With international travel still a sticking point, the cruise industry may be running a little differently this summer. Even so, you can still get your fix of the high seas with these British Isles cruises and staycation voyages for summer 2021.
With summer just around the corner, it’s time to grab your sun hats and cruise passes. A recent announcement from maritime minister Robert Courts disclosed that, starting from May 17th, UK cruise lines would officially be allowed to resume sailing around the British Isles. As a result, there’s hope that after a challenging year for travel, tourism and hospitality industries, these staycation cruises will be a welcome boost to domestic tourism.
But it’s not just the UK set to offer staycation cruises. The UK cruise industry is said to be joined by the likes of Australia and the USA in offering local voyages. According to Andy Harmer, director of Cruise Lines International Association UK and Ireland, the reopening of domestic cruises will allow for “the safe restart of international cruise in time for the summer season”.
Shortly after this statement was made, a number of familiar cruise lines operating in the UK confirmed they would indeed be sailing this summer. Among them were MSC Cruises, Viking Cruises, Cunard, Disney Cruise Line and Princess Cruise Line.
Whether you are a cruise gold member or a newcomer hoping to set sail on your first cruise, these cruise lines are offering you the chance to take a well-deserved break while exploring the beautiful coastlines of the British Isles.
P&O Cruises will be launching their UK’s ultimate escape ‘cruises to nowhere’ – for vaccinated passengers only. Beginning in late June, voyages on their flagship Britannia will start in the port of Southampton, trailing their way along the UK shoreline. As a result, all guests will be given the chance to observe the rich and rugged Jurassic Coast. What’s more, they can enjoy gourmet dining, poolside bites, shopping, spas, shows and more. Additionally, their new maiden ship, Iona, will transport you north with a journey touring the Scottish islands, anchoring off at the very island from which it draws its name.
Britannia: Offers a 3-night break and one 6 night break holiday running from 27th June to 19th September. Prices start at £449pp.
Iona: Offers 7-day itineraries running from 7th Aug to 18th Sept. Prices start at £1,199pp.
Come May, Cunard’s luxurious Queen Elizabeth will proceed with two UK coastal cruise itineraries to choose from; a shorter 4-night option and a 12-night cruise. The latter will showcase the true breadth of the British Isles, starting from their home port of Southampton. En route guests will pass through Newcastle, Edinburgh, Isle of May, Inverness, Isle of Skye, Isle of Mull, Glasgow, Belfast, Liverpool and St Peter Port. Vaccinations will be required for passengers to travel.
Cunard’s 12-night British Isles cruises will start from 24th May. Shorter itineraries will being in August. Prices start at £499pp.
Read More: Cunard to offer new UK cruises this summer
Viking Cruises have confirmed three sailing dates in May, where they will be navigating the glittering shorelines of the south west of England. With their new 8-day ‘England’s Scenic Shores’ itinerary they will be celebrating Britain’s finest views. Consequently, passengers will be some of the first to sail on their latest addition to their fleet, the newly christened Viking Venus. Furthermore, all guests will also experience the cruise line’s superior health and safety programme. This is specifically inclusive of PCR tests, air purification technology, health checks, sanitisation and customary physical distancing measures.
Selected dates from 22nd May to 5th June. Prices from £1,990pp.
Join Princess Cruises for its exciting, ‘2021 Summer Seacations from Southampton’: a three or four day round trip starting and ending in Southampton, with a mid way stop in Portland. Explore the dramatic coastline of England from the comfort of the ship’s deck. Spy historic sites and national landmarks whilst enjoying the lavish amenities on board. Not to mention, you can also look forward to their recently unveiled star-studded celebrity line-up as part of its onboard entertainment.
Selected dates from 13th July to 21st August. Prices start at £449pp for a 3-night voyage.
Disney Cruise Line
A firm family favourite: Disney Cruise Line has also jumped on board with their own lively and colourful version of the UK staycation. For this journey, passengers are able to choose between 2,3 or 4 nights. Boats will be departing from Liverpool, Southampton, Newcastle and London. Book now for a chance to experience that beloved Disney magic and prepare yourself for an itinerary filled with classic onboard entertainment, immersive dining experiences and convivial recreational activities for the whole family.
Liverpool: Select dates from 15th July to 30th July
Southampton: Select dates from 4th August to 30th August
Newcastle: Select dates from 3rd September to 11th September
London Tilbury: Select dates from 14th September to 1st October
Prices to be confirmed.
Also do take note, due to stringent safety measures, ongoing restrictions and changes in travel guidelines these dates are subject to change and early booking is encourages as nearly all ships will be operating at lower capacities. Moreover, a number of these British Isles cruises will only be available to UK residents, so it is advised to confirm these details before booking.