Princess Cruises has become the latest line to announce round-Britain voyages this summer, with some itineraries calling at Liverpool, Belfast and Greenock (Glasgow).
Regal Princess will run 14 cruises for UK residents from July 31 until September 23, while Sky Princess will offer eight departures between August 30 and September 28.
All-inclusive fares for a balcony stateroom start at £539pp for a three-night scenic cruise and £599pp for four nights, which might include a port. The seven-night holiday with up to three ports will start at £999pp.
These prices include the £30pp-a-day Princess Plus fare with a premium drinks package, unlimited wifi and gratuities, but customers can choose a cheaper option without it.
Like sister line P&O Cruises, Princess will require all guests to be fully vaccinated with both injections at least seven days before sailing – meaning children will not be able to travel on these UK voyages.
Measures such as social distancing and the wearing of masks in certain areas of the ship will still be applied. Crew will be subject to a strict testing and quarantine regime as well as regular testing on board. Travel insurance will be mandatory for all guests and will be checked on boarding.
Passengers will be allowed ashore in ports but only on excursions organised by Princess Cruises.
Sister ships Regal and Sky Princess are both equipped with Ocean Medallion technology, allowing touchless embarkation and entry to cabins, as well as the ability to order food and drink to be delivered anywhere on the ship. What’s claimed to be the best wifi at sea means passengers can stream favourite films, shows, games and music on board.
All dining venues will be open and entertainment will include theatre shows and musical performances. Fitness classes, pools and spa treatments will also be available.
Tony Roberts, Princess Cruises’ vice president for UK and Europe, said: ‘We share in our guests’ excitement today as we unveil the details for our new Summer Seacations. With Princess Cruises, the ship is also the destination.
‘We believe that these cruises will appeal to both our loyal guests who are eager to get back on board our beautiful Medallion-class ships and holidaymakers looking to experience Princess for the first time.
‘We are delighted that our new cruises will offer the choice between scenic voyages and port-of-call itineraries where guests can visit the historic cities of Liverpool, Belfast and Glasgow.’
The round-Britain voyages follow similar announcements by P&O Cruises, MSC Cruises, Fred Olsen and Viking.
The Princess Cruises ‘Summer Seacations’ go on sale on Wednesday, March 24, at 8am. Guests can book with a £50 deposit if they act before May 3.
All other Princess Cruises holidays currently on sale do not require guests to be vaccinated.