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P&O Cruises has announced its expected deployment and phased re-start plan for the remainder of 2021 and into early 2022.

P&O Cruises has announced its expected deployment and phased re-start plan for the remainder of 2021 and into early 2022.

Following her UK Staycation sailings , Britannia will begin her planned western Mediterranean itineraries on 25 September 2021 and Iona will start her Spain and Portugal holidays from the same date. Two new replacement itineraries for Aurora, with winter sun appeal, will go on sale at 8.30am on Tuesday 29 June plus a new World Cruise for 2024 will be announced later this year.

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

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 10 December, 2021.

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

As we know the UK Government has developed a traffic light system for holidays abroad this summer. 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“.

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.

All guests who have had their cruise cancelled will automatically receive a Future Cruise Credit worth 125% of the standard deposit terms, and 100% of any additional monies paid.

This Future Cruise Credit can be redeemed against any new booking made by the end of December 2021, on any cruise on sale at the time of booking. Cruises currently on sale run through to April 2023.


Iona – UK coastal cruises from 7 August to 25 September then sailing Atlantic coast beginning with G133 on 25 September, 2021

Britannia – UK coastal cruises from 27 June to 25 September then sailing Western Mediterranean beginning with B122 on 25 September, 2021

Ventura – Currently paused up to 4 September – two new cruises cancelled (N118 and N119) – then sailing Atlantic islands cruises from N120 3 October, 2021

Azura – Currently paused up to 1 September – cancelled A118A to A124A inclusive – then sailing Caribbean fly/cruises from A125 / A125A 10 December, 2021

Aurora – Currently paused up to1  September – 9 new cruises cancelled – then sailing R202 Central Med on 13 April, 2022 (although replacement itinerary for early 2022 will be announced shortly)

Arcadia – Currently paused up to 14 September – 10 new cruises cancelled – then sailing J204 27 March, 2022


In addition, following ongoing guest feedback P&O Cruises has reviewed its vaccination policy.

For all cruises departing from 25 September to 31 December, 2021, all guests 18 years old and over will be required to have completed their vaccination course a minimum of 14 days prior to sailing. All guests 17 years old and below will need to have completed their vaccination course a minimum 14 days prior to sailing or will require a negative PCR test within 72 hours prior to travel.

All guests will also require a negative COVID-19 test at the terminal. The PCR and COVID-19 test at the terminal will be provided on a complimentary basis. This vaccination and testing policy will be reviewed on a regular basis as the global situation continues to evolve


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