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P&O launches short cruises around the UK this summer & cancels many foreign trips until September

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P&O has launched a number of short UK cruise staycations this summer.

The UK’s largest cruise line has said the sailings will travel around the country’s coastal waters offering a short summer break for customers.

P&O are launching week-long UK cruises this year

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P&O are launching week-long UK cruises this yearCredit: ©Graham Hunt

The firm have said the cruises, departing from Southampton, will go on sale later in March, with details about prices and dates to be announced.

It isn’t clear if or where the cruise ships will stop at any other UK destinations after departing.

The short breaks are yet to be revealed, but range from short trips to week-long sailings.

P&O Cruises president Paul Ludlow, said: “While holidays here in the UK will be the first to become a reality we will, of course, gradually see the return of international travel but first we want guests to be able to enjoy a proper summer holiday at sea with the best in relaxation, entertainment and dining choice.

“These sailings will leave from our home port in Southampton and sail around UK coastal waters enjoying the summer sunshine.”

They have suspended a number of sailings including their new Iona ship

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They have suspended a number of sailings including their new Iona shipCredit: Michael Wessels Meyer Werft
It isn't clear if the UK sailings will stop at any destinations along the way

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It isn’t clear if the UK sailings will stop at any destinations along the wayCredit: Alamy Live News

He went on to say: “We hope that the UK ultimate escape staycation option will have wide appeal and we will do our utmost to make it a very special time.

“There really will be something for everyone and the opportunity to spend precious and much-longed for time with family and friends.”

The firm said a number of health and safety measures would be in place to “enable everyone to enjoy a wonderful holiday this summer”.

A number of cruises are being cancelled – cruises on Arcadia, Aurora, Azura and Ventura have been cancelled until the end of August and on Britannia and Iona until the end of September.

Mr Ludlow added: “I really am so sorry for the disappointment these cancellations will cause but hope that the new UK cruises will enable everyone to enjoy a wonderful holiday this summer.”

He said once travel restrictions are lifted the firm will begin the “significant logistical task” of restarting international operations.

Customers with affected bookings will also automatically receive credit for a future sailing worth 125% of the cost of their original trip.

They can also request a cash refund.

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