Over the last several weeks there has been so much news about NoFlyCruises that we struggled to keep up. Our hope had been to share every detail with you, but one pair of hands just wasn’t enough. We decided not to be too hard on ourselves, after all, it was all positive cruise news and so long as someone was putting it out there, we knew we would catch up. And that brings us to this very post.
We couldn’t go back and fill you in on every last little detail, but we can give you the low down on what’s happening and who’s going where this summer with regards to domestic cruising.
So, let’s get down to important business, we’ve been trapped on land for more than 12-months, it’s time to get those sea legs working again!
Domestic Cruising Resumption Timeline
Huritgruten – Sailing from August 15th and departing from Dover aboard MS Maud
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines – Sailing from July 5th, departing from Liverpool and Dover aboard Borealis, Bolette and Balmoral
Celebrity Cruises – Sailing from July 3rd and departing from Southampton aboard Celebrity Silhouette
Cunard – Sailing from July 19th, departing from Southampton aboard Queen Elizabeth
Disney Cruise Line – Sailing from July 15th, departing from Tilbury, Newcastle, Southampton and Liverpool
MSC Cruises – Sailing from May 20th, departing from Southampton, Liverpool and Greenock aboard MSC Virtuosa
P&O Cruises – Sailing from June 27th and departing from Southampton aboard Britannia and Iona
Marella Cruises – Sailing from June 25th, departing from Southampton and Newcastle aboard Marella Explorer and Marella Explorer 2
Princess Cruises – Sailing from July 31st and departing from Southampton aboard Regal Princess and Sky Princess
Royal Caribbean International – Sailing from July 7th and departing from Southampton aboard Anthem of the Seas
Riviera – Sailing from July 5th, departing Edinburgh and Greenock aboard MS Seaventure
Saga Cruises – Sailing from June 27th and departing from Tilbury aboard Spirit of Discovery and Spirit of Adventure
Silversea – Sailing from September 3rd and departing from Southampton aboard Silver Spirit
Virgin Voyages – Sailing from August 6th and departing from Portsmouth aboard Scarlet Lady
Tradewind Voyages – Sailing from June 22nd, departing from Leith, Greenock, Harwich, Portsmouth and Liverpool aboard Golden Horizon
Viking Ocean Cruises – Sailing from May 22nd, departing from Portsmouth aboard Viking Venus
Noble Caledonia – Sailing from June 3rd, departing from Plymouth, Portsmouth, Oban, Aberdeen and Inverness aboard Island Sky and Hebridean Sky.
All of the above will sail – to begin with at least – around the British Isles before further travel restrictions are eased, more ships are introduced back into service and we can once again explore lands further afield. Some will offer guests ports of call during their cruise, but it’s likely going ashore will only be allowed as part of an organised excursion – this will be something that, again, will vary per line and as per the government’s guidelines. Other sailings will be simply scenic and let’s face it, after so long away from the sea, most of us will be overjoyed to once again enjoy spending time on a ship.
To add a little more excitement into the mix, several ships will in fact be on their maiden voyages when they resume service and these are: MSC Virtuosa, Iona, Spirit of Adventure and Viking Venus. Bolette and Borealis will be on their first-ever sailings as part of the Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines fleet.
Covid-19 Vaccinations Policies
As it stands right now, only MSC Cruises (and some sailing with Tradewind Voyages) is allowing non-vaccinated guests to embark on a sailing, all other cruise lines will require guests to have had both Covid-19 vaccinations before embarking, although some are allowing under-18s to travel without vaccinations so long as they provide negative PCR tests 72-hours before embarkation. These include Celebrity Cruises, Disney, Royal Caribbean and Marella Cruises. All lines will require guests to have Covid-19 tests pre-cruise and likely during. Of course, you should always check and double check the exacts with the individual cruise line, just to be sure nothing has or is going to change.
So, that’s an update in a nutshell. Hopefully it gives you more clarity on what’s going to be happening in the coming months and when the lines will resume service. Of course, all final facts and figures should be checked with your respective cruise line as things can change at short notice.
We know many of you already have cruises booked and we’ll end by wishing you BON VOYAGE!
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