British Government bans citizens from cruise travel

With cruise lines hoping to restart soon, the UK’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office has advised UK citizens against cruise ship travel at this time, after previously urging over 70’s to avoid them.

Todays update is due to the ongoing pandemic and is based on medical advice from Public Health England.

The government said it will continue to review its cruise ship travel advice based on the latest medical advice.

If you have future cruise travel plans, you should speak to your travel operator, or the travel company you booked with, for further advice.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office continues to support the Department for Transport’s work with industry for the resumption of international cruise travel.

A Princess Cruises spokesperson said: “We are aware of the updated guidance issued by the FCO today and can confirm that Princess Cruises had already extended its pause in operations until mid-September as well as select sailings through October. 

“We are working closely with public health officials and medical experts including the Department for Transport; EU Healthy Gateways and CLIA, in an effort to do everything possible to further enhance our health protocols and onboard measures.  We look forward to welcoming our guests back onboard.”

Norwegian and MSC Cruises have so far declined to comment.

For more details, visit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/cruise-ship-travel

Update: 13 July 2020

CLIA Statement: “The health and safety of guests and crew is an absolute priority for our member lines. Since the voluntary suspension of operations, we have been working collaboratively with the Government on the road map to resumption involving a ‘door to door’ strategy – from the time of booking through to the passengers’ return home – with enhanced health protocols.  We look forward to completing this planning exercise with Government and for the advice to be updated.”

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