P&O Cruises bans people without Covid vaccine from staycation trips

People who don’t show proof of being vaccinated will be turned away (Picture: AFP)

Holidaymakers who haven’t had their Covid-19 vaccine will be banned from P&O summer staycation cruises this summer.

The UK’s largest cruise line said only people who have had both doses of the vaccine at least a week in advance will be allowed onboard.

It warned that people who fail to provide proof of this will be turned away, adding it is a ‘strong expressed preference on the part of our guests’.

Covid rules will also mean passengers have to wear masks in certain areas of the ship and must have travel insurance.

P&O will also introduce enhanced cleaning regimes and social distancing onboard, while buffet food will be served to customers by staff.

Saga Cruises has previously announced it will require all guests to be vaccinated when it resumes operations in June.

P&O Cruises is running a series of short trips on Britannia, while its new ship Iona will conduct seven-night itineraries this summer.

Between June and September, the cruises will travel around the UK coast and will not stop at any ports, apart from one Brittania sailing which will visit Liverpool.

People have been told to avoid all cruises since July last year (Picture: Getty Images)
Passengers will have to wear masks in certain areas (Picture: Getty Images)

People have been told to avoid all cruises since July 9, 2020, due to the virus crisis.

But maritime minister Robert Courts told MPs last week that domestic cruises could be permitted from May 17.

P&O Cruises president Paul Ludlow said: ‘Given recent announcements, we have every hope that our guests will be able to enjoy a holiday this summer.

‘After the stresses and challenges of the past year everyone certainly deserves a treat and this series of cruises will provide memorable and much-needed UK getaways.

‘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.

‘Also, we really will look at the weather forecast each cruise and aim to take our ships where it is warm and sunny.’

The Government’s Global Travel Taskforce will provide a report to Prime Minister Boris Johnson on April 12 setting out recommendations for how and when foreign holidays could resume.

They could be permitted for people in England from May 17 under the Prime Minister’s road map for easing restrictions.

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