The UK Government has announced that domestic cruises will be able to restart on 17th May.
They will be restricted to voyages between English ports.
Paul Ludlow, P&O Cruises President said on Facebook; “We are delighted that the Government has acknowledged that UK domestic cruise holidays can begin from 17th May.
“Whilst it will take some weeks after this date for us to restart our operations, we are very much looking forward to welcoming guests on board this summer for our series of ultimate escape staycations – UK coastal cruises. Details of these, with ships, dates and itineraries, will be announced later this month,” he said.
Princess Cruises has also said that it will announce a UK cruise schedule at the end of this month.
In addition, Cunard is due to announce a series of short cruises from Southampton.
“With the UK Government confirming that domestic travel is close on the horizon, we are introducing a series of exciting, shorter duration holidays for Brits looking for the perfect staycation in Cunard luxury this summer.
“These will be sailings from Southampton, for UK residents, around the UK and will make the very most of the summer sunshine. We’ll be announcing further details imminently,” explained Cunard President, Simon Palethorpe.
Anthony Daniels. Hurtigruten UK General Manager, said; “We welcome the news from the (UK) Department of Transport that domestic cruises are able to operate from 17th May. It’s another positive step forward for the cruise industry and for our travel agent partners.
”As many will be aware, we have a series of exciting expedition cruises in British waters in summer 2021, with great opportunities to join one of our small ships, ‘Maud’, in Dover. The size of our ships, and our style of cruising, allows us to flex and adapt our programme and itinerary.
”As we digest this announcement, further details will emerge on a wide ranges of operational topics to ensure a safe re-start of the cruising industry. Further information will follow in due course,” he added.