Cruise companies are playing catch-up to new restrictions (Picture: P&O)
Under current Covid restrictions, it’s illegal to travel to other parts of the UK or abroad for a holiday.
Over the next months, all signals would suggest that holidays will be back on, but there will still be restrictions in place (whether that’s vaccine passports or a need for Fit to Fly certificates).
But, without a guaranteed road map to basking in the sun in another country, it’s probably best for now to only plan travel domestically.
That doesn’t mean a standard ‘staycation’ at home, though. Travel companies are coming up with new ways to enjoy a holiday in this country that’s closer to what you’d expect from your summer – such as cruises around the UK.
Cruise giants from P&O to Cunard offer British Isles cruises, so you can see the country’s beautiful coastlines with all the perks of a luxury ship.
We’ve rounded up the best UK cruises for 2021, with sailings starting soon.
P&O’s newest ship, Iona, will set sail this spring, heading on a series of week-long sailings around Britain.
Starting from Southampton, guests will have a day at sea before heading to the Scottish Islands, where they’ll see Mull, Jura, Arran, and the ship’s namesake.
The UK’s largest cruise company said: ‘We hope that the UK ultimate escape staycation option will have wide appeal and we will do our utmost to make it a very special time.
‘There really will be something for everyone and the opportunity to spend precious and much-longed for time with family and friends.’
Travel firm TUI will be debuting their cruise line Marella Cruises later this year, starting off with trips around the UK.
Not much is yet known about the specifics, but a spokesperson from the company wrote on Facebook: ‘We’re really pleased to announce we’ll be offering domestic cruises sailing from the UK this year. We can’t wait to welcome you back onboard. More details will be revealed soon.’
There’s a wealth of cruising options close to home with Fred.Olsen Cruise Lines in 2021.
Three ships – Borealis, Bolette, and Balmoral – will be setting sail to destinations across the country (and you can even go on Borealis or Bolette’s maiden voyages).
Whether it’s the Channel Islands, Belfast, Orkney, or Cornwall, there are locations galore, with wildlife and scenery spots at the focus.
Enjoy a three-to-14-day jaunt as part of Princess Cruise’s new sailing schedule for 2021, aboard their ships Regal Princess and Sky Princess.
Locations from Guernsey to Greenock are slated, with all inclusive options and excursions like Stonehenge also available.
The shorter sailings go on sale tomorrow (March 24), while the ones already offered by the company are available to book now.
Cunard are currently only allowing customers to book their UK ‘scenic cruises’ from 2022 onwards, although it’s expected the company may announce earlier dates at some point this month.
At the moment, we don’t have any details of itineraries, but previous ones suggests stops could include Lyme Bay and the Isles of Scilly.
Do you have a story you’d like to share?
Get in touch at [email protected].