Coastal cruises: Luxurious summer staycation sailings on the horizon


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As we have spent the majority of the last year at home, to be able to have a restorative and relaxing break, sit on deck with a sea view in the summer sunshine and then enjoy an indulgent dinner and show – it’s certainly what we all need this year.


  • Cunard, Viking and P&O cruises to offer unique and luxurious summer UK staycation sailings. 

Cunard will offer a series of UK voyages on Queen Elizabeth, providing a unique and luxurious staycation  opportunity this summer for British guests. More details will be revealed later this month.

Sailings will be from Cunard’s home port of Southampton and will be in UK coastal waters, seeking out the very best of the summer sunshine. Cunard’s flexible booking terms will be applicable for these voyages, so guests will be able to book with confidence.

Queen Elizabeth to sail a series of summer UK voyages offering a luxurious staycation opportunity for British residents.

These new UK staycation voyages will replace a number of international sailings that unfortunately will be cancelled due to the current environment.

“With the UK Government confirming that domestic travel is close on the horizon, we are introducing a series of exciting, shorter duration holidays for British residents looking for the perfect staycation in Cunard luxury this summer,” said Simon Palethorpe, president, Cunard. “These will be sailings from Southampton, for UK residents, around the UK and will make the very most of the summer sunshine.”

“However, with international travel restrictions still in place, we unfortunately need to cancel a number of departures. We know how much everyone is desperately looking forward to longed-for holidays overseas, so to all affected by this news, I am sincerely sorry for the disappointment this will cause,” added Palethorpe.

Sailings on Queen Victoria are now cancelled for departures up to and including August 27, 2021.

Queen Elizabeth’s summer Mediterranean fly cruise season and all departures up to and including October 11,
2021 are cancelled. Queen Mary 2’s current program is affected by a number of factors and all departures up to and including November 12, 2021 are cancelled.

@Viking Venus new luxury cruise ship 2021

  • Viking Announces May 2021 Restart Of Limited Operations With Domestic UK Voyages. Three Special Ocean Sailings for UK Guests Will Explore England’s Scenic Shores

Viking Cruises announced that it will restart limited operations in May 2021 with three special sailings along the coast of England. Available exclusively for UK residents, the new eight-day ocean itinerary—England’s Scenic
Shores—will sail round trip from Portsmouth, with departures on May 22, May 29 and June 5, 2021. Guests on the
England’s Scenic Shores itinerary will be among the first to sail on board Viking’s newest ocean ship, Viking Venus
which will be delivered in April. Pre-registration for England’s Scenic Shores is currently open only to Viking’s loyal past guest.

English scenic shores; photo @viking cruises

  • P&O Cruises offers Ultimate Escape UK holidays this summer and announces details of Iona’s “very special” new maiden cruise to namesake island

P&O Cruises is offering a series of short breaks on flagship Britannia this summer and week-long cruises on new cruise ship Iona. These cruises will depart from Southampton between June and September, sailing around the UK coast,”where the sun shines brightest.”

“As the start of Iona’s very special maiden season, the new Ultimate Escape series of holidays includes a  memorable seven night maiden voyage sailing around the Scottish islands. Iona will anchor off Iona, the island after which she was named, with a celebratory extended stay until sunset for magical views of the historic shores.”

Setting sail from Southampton guests will be able to enjoy the ultimate British break on Britannia and Iona – gourmet dining and poolside bites; cocktails and coffees; shopping, spas, shows and endless sea views.

Given the advanced progress of the UK vaccination programme, and strong expressed preference on the part of
our guests for this limited series of UK coastal cruises, these sailings on Britannia and Iona will be for UK resident Covid-19 vaccinated guests only.

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