Summer cruise customers must be vaccinated against Covid, says P&O

P&O Cruises has become the latest cruise operator to announce that travellers will only be allowed on board if they have been vaccinated against coronavirus.

Its newly announced summer sailings will only be open to UK residents who have had both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine at least a week before departure. Proof of vaccination and the dates given will be required prior to boarding.

Guests must also have travel insurance with medical and repatriation cover that includes cover for emergency evacuations and medical expenses related to Covid-19.

Saga Cruises and Virgin Voyages in the United States have announced similar policies.

P&O will run cruises on two ships around the British Isles this summer. The Britannia will cruise from Southampton along the south coast of England for three or four days, while the Iona will travel to Scotland from Southampton for a seven-day trip. Guests will have to stay on board, with no shore excursions allowed.