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FCO advises against cruise ship travel

Government advice ‘against’ cruise ship travel but not clear whether it includes river cruises

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has released a statement advising Britons against cruise ship travel.

“The Foreign & Commonwealth Office advises against cruise ship travel at this time. This is due to the ongoing pandemic and is based on medical advice from Public Health England.

“The government will continue to review its cruise ship travel advice based on the latest medical advice. If you have future cruise travel plans, you should speak to your travel operator, or the travel company you booked with, for further advice.

“The Foreign & Commonwealth Office continues to support the Department for Transport’s work with industry for the resumption of international cruise travel.”

It is not clear whether the FCO advice also includes river cruises, which are available to Brits following on from the lifting of government quarantine measures from July 10.

The new advice goes further than the FCO’s previous recommendation that over 70s and those with underlying chronic health conditions do not cruise.

In a statement, Clia UK & Ireland said: “We have noted the advisory issued today.  The health and safety of guests and crew is an absolute priority for our member lines. Since the voluntary suspension of operations, we have been working collaboratively with the Government on the road map to resumption involving a ‘door to door’ strategy – from the time of booking through to the passengers’ return home – with enhanced health protocols.  We look forward to completing this planning exercise with Government and for the advice to be updated.”


Sam Ballard is a director and co-founder of Waterfront Publishing, creator of ABTA Magazine, Cruise Adviser, Solus and more.