Cruise getaways are back on! No10 gives green light for voyages to restart from August (if Covid hasn’t put you off them!)
- Sources said passengers would be able to take cruises that start or end abroad
- Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said they could restart from August 2
- Industry leaders heralded today’s announcement as ‘very good news’ for cruises
Cruise getaways are back on the cards, ministers revealed today in a boost for foreign holiday hopes.
No10 has given the green light to plans for Britons to again board voyages heading to or from ports outside the UK from next month.
It is recommended that all passengers are double-vaccinated, and most operators will not allow people on to ships unless they have got both doses.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said international cruises would be allowed to re-start from August 2.
The cruise industry has been linked to a string of Covid outbreaks since the pandemic began, with one on the Diamond Princess leading to the ship being quarantined off the coast of Japan for weeks.
Cruise ships have been allowed to run around-Britain tours so far this year, but these have also sparked Covid cases.
A ‘small number’ of crew members on the a ship moored off the Dorset coast tested positive for the virus at the start of this month, a fortnight before the ship was due to take passengers around the country.