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Entertainment Cruise holidays latest from Cunard, Disney, Tui, P&O, Saga and other major liners

21:20  29 april  2021
21:20  29 april  2021 Source:   walesonline.co.uk

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Many cruise lines are set to welcome passengers aboard in the coming weeks with sailings around UK waters set to kickstart voyages.

Cruise holidays have mostly been suspended for more than a year, but it's full steam ahead for many lines planning to resume.

Adult travel specialist Saga has hailed “significant pent-up demand” from vaccinated customers to travel again and said it is ready to restart its international tour operations and cruise business later this year when it is given the green light by Government.

Key workers are being offered free cruises in recognition of their efforts during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Workers who want to apply for the voyages must register on the cruise line’s website to enter a ballot.

The firm’s Anthem of the Seas ship will begin sailing from Southampton from July 7.

A number of other cruise lines are offering summer staycation sailings for UK residents, including P&O Cruises, Cunard, MSC Cruises, Celebrity Cruises and Saga Cruises.

Here are some of the latest cruise travel round-ups from major UK operators.

Celebrity Cruises

Departing from : Southampton.

When: From July 3.

Celebrity will be operating its just-renovated Silhouette on a series of six to eight-night itineraries. Ports of call include Liverpool, Portland in Dorset, Belfast, Inverness, Greenock (Glasgow) and Kirkwall in the Orkney Islands.

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Vaccination: Yes, for adults.

Children: Yes; under-18s need a negative PCR test.

Further information: Seven-night cruise visiting Inverness, Kirkwall

and Greenock starts at £1,299, departing August 21. celebritycruises.com

Cunard

Departing from: Southampton.

When: From July 19.

The famous operator is running a series of three to 12-night scenic coastal voyages from Southampton between July and October, taking in the Jurassic Coast, Land’s End, the Isle of Arran, Mull of Kintyre and Sound of Mull. Four will also be stopping at ports – including Liverpool, Greenock, Invergordon, Belfast, Newcastle and Holyhead. – and there will be three ‘unscripted’ Sun Voyages, which won’t call at any ports but will instead sail to wherever is sunniest at the time.

Vaccination: Yes

Children: Yes.

More information: Four-night British Isles Voyage costs from £499; a seven-night trip starts at £699. cunard.com

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Disney Cruise Line

Departing from: Liverpool (July), Southampton (August), Newcastle and Tilbury (September).

Two, three and four-night scenic staycation voyages between July and October, giving guests a chance to experience legendary shows, dining and activities. Trips will be onboard Disney Magic, and passengers will remain on the ship throughout the cruise.

Vaccination: TBC.

Children: Yes.

More details: Bookings are due to open on April 30.

disneycruise.co.uk

Tui Marella Cruises

Departing from: Southampton and Newcastle.

When: From June 25.

Marella Explorer will sail from Southampton covering Scotland, the Irish Sea and the south and west coasts. They’ll take in Belfast, Dover, Portland, Dublin, Invergordon, Lerwick, Leith, Liverpool and beyond, with optional excursions at each. The adult-only Marella Explorer 2 will sail from Newcastle.

Vaccination: Yes, for adults. Marella Cruises is a family friendly all-inclusive cruise line and to ensure the safety of both customers and crew will have in place vaccination and testing requirements to sail from the UK this summer. Anyone aged 18-years and older will be required to have had both Covid-19 jabs at least seven days before travelling. All guests must also provide proof of a negative lateral flow test before boarding the ships at the start of the cruise.

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Children: Yes, on Marella Explorer; under-18s need to provide proof of a negative lateral flow test.

More information: Three-night Sail the South Coast cruise starts at £418, departing June 25. tui.co.uk

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines

Departing from: Dover and Liverpool.

When: From July 5.

Offering 11 domestic cruises in July and August, on new ships Borealis and Bolette as well as Balmoral. Trips range from a four-night no-port cruise around Scotland, passing the Isle of Skye, the Inner Hebrides and the Sound of Mull, to a five-night Touring Scenic British Isles trip docking in Belfast and Falmouth. Other itineraries include the Shetlands, Channel Islands and Isles of Scilly.

Vaccination: TBC.

Children: Yes.

More details: A three-night maiden voyage around Scotland on Borealis starts at £599, departing July 5 from Liverpool. fredolsencruises.com

MSC Cruises

Departing from: Southampton, Liverpool and Greenock.

When: From May 20.

New vessel MSC Virtuosa will make its maiden voyage around the British Isles with features including a robotic bartender and reportedly the biggest shopping area at sea. Three and four-night mini-cruises from Southampton will call at Portland, while five, seven and nine-night sailings will visit Belfast, Liverpool and Greenock.

Vaccination: No.

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Children: Yes.

