Current News around Corona & New Booking Conditions

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LAST UPDATED: 17.06.2022

Vaccination requirements
All guests 16 years of age and older must be fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to travel with an approved 
COVID-19 vaccine to be fully vaccinated*. If more than 270 days (counting from the last day of the cruise) have passed since a vaccination was fully completed, a booster vaccination is also required and must be administered at least seven days prior to travel.
Currently, a second booster vaccination is not required. 
However, we strongly recommend that all guests receive booster vaccinations at the earliest possible time, if available, to comply with evolving vaccination regulations in the countries we visit.
All guests ages 12-15 must be fully vaccinated* with an approved COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to travel. A booster vaccination is not required.
Guests ages five to 11 must be fully* vaccinated with an approved COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to travel (booster is not required) or provide two negative COVID-19 test results prior to travel (see testing requirements below). 
Guests under five years of age are exempt from pre-trip vaccinations and testing.

*The definition of "fully vaccinated" means that a (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), European Medicines Agency (EMA) or World Health Organization's Emergency Use Listing (WHO EUL)) approved two-dose COVID-19 vaccination or the approved Janssen one-dose COVID-19 vaccine (and booster, if applicable) has been completed.

Proof of vaccination status
You will be required to provide proof of your vaccination status, which will also be checked against your photo ID prior to boarding at the terminal/airport. This proof can be either digital or hard copy and must be an official certificate of vaccination status (with proof of vaccine doses). 

Testing Requirements
All guests five years of age and older must arrange and pay for a private antigen test 
which must be conducted within one day prior to embarkation.
This can be done at any time the day before or the day of embarkation.
 All guests must present their valid certificate of negative antigen test at the ship terminal.
In addition to the above antigen test, all unvaccinated guests between the ages of five and 11 will be required to take a free COVID-19 test upon arrival at the terminal, which will be administered by our service provider Prenetics.


Munich, 13.04.2022

Dear guests,

to continue to best protect the health and well-being of our guests, crew and the communities we visit, we have extended our vaccination policy to include all holidays on sale.

Vaccination requirements

All guests aged 12 years and over need to be fully vaccinated with a recognised COVID-19 vaccine a minimum of 14 days prior to travel. If more than 270 days (calculated from the last day of the cruise) have passed since the full completion of a vaccination course, a booster vaccine will also be needed and must be administered a minimum of seven days prior to travel.

Guests aged five to 11 years need to be fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to travel OR must provide two negative COVID 19 test results prior to sailing (see testing requirements below).

Guests under five years of age are exempt from pre-travel vaccination and testing.

The definition of ‘fully vaccinated’ is having completed a two-dose COVID-19 vaccination course or single-dose Janssen COVID-19 vaccine (plus a booster if applicable) approved by the MHRA, EMA or WHO. Regardless of the date, if guests have already had a booster vaccination then they are eligible to travel. 

We strongly recommend all guests to have booster vaccinations at the earliest opportunity, should they be available to them, in order to comply with evolving vaccine policies from the countries we visit.

Testing requirements

Azura Fly Mediterranean holidays
To embark the ship in Malta, all guests aged five years and over will need to organise and pay for a private antigen test, showing a negative result within 24 hours prior to embarkation (NHS tests will not be accepted).

Guests will need to present their negative antigen test certificate, often referred to as a ‘fit to fly’ certificate, at the ship's terminal in Malta and, for those flying into Malta on our TUI charter flight, at the UK airport check-in desk.

In addition to the above antigen test, all unvaccinated guests aged five to 11 years will also be required to have a negative PCR test, organised and paid for by the guest, taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in Malta; the negative PCR result must be presented at the airport. This is an entry requirement for Malta.

Please note, for those flying into Malta to join Azura, testing facilities may not be available at the airport so we highly recommend that tests are arranged prior to arriving at the airport.

All other holidays
All guests aged five years and over will need to organise and pay for a private antigen test, showing a negative result within 24 hours prior to embarkation 

Guests will need to present their valid negative antigen test certificate, at the ship's terminal.

In addition to the above antigen test, all unvaccinated guests aged five to 11 years will also be required to take a complimentary COVID-19 test once they arrive at the terminal, administered by our service provider, Prenetics.

All affected guests or their travel agents will be contacted by us individually with all information and details regarding cancellations and rebookings.
Please understand that there may be delays due to the current very high workload.

