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Over 20 Cruise Britain member ports welcoming domestic cruises this summer

Credit: Andrew Sassoli Walker, MSC Cruises, ABP Southampton CRUISE_msc_virtuosa.2.jpeg
MSC Cruises' MSC Virtuosa embarks on its maiden voyage on May 20
More than 20 Cruise Britain member ports are ready for the arrival of cruise ships this summer, with 12 lines scheduled to sail domestic cruises carrying UK residents. The first – MSC Cruises' MSC Virtuosa – sets sail today.

‘Well over 20 Cruise Britain member ports are expecting calls and are supported by many service provider members, with a dozen cruise lines currently offering domestic cruises, said James Stangroom, chair, Cruise Britain. 'Our members have worked tirelessly to support the safe resumption of cruise… Finally, the time is right for England and we couldn’t be more pleased to see ships begin to sail again. 

‘As the domestic season gets underway, we look forward to UK passengers also being able to travel to Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales in the coming months.’

Cruise lines have adopted a multi-layered approach with the support of the UK Government, which includes 100% testing prior to embarkation, health screening, social distancing and contingency procedures.

Collaboration between the government, Cruise Britain, health authorities, the Maritime Coastguard Agency and ports has been underway during the last twelve months.

Shore excursions also have the green light.

International cruises  

The UK’s Global Travel Taskforce continues to consider the restart of international cruises alongside wider international travel. 

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