sep-21 Norway Fjord 7 nights

Ventura

  • N108 30-Apr-21 Short Break (Round Trip) 2 Nights
  • N109 02-May-21 Western Mediterranean 14 Nights
  • N110 16-May-21 Baltic 14 Nights
  • N111 30-May-21 Western Mediterranean 14 Nights
  • N112 13-Jun-21 Baltic 14 Nights
  • N113 27-Jun-21 Western Mediterranean 14 Nights
  • N114 11-Jul-21 Baltic 14 Nights
  • N115 25-Jul-21 Western Mediterranean 14 Nights
  • N116 08-Aug-21 Baltic 14 Nights
  • N117 22-Aug-21 Western Mediterranean 14 Nights

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