Holidaymakers planning a so-called “staycation” with P&O Cruises, will have to prove that they’ve had two doses of a covid vaccine or their booking will be declined.
A spokesman for the company, which is the largest cruise line in the UK, said that this is a “strong expressed preference on the part of our guests.”
P&O said that passengers will be required to wear masks in certain areas of ships and that travel insurance is mandatory. Social distancing will be in operation and guests will be served at their tables.
SAGA Cruises has also said that its passengers will be asked for proof of vaccination before boarding. SAGA will resume cruises from June.
P&O Cruises, which is part of the Carnival group, will run trips on two ships this summer. The Britannia will cruise from Southampton along the south coast of England for three or four days, and The Iona will travel up to Scotland from Southampton for seven-day trips.
Any passenger falling ill on a cruise will be tested for coronavirus. Anyone testing positive will be isolated and quarantined.
Well doesn’t that just sound like a whole lot of fun? You get to the port and before boarding you must show them proof that you have been vaccinated. You must wear masks in certain areas of the ship.
You cannot sit at the bar and instead must remain at your table at all times. You must only sit with the person(s) you came on board with. No mingling. If you sneeze you’ll be given a coronavirus test. Fail it and you’re isolated. Presumably you’ll be confined to your room.