By Ron Howells • 19 June 2021 • 8:17
P&O Cruises Cuts Britannia Capacity Due To Freedom Day Delay. image: Wikipedia
P&O Cruises Cuts Britannia Capacity Due To Freedom Day Delay.
P&O Cruises is offering future cruise credit or refunds to passengers that reserved cabins on early summer sailings on Britannia in a bid to try and reduce the ship’s capacity, bringing it in line with government restrictions.
Due to the government’s delay to ‘Freedom Day’ until July 19, cruise lines must stick to the lowest of 50% capacity or 1,000 passengers – limits that were due to be relaxed from June 21 before Monday.
P&O Cruises confirmed it has already approached “a number of guests” booked on several sailings on Britannia before the same date.
The 3,647-passenger ship is due to resume operations on June 27 and sail six sailings before July 19. However, the line said not all sailings are affected by the government’s decision.
P&O Cruises confirmed that all affected passengers will be contacted directly by the line and offered either a 125% Future Cruise Credit or a 100% refund. A spokesperson said: “We are so sorry for these guests and do hope they will be able to enjoy a holiday with us later in the summer.”
The line declined to reveal exactly how many passengers were affected by the move.
P&O Cruises’ latest flagship, Iona, is due to sail its maiden voyage on August 7. The vessel carries 5,200 passengers but it remains to be seen whether the ship will sail at full capacity on the cruise which is due to visit Scottish islands including its namesake Iona.
The Scottish government has banned cruise calls over concerns about the spread of the Delta variant. Cruise bodies and travel agents in Scotland have called for clarity on the decision, which they dubbed ‘puzzling’.
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Ron actually started his working career as an Ophthalmic Technician- things changed when, during a band rehearsal, his amplifier blew up and he couldn’t get it fixed so he took a course at Birmingham University and ended up doing a degree course. He built up a chain of electronics stores and sold them as a franchise over 35 years ago. After five years touring the world Ron decided to move to Spain with his wife and son, a place they had visited over the years, and only bought the villa they live in because it has a guitar-shaped swimming pool!.
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