Excitement is in the air across the UK as cruise lines welcome guests back onboard to experience the joy of sailing once again.
With vaccination and testing requirements, as well as health and safety protocols in place onboard to ensure the safety of guests, Iglu Cruise rounds up seven top tips to help both experienced cruisers and those new to cruising plan the perfect UK staycation cruise this summer.
Check vaccination and COVID-19 testing requirements
As UK voyages return this summer, COVID-19 testing and vaccination policies are key to ensuring a safe onboard experience. Requirements vary between different cruise lines, so make sure to check in advance what your vaccination status needs to be and which type of COVID-19 test you need and when, to make your holiday as stress free as possible.
Iglu Cruise top tips – Invite your family and friends along
After so much time apart from friends and family, why not invite your friends and family to experience a UK cruise together? With so many activities to choose from and so much to see whilst onboard, there is something for everyone to enjoy, making cruising the ultimate option for larger groups. Whether you’re sailing as a family with the kids and grandparents, or you’re on a getaway with your friends, there’s no better way to enjoy some well-deserved quality time together post-lockdown.
Iglu Cruise top tips – Pack plenty of facemasks
Face masks are currently required on all UK cruises in certain areas onboard, such as when indoors unless you are eating or drinking, or outdoors where social distancing is not possible. Be sure to pack enough masks to get you through your cruise and you can even find a mask to complement your outfit on formal nights.
Iglu Cruise top tips – Book onboard activities and dining
With plenty of time spent at sea during a UK cruise, you’ll be able to make the most of the amazing onboard facilities so make sure you don’t miss out. From spas, live shows, bowling alleys, cinemas and tempting specialty restaurants, there are many ways to make your holiday even more memorable. UK voyages are operating at a reduced capacity so whilst there’ll be plenty of spaces available, you might still want to book.
Iglu Cruise top tips – Reserve your shore excursions in advance
As cruising returns to the UK, many cruise lines are keeping guests safe by only allowing them to disembark at ports of call on organised and approved shore excursions. This means that shore excursions may book up quickly, so make sure to reserve yours in advance to avoid disappointment.
Iglu Cruise top tips – Book your next cruise on the ship
Loving your time onboard so much that you don’t want to leave? Book your next cruise on the ship. This is a great way to save money on your future voyage by enjoying future discounts when purchased onboard. Also, it’s the perfect way to combat those end of holiday blues as you know that the next getaway is already waiting for you.
The most important tip to those who have booked or are thinking about booking a UK voyage is to have fun! While it may seem daunting to get back to sea after so many months away, guest safety is at the forefront of the return to cruising. With strict vaccination and testing requirements, stringent onboard health and safety protocols, and amazing ships packed from bow to stern with entertainment, activities and delicious dining, you’re bound to have the time of your life.
If you are yet to book a cruise for this summer but are keen to test out your sea legs once again, browse all of Iglu Cruises’ UK coastal cruises to find a voyage that will suit you. With a variety of UK regional departures including Liverpool, Portsmouth, Southampton and more, and a range of itinerary lengths from three to eight-night stays, Iglu Cruise offers a summer staycation cruise to suit every type of passenger. Below are three fantastic UK cruises offered by Iglu Cruise for this summer:
- 3 Nt “Culinary Stars” Seacation from Southampton with Michel Roux Jr. This Princess Cruises voyage onboard Sky Princess departs from Southampton on 10 September 2021, starting from just £269 per person. Culinary experts including Michel Roux Jr, John Torrode and Great British Bake Off star Lottie Bedlow will join this foodie-themed cruise to share their tricks of the trade. Price is based on a Balcony cabin and includes all meals and snacks onboard, specialty dining and 24 hour room service
- 6 Nt British Isles Family Summer Holiday from Southampton. This Royal Caribbean voyage onboard Anthem of the Seas departs from Southampton on 1 August 2021, starting from just £665 per person. Price is based on a Virtual Balcony Inside Cabin which features floor-to-ceiling HD display screens that give passengers real-time views of the sights and sounds outside and includes all meals and snacks onboard, 24 hour room service and features Ben Elton’s We Will Rock You theatre production straight from the West End
- 8 Nt All Inclusive British Isles from Southampton. This Celebrity Cruises voyage onboard Celebrity Silhouette departs from Southampton on 6 August 2021, starting from just £1,177 per person. Price is based on an Inside cabin and includes drinks, gratuities and Wifi
For more information on Iglu Cruise visit www.iglucruise.com or call 020 3553 3140.