The cruise industry has received another setback after the UK Foreign Office updated its advisory against cruise ship travel for all British nationals.
UK Cruises Setback After Updated Foreign Office Advice
The cruise industry in the UK has a smack in the face after the UK Foreign Office has updated its advisory on cruise ship travel. It was previously advised that those aged over 70 not to cruise but now that’s been expanded to everyone.
It’s now advised that all British nationals avoid cruise travel due to the ongoing pandemic and on medical advice from Public Health England. You can read the full advisory below which was last updated on July 9, 2020:
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office advises against cruise ship travel at this time. This is due to the ongoing pandemic and is based on medical advice from Public Health England.
The government 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.
The UK government also included that it will continue to review its cruise travel advice and let’s hope it’s updated again soon which favors the cruise industry. We already know that all the major cruise cruise lines are implementing new health protocols so that operations can commence safely with guests and crew remaining protected.
By working with the relevant health authorities including Public Health England there is some hope that cruises will resume before the end of the year. P&O Cruises which is the largest UK-based cruise line and owned by Carnival has said “We acknowledge the FCO’s guidance and P&O Cruises had already extended the pause in operations for all sailings up to October 15, 2020.”
The cruise line has also stated that cruises will not resume until a framework is in place to keep passengers and crew safe. It’s also the same outlook by other cruise lines including Cunard Line.
Cruise Hive will keep readers updated on any new developments and when cruises in the UK are set to commence. Travel restrictions in other European countries and port closures may also have an impact on the developing situation that’s causing cruise lines to extended their pause on operations.
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