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COVID-19 Travel | Cruises – What To Look Forward To In 2021

AllClear Team
Last updated 25 March 2021

COVID-19 Travel Regulations for those that Enjoy Cruises

If you’re planning a holiday in 2021, there is still hope when it comes to cruises. Although the industry has faced many challenges in 2020 following the outbreak of COVID-19 – there have been exciting developments to look forward to. 

This guide details some of the upcoming developments within the cruise industry. It will also help answer any COVID-19 travel-related questions you may have.

It’s important to keep up-to-date with the latest travel advice from The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO). Travel regulations continue to change to adapt to the constantly evolving COVID-19 pandemic. So, here are some useful guides to help you travel with confidence:

Cruises – What To Look Forward, Will There be Cruises in 2021?

COVID-19 has had an enormous impact on the cruise industry. While we haven’t all been able to enjoy a cruise in 2020 – 2021 is looking promising. Although no one can predict how next year will plan out – it seems many of us are dreaming of setting sail on a luxury voyage. 

It has been reported by CruiseCompete.com, that cruise tickets have seen a 40 per cent increase in bookings for 2021 compared with 2019, according to the Los Angeles Times.

So, what developments have fueled everyone’s excitement? Read on to find out!


P&O Cruises Will Launch its Largest  Cruise Liner

Many cruise liners have been docked – however, P&O have been busy developing their largest ever! Their cruise liner, lona, weighs 185,000 tonnes, is 1131ft long and has 17 passenger decks. And, before social distancing measures – it had the capacity for 5,200-holidaymakers

It’s due to set sail on its maiden season in Northern Europe, Portugal and the Canary Islands in 2021. Given its sheer size and luxury, there is no doubt that it will be well received with plenty of guests excited to jump on board. 

For more P&O Ioana highlights, click here.

Changes in Royal Caribbean International Itineraries

It’s not all doom and gloom when it comes to cruises, several exciting changes to itineraries and homeports have been announced by Royal Caribbean International.

Royal Caribbean International has announced several upcoming changes in itineraries and homeports to its summer 2021 cruises. This includes new four- and five-night Mediterranean getaways from Barcelona

Another exciting update coming next summer includes more U.S. cruise ports including: Tampa, Fla, San Juan, and Puerto Rico. With a new homeport in Miami, 6-8 night cruises will be on offer to the southern and western Caribbean. 

New COVID-19 Cruise Measures 

In Europe, some cruise lines have travelled on a limited basis throughout the summer. While U.S cruises have had a no sail order in place – it is set to end this month of October 31st meaning that cruises can start up once more.  Both  U.S and European cruises – will have new measures to help guests stay safe when they set sail.

Some of these new health & safety measures include:

  • 100% COVID-19 prior to testing for passengers and crew before embarkation.
  • Physical and social distancing measures in place 
  • Mandatory for all passengers and crew to wear masks on board and during shore excursions 
  • Routine Disinfection of touchpoints 
  • Increased ventilation and air management 
  • Dedicated isolation and medical cabins and private shore side quarantine facilities in place 

Cruise Specific Travel Insurance?

Travel insurance is always important, especially following the outbreak of COVID-19. When it comes to cruises – it is recommended that you take out Cruise Specific Travel Insurance. Cruise Specific Travel Insurance can offer you cover for all the things that are found on a standard travel insurance policy, but with EXTRA benefits that are tailored for specific problems that may arise on a cruise holiday.

AllClear offers cruise specific travel insurance for those with pre-existing medical conditions – to find out more, click here.  

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