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Vaccinated passengers only for P&O Cruises

Cruise line P&O has announced that only travellers that have received both Covid-19 jab, and waited a further week, will be allowed to board its ships when it restarts its fleet.

A statement sent to customers read: "Given the advanced progress of the UK vaccination programme and strong expressed preference on the part of our guests for this limited series of UK coastal cruises, these sailings on Britannia and Iona will be for UK resident, Covid-19 vaccinated guests only.

"For these cruises the definition of 'vaccinated' is a minimum of seven days following the second dose of the currently approved Covid-19 vaccines being administered."

Those who are medically unable to have the vaccination will be denied boarding, as will children who have not had jabs. Travel insurance will also be mandatory for all guests.

After ceasing departures in April 2020, P&O plans its first departure from Southampton on June 27. Named 'voyages to nowhere', its first cruises will not land at any ports but instead the captain will try to set a course for sunny weather.

President of P&O Cruises said: "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."

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