The Foreign Office (FCDO) has lifted its advice against international cruising with effect from 2 August 2021. The news puts international cruise holidays back on the horizon this summer.
Transport secretary Grant Shapps announced the end of the longstanding ban on international ocean cruise from England on Wednesday, ending advice against cruise ship travel that had been in place since July 2020, allowing cruising from the UK to restart next month.
The news follows the successful resumption of domestic cruises around the UK in May. In an interview with the BBC, Richard Ballantyne, chief executive at the British Ports Association (BPA), said UK domestic cruises had demonstrated how ports and cruise lines “could ensure the health and safety of passengers, crew and destinations”.
Cruise lines are expected to announce international cruises from the UK soon.