Further details: Four-night round-trip from Southampton via Portland in May starts at £499. msccruises.co.uk

P&O Cruises

Departing from: Southampton.

When: From June 27.

Cruises on Arcadia, Aurora, Azura and Ventura have all been cancelled until the end of August 2021 and on Britannia and Iona until late September 2021.

The line will be running domestic coastal cruises from June to September, with new ship Iona on a maiden voyage around the Scottish islands. Britannia will operate three and four-night breaks exploring the south coast, with a six-night trip including a stop in Liverpool.

Vaccination: All passengers.

Children: Yes.

More details: Iona’s seven-night maiden voyage starts from £1,049, departing August 7. pocruises.com

Princess Cruises

Departing from: Southampton.

When: From July 31.

Domestic sailings will be on the line’s Medallion Class ships, Regal Princess and the newer Sky Princess. There’ll be 24 voyages in total, ranging from three to seven nights, calling at Portland, Liverpool, Belfast and Greenock. Planned shore excursions include a visit to Titanic Belfast, a Beatles-themed excursion around Liverpool and a boat cruise and vintage train ride in the Lake District.

Vaccination: Yes.

Children: Yes.

More details: A three-night, no-port Summer Seacation cruise starts at £489pp. princess.com

Royal Caribbean Group

Departing from: Southampton.

When: From July 7.

Anthem of the Seas complete with four pools, a skydiving simulator and climbing wall, will operate on a UK season of five to eight-night domestic cruises. Ports of call will include Liverpool, Belfast, Kirkwall, Greenock and Inverness, with shore excursions available at extra cost.

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Vaccination: Yes

Children: es, with a negative PCR test result.

More details: Five-night British Isles cruise, sailing July 15, starts at £749. royalcaribbean.com

Saga Cruises

Departing from: Tilbury.

When: From June 27.

The new Spirit of Adventure will make its first sailing on July 26, calling at Newcastle, the Isle of Man, Edinburgh, Kirkwall, Belfast and Bristol. Spirit of Discovery will also sail domestic itineraries in July and August, including a 14-night Great British Isles Adventure taking in Falmouth, Holyhead, Greenock, Ullapool and beyond, alongside three other sold-out itineraries.

Vaccination: Yes.

Children: No.

Book it: The Great British Isles Adventure starts at £3,899, departing July 11 and including a private chauffeur transfer within 250 miles of departure port. travel.saga.co.uk

Tradewind Voyages

Departing from: Portsmouth, Liverpool, Harwich, Leith and Greenock.

When: From June 22.

New cruise line will begin on the 272-guest Golden Horizon – a five-mast sailing vessel with three pools, two restaurants and a spa. Voyages will run from June to September, with itineraries ranging from the southwest of England to the west coast of Scotland. Ports of call include Falmouth, Dartmouth, Cowes, Poole, Fowey, Aberdeen, Ullapool, the Isle of Skye and Kirkwall.

Vaccination: TBC.

Children: TBC.

More information: F our-night Maritime Cities cruise from Greenock to Liverpool starts at £849. tradewindvoyages.com

Virgin Voyages

Departing from: Portsmouth.

When: From August 6.

Six domestic Summer Soirée sailings in August, giving guests a chance to sample Scarlet Lady’s long-awaited restaurants, bars and shows. The two, three and four-night itineraries will sail along the southern coast from Portsmouth without docking, with exact routes yet to be confirmed.

Vaccination: Yes.

Children: No.

More information: Three-night Long Weekender starts at £998 for a Sea Terrace cabin. virginvoyages.com

Hurtigruten Ocean Cruises

Departing from: Dover

When: from August 15

Norwegian operator Hurtigruten is running two British Isles cruises, using its small expedition ships to dock at destinations bigger vessels are unable to access. Either 13 and 15-day itineraries, visiting Fowey, the Isles of Scilly, Fishguard, Waterford, the Isle of Man, Rathlin Island and St Kilda.

Vaccination: TBC.

Children: Yes.

Information on booing: A 13-day cruise costs from £3,315, in August 15 and September. hurtigruten.co.uk

Riviera Travel

Departing from: Leith (Edinburgh) or Greenock.

When: From July 5.

New expedition ship Seaventure will debut on an eight-day Highlands & Islands itinerary. Four voyages on the 158-passenger vessel will take in Aberdeen, Inverness, Orkney, Oban, the Outer Hebrides and Belfast, with excursions to Loch Ness, Balmoral Castle, Titanic Belfast and the Unesco-listed Ring of Brodgar in the Orkneys.

Vaccination: No, but guests who have not received both doses must present a negative test, which the company is offering for free.

Children: Aged 12 and above.

Book it: Eight-day cruise from Leith, departing July 19, starts at £1,999. rivieratravel.co.uk

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