P&O Cruises reveals plans for international sailings

P&O Cruises has announced plans for international cruises starting this autumn, after its series of UK coastal cruises this summer.

Britannia (pictured) will begin its planned western Mediterranean itineraries on September 25 and Iona will start Atlantic coast holidays from the same date.

Ventura’s first cruises will be a planned programme of Atlantic islands holidays from October 3.

Britannia will reposition to the Caribbean for a winter season as scheduled, followed by Azura which will begin Caribbean fly/cruises slightly later than published from December 10.

Paul Ludlow, P&O Cruises president, said: “We are very much looking forward to getting Britannia and Iona back to sea for the series of UK coastal cruises…then beginning our international re-start as we phase in each of the other ships.

“The current situation means that whilst unfortunately there will be a number of cancellations of itineraries on some ships, we are looking ahead and planning for the future with vigour.

“We are confident that destinations will soon open up their borders both for UK travellers and also for cruise ships.

“Spain and its islands and the Caribbean are both looking very positive and we are seeing, one by one, countries publicly looking forward to welcoming us back.”

MoreP&O Cruises cuts Britannia capacity to meet government measures

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. A replacement itinerary for Aurora will be announced shortly.

P&O, and sister line Princess Cruises, both announced changes to their vaccination policies – starting from late September – today.

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