Thank you for your continued support!
Your P&O Cruises Team


Munich, 11.04.2022

Dear guests,
today we would like to inform you about the following news:
Please note that P&O cruises has cancelled Arcadia´s cruise  22th May 2022 

All affected guests or their travel agents will be contacted by us individually with all information and details regarding cancellations and rebookings.
Please understand that there may be delays due to the current very high workload.

Thank you for your continued support!
Your P&O Cruises Team


Munich, 31.03.2022

Dear guests,
Today we would like to inform you about the following news:

Due to the current situation, P&O Cruises has decided not to call at the port of St. Petersburg on its cruises in summer 2022 and will instead offer slight changes to the route in the Baltic Sea.

In addition, the Aurora's cruises on June 9 and June 22, 2022, must unfortunately be canceled. 

All affected guests or their travel agents will be contacted by us individually with all information and details regarding cancellations and rebookings.
Please understand that there may be delays due to the current very high workload.

Thank you for your continued support!
Your P&O Cruises Team


Munich, 28.01.2022

Dear guests,
today we would like to inform you about the following news:

Departures until 30.04.2022
Due to current guidelines and the complexity of international travel, both inbound and outbound, P&O Cruises has decided to only accept UK resident guests on all sailings until 30.04.2022. 

For this reason, regrettably, all bookings made by guests resident outside the UK and departing before 30/04/2022 will have to be cancelled.

Vaccination and Testing Policy
The current vaccination and testing policy published by P&O Cruises only applies to all departures up to and including 30.04.2022, therefore we refrain from communicating this. Vaccination is not currently required for any other voyages offered by P&O Cruises. (subject to change)

All affected guests or their travel agents will be contacted by us individually with all information and details regarding cancellations and rebookings.
Please understand that there may be delays due to the current very high workload.

Thank you for your continued support!
Your P&O Cruises Team


Munich, 25.01.2022

Dear Guests,

due to current guidelines and the complexity of international travel, both inbound and outbound, P&O Cruises has decided, 
to accept only guests residing in the United Kingdom on all sailings until 04/30/2022

For this reason, regrettably, all bookings made by guests residing outside of the UK and departing prior to 04/30/2022 must be cancelled.

All affected guests or their travel agents will be contacted by us individually with all information and details regarding cancellations and rebookings.
Please understand that there may be delays due to the current very high workload.

Thank you for your continued support!
Your P&O Cruises Team


Munich, 23.06.2021

Dear guests,

due to the gradual resumption of cruise operations, P&O Cruises has made the difficult decision to cancel the following cruises:

- Ventura: all cruises until 03.10.2021 
- Azura: all cruises through Dec. 10, 2021 
- Arcadia: all cruises until 03/27/2022 
- Aurora: all cruises until 13.04.2022

At the same time, P&O Cruises announced plans for the restart:

Iona:
Aug. 07-Sept. 25, 2021: departures from the U.K. for U.K.-resident guests only
From Sept. 25, 2021: Canaries & Metropolises from/to Southampton.

Britannia:
06/27 - 09/25/2021: departures from the U.K. exclusively for guests residing in the U.K.
From Sept. 25, 2021: Western Mediterranean from/to Southampton, transatlantic, Caribbean

Ventura: 
On pause until 10/03/2021
From 03.10.2021: Canary Islands, Western Europe & metropolitan areas from/to Southampton

Azura:
On hiatus until 10.12.2021
From 10.12.2021: Caribbean from/to Barbados

Aurora:
On pause until 04/13/2022
From 13.04.2021: Mediterranean, Western Europe, Baltic Sea, Norway and Iceland from/to Southampton 
Replacement cruises for early 2022 to be announced soon

Arcadia:
On pause until 03/27/2022
From 27.03.2021: Canaries, Mediterranean, Baltic Sea, Western Europe, Norway, Iceland and British Isles from/to Southampton

In addition, P&O Cruises has revised its vaccination and testing policies following continuous guest feedback. For all cruises departing Sept. 25-Dec. 31, 2021, all guests 18 years and older must have received their second Corona vaccination at least 14 days prior to departure. 
All guests 17 years and younger must either have received their second Corona vaccination at least 14 days prior to travel or require a negative PCR test within 72 hours prior to travel. 
All guests will also be retested for COVID-19 at the terminal. For both tests, the PCR test 72 hours prior to travel and the COVID-19 test at the terminal, will be provided free of charge. 
These vaccination and testing guidelines will be reviewed periodically as the global situation evolves.

All affected guests or their travel agents will be contacted individually with all information and details regarding cancellations and rebookings.
Please understand that there may be delays due to the current very high workload.

Thank you for your continued support!
Your P&O Cruises Team