Simon Calder appeared on ITV this morning to discuss the new Covid rules and restrictions in place on board cruise ships. Cruises around the UK restarted on May 20, but now international cruises can go ahead again from next week.
However, the travel expert noted that “everything’s been done to try and minimise” the chance of travellers catching Covid in the first place.
“Everybody has to be vaccinated, not on all, but on most ships.
“And there are Lateral Flow Tests before you board.”
Simon explained that the crew, meanwhile, have not all been jabbed but they have self-isolated.
He said: “Even though everyone’s been double jabbed and tested, it is still expected that you will wear a mask in all public areas of the ship when you’re walking around.
“You don’t need to when you’re having a meal, and there will be some parts where you are able not to use your mask, but the default assumption is that, yes, you will keep wearing that mask.
“You’ll find that it’s slightly emptier on board, which is good news, as we heard there’s a cap on the number of people.
“And you’ll also find that the whole dining and hospitality experience is rather different because of all the Covid rules.”
Simon added that all cruise-goers will have to get insurance as companies are “really really keen that you’re properly insured”.
Britons will be able to board an international cruise from England from Monday, August 2.