P&O Cruises ship Britannia, launched in 2015

P&O Cruises says guests will need to have had both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine in order to travel this summer, including those heading onboard the cruise line’s UK ‘staycation’ voyages. 

Following the launch of the cruise line’s ‘ultimate escape’ UK coastline itinerary, P&O Cruises has confirmed travellers will need proof of two Covid-19 vaccinations before boarding one of their cruise ships this summer.

Speaking about the latest announcement and expectations of a trackable system to prove vaccinations, Paul Ludlow, president of P&O Cruises, said: “This is moving at pace. We anticipate by the 27 June, which is our first sailing, there will be a government-accredited scheme to prove your vaccination, but at the very least, then of course, a letter from your GP would suffice.”

He added: “At the moment we’re stipulating that all guests of all ages must be vaccinated to come on board with us.”

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P&O’s Iona

It’s reported that guests will also have to have travel insurance that ‘must include medical and repatriation cover’ and stipulates cover of medical expenses related to Covid-19.

There will be strict protocols to follow onboard too, with guests and crew expect to stick to stringent social distancing measures and advised to wear masks when appropriate. As it stands, if anyone test positive on board, they will be isolated and quarantined.

This comes as cruise lines planning to operate in the U.S. this summer have introduced similar guidelines regarding proof of vaccinations. Saga Cruises and Virgin Voyages have made similar moves recently.

P&O recently announced details of the UK coastline cruises set to run this summer in the UK. The Britannia will cruise from Southampton along the south coast of England for three to four days, and the Iona will travel up to Scotland from Southampton for seven-day trips.