P&O Cruises to offer 'ultimate escape' with UK staycation cruises this summer
By Ruby Norris | 3 Mar 2021
P&O Cruises will offer a series of short break and week-long UK cruises as ‘the ultimate escape’ staycation this summer.
Following further cancellations to the summer cruise itinerary, P&O Cruises has a special treat on offer for it’s UK passengers. The cruise will soon launch its series of short breaks and week-long UK coastal cruises as part of an ultimate escape staycation cruise itinerary.
The sailings will leave from P&O’s home port in Southampton and sail around UK coastal waters enjoying the summer sunshine. Despite international travel still facing restrictions, these ultimate escapes will give customers the opportunity to enjoy a proper summer holiday at sea with the best in relaxation, entertainment and dining choice. The staycation cruises will go on sale later in March.
Speaking about the summer 2021 cancellations and the new initiative, P&O Cruises president Paul Ludlow says: “Following recent Government announcements and as the vaccine programme is rolled out across the globe we can all begin to feel a sense of reassurance and hope that this current lockdown period in the UK will come to an end. Life can, we hope, slowly return to some semblance of our previous normality as hospitality opens up and summer holidays can be booked with confidence.
“Whilst holidays here in the UK will be the first to become a reality we will, of course, gradually see the return of international travel but first we want guests to be able to enjoy a proper summer holiday at sea with the best in relaxation, entertainment and dining choice.”
More details of dates, prices and the experience on board will be announced later this month, but they will, of course, all have flexibility so guests can book with confidence.
Additionally, all guests whose 2021 cruises have been cancelled will automatically receive a Future Cruise Credit worth 125% of what they paid. This 125% Future Cruise Credit can be redeemed against any new booking made by the end of December 2021, on any cruise on sale at the time of booking. Alternatively, 100% refund is available through the form on www.pocruises.com.
“We hope that the UK “ultimate escape” staycation option will have wide appeal and we will do our utmost to make it a very special time. There really will be something for everyone and the opportunity to spend precious and much-longed for time with family and friends,” adds Mr Ludlow.
“We remain in very close contact with the UK Government and associated bodies as we monitor the latest situation and guidance on travel. From the moment we see travel restrictions lifting we will begin the significant logistical task to re-start our operations. It will take some time for the first ship to return to service, followed by the phased return of the remaining fleet. We cannot wait to welcome everyone back on board with the protection of effective protocols to safeguard the health and wellbeing of all crew and guests.
“I really am so sorry for the disappointment these cancellations will cause but hope that the new UK cruises will enable everyone to enjoy a wonderful holiday this summer.”