List of Cruises Setting Sail this Summer (and if you need a vaccine to board)

List of Cruises Setting Sail this Summer (and if you need a vaccine to board)

This week MSC, Royal Caribbean International, Disney, Saga and Celebrity have revealed UK sailings from as early as May 20th…

Celebrity Cruises…

Setting Sail – from July 3rd 2021

Is the Covid-19 Vaccine Required? – Yes, for all adults and negative PCR test for under-18s.

The newly refurbished Celebrity Silhouette will set sail from Southampton this summer for a series of six- to eight-night trips round the UK coastline.

Ports of call will include Portland on the Jurassic Coast also as Inverness and Glasgow, and Kirkwall on the Orkney Islands plus Belfast and Liverpool.

The ship had a multi-million-pound refit last year with the state rooms modernised, and the spa, casino, restaurants, bars and lounges, reimagined.

And the ship’s signature Lawn Club, featuring real grass, are often admired from the Lawn Club Grill. And Silhouette has the unique Le Petit Chef featuring 3D animation on the table.

The pricing of cruises is to be announced but will include wi-fi, drinks and service charges.

More information –celebritycruises.com/ukcruises

MSC Cruises

Setting Sail – from May 20th 2021

Is the Covid-19 Vaccine Required? – No, but a negative Covid-19 test required for all passengers.

MSC Cruises is bringing its new flagship Virtuosa to sail its inaugural season in British waters.

For the primary month, from May 20, the ship, which may host 6,000 guests, will sail with just 1,000 before increasing to around 80 per cent capacity from June 21st.

The cruise line will start with three or four-night sailings from Southampton with a stop at the Isle of Portland in Dorset before launching seven-night cruises.

The ship features 10 restaurants, 21 bars, five pools and an massive water park.

Four-night sailings start at £499pp and seven-nights from £849pp and include a premium drinks package and tips.

More information – msccruises.co.uk or call 0203 426 3010.

Royal Caribbean

Setting Sail – from July 7th 2021

Is the Covid-19 Vaccine Required? – All 18s will need the vaccine and with a negative Covid-19 test is required for under 18s.

Anthem of the Seas, one among the cruise giant’s newest ships, will sail from Southampton on three and four-night Ocean ­Getaways in July with five to eight-night British Isles cruises from July 15.

Sailings will operate at a reduced capacity.

The British Isles cruises will out in Liverpool, Belfast and Kirkwall but the ship itself has quite enough activities to stay even the most ardent adrenaline fan happy.

On board there’s everything from a skydiving simulator to SeaPlex, the largest indoor activity space stumped , complete with bumper cars, skating and more.

You can absorb the views within the north star glass viewing capsule 300ft above water level .

There are 16 restaurants offering everything from steak and seafood to Japanese ­specialities.

Britons can board the Jewel of the Seas for sailings from Cyprus from July 10 as well as sailings from Bermuda and also the Bahamas from June.

The cruise line also will offer 999 cabins free to NHS, ­emergency services and armed forces personnel.

Pricing for the sailings are going to be released on April 7.

More information – royalcaribbean.com

SAGA Cruises

Setting Sail – from June 27th 2021

Is the Covid-19 Vaccine Required? – Proof of both jabs having been completed at least two weeks before sailing.

SAGA’S latest ship, the Spirit of Adventure, finally sails its inaugural cruise as one of 4 all-inclusive itineraries round the UK this summer.

The boutique ship – for just 999 passengers – was due to be launched last autumn, joining its sister new-build ship, the Spirit of Discovery.

Now both ships will sail within the UK and to the Norwegian fjords this summer with five cruises available.

The inaugural cruise of the Spirit of Adventure will feature a 15-night sailing from Tilbury on July 26, including sight-seeing tours of Newcastle, Edinburgh, Belfast and Bristol.

All cabins feature a balcony.

Prices from £3,458pp.

More information – saga.co.uk/cruise, 0800 50 50 30.

Disney Cruise Line

Setting Sail – TBH

Is the Covid-19 Vaccine Required? – No but testing is required.

Disney has yet to announce full details of its UK cruises – due to go on sale in April – but in the week gave a glimpse of its UK sailing programme onboard the Disney Magic.

Two, three and four-night cruises will depart from Tilbury, Newcastle, Liverpool and Southampton this summer with a reduced number of passengers onboard.

Disney Magic launched in 1998 but has been refurbished constantly since and offers an aesthetic , Art Deco-inspired look.

Families will love the onboard activities with meet-and-greets with Frozen stars, ­Marvel heroes, Toy Story buddies and even a royal promenade with Disney Princesses.

But the grown-ups haven’t been forgotten, with an adults-only pool and intimate dining at Palo restaurant also as Fathoms and Keys nightclubs.

More information – disneycruise.disney.go.com.