May 16, 2021

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Cruise holidays abroad set to restart under new traffic light system


Cruise holidays abroad are set to be back on the cards for Brits, as the government has said it will allow them to restart under the new traffic light system.

The government’s Global Travel Taskforce has shared a report on its framework for allowing non-essential travel, and has said that it plans to “restart international cruises alongside the wider restart of international travel, in line with the ‘traffic light’ system”, although it hasn’t confirmed a date for a restart.

The traffic light system will see destinations placed on green, amber and red lists which will determine requirements for quarantine, testing and what travel is allowed. It’s not yet been confirmed which destinations will be on each list.

MSC Cruises ship at sunset on the ocean
MSC Cruises ship

Domestic cruises are already set to restart in England no earlier than May 17 which has seen a number of cruise lines offering UK sailings for summer, including the likes of Disney, P&O Cruises and Royal Caribbean.

A number of these have said that Brits will need to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 in order to be allowed to board, with sailings currently open to UK residents only.

The government has said that the return of cruises abroad will be “subject to continued satisfactory evidence from domestic restart”, as well as “successful cruise operations elsewhere in the world”.

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The pandemic brought the cruise industry to a grinding halt when it first broke, as international restrictions have meant cruise ships were unable to sail, such as the ‘no sail’ order currently in place in the USA.

Meanwhile, the Foreign Office has continued to advise Brits against cruise ship travel during the pandemic.

Since then cruise lines have been forced to suspend global operations and cancel a number of sailings. In fact, the GTT recognises in its report that “cruise has remained entirely unable to restart”.

However, there’s clearly still an appetite for cruises – one sailing costing £54,000 sold out in less than a day.

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