P&O Cruises announces plans about expected return

Published on : Tuesday, June 22, 2021

P&O Cruises has announced its expected return and phased restart plan for the remainder of 2021 and into early 2022. Britannia will begin the planned western Mediterranean itineraries on September 25 and Iona will start her Atlantic coast holidays from the same date. These cruises will follow the series of UK coastal cruises beginning in June this year.

Ventura’s first cruises will be the planned programme of Atlantic islands holidays from October 3. Following the Mediterranean season, running until October, Britannia will reposition to the Caribbean for her winter season as scheduled, followed by Azura which will begin Caribbean fly/cruises slightly later than published from December 10.

The length and complexity of Arcadia and Aurora’s planned long-haul cruises from January next year has forced their cancellation and these two ships will not begin sailing until next year. However, a replacement itinerary for Aurora, with winter sun appeal, will be announced shortly.

Paul Ludlow, President, P&O Cruises said in a statement that the company is very much looking forward to getting Britannia and Iona back to sea for the series of UK coastal cruise, staycations at their best, which are certainly proving very popular and then beginning the international re-start as we phase in each of the other ships.

He mentioned that as the UK government has developed a traffic light system for holidays abroad this summer, there will be a number of cancellations of itineraries on some ships as the line is looking ahead and planning for the future with vigour.

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