The UK’s largest cruise line is set to resume sailing this summer. And as usual these days, the cruise line has clarified its onboard health rules, outlining how life on board will play out once guests board the ships.
P&O Cruises UK is also launching a new app that customers can use to make life on board a little easier, although customers shouldn’t have to worry as the cruise line has also released a new video with Olie Smith. which explains in detail how the new procedures will work.
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My vacation app
New app cruise line launches similar to advancements in technology Princess Cruises launches. Passengers can download the application before or during their stay on board, and its use is free; even if the app connects to the internet, customers will not be charged for this use.
The app will allow customers to pre-book meal times at specific restaurants. As a UK cruise line, even the queue has been thought through. The app allows you to join a virtual queue for restaurants or other onboard events, where you can arrive exactly when it’s your turn.
The My Holiday application will also eventually make it possible to book entertainment and shows on board. For passengers who do not plan to bring their own device on board and wish to disconnect, the cruise line will also have a MyHoliday office on board where passengers can do the same things as on the app.
P&O Cruises President Paul Ludlow said:
“The My Holiday app is the tool that allows customers to plan their activities from anywhere on the ship. Valuable and long-awaited time on board can therefore be spent making the most of the P&O Cruises vacation experience.
New procedures to be introduced during stays in the United Kingdom
New procedures have been introduced on board to protect passengers from COVID-19. Prior to the return to service of the Britannia, the vessel obtained external validation of its health and wellness protocols from Bureau Veritas (BV), a world leader in testing, inspection and certification. The inspection of Iona will be undertaken soon.
Bureau Veritas, marine and offshore president, Matthieu de Tugny said:
“Our passenger ship experts have helped P&O Cruises verify health and welfare standards to enable return to service in accordance with UK Chamber of Shipping guidelines and Bureau Veritas guidelines. The ship was exceptionally well prepared and we pay full tribute to the entire crew and management of the ship. It will be good to see Britannia in business again.
For those who want to know what measures have been introduced and how everything will work on board, the cruise line has made an introductory film starring Olie Smith, British TV presenter, wine expert, columnist and author.
Guests will be required inside the terminal before and after boarding and at all times inside the ship, except for eating or drinking, swimming, exercising or in the spa. Outdoor masks are only required when social distancing is not possible.
Stays in the UK are only available to customers who have been fully vaccinated, meaning seven days after receiving the second dose of the currently approved COVID-19 vaccines or fourteen days after the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine at recently approved single dose.
The first Staycation in the UK on board Britannia will sail on June 27, while the all-new Excel-class cruise ship Iona will set sail for the first time on August 7.