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Last updated at 16.00 BST, Wednesday 11th August 2021

The outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to affect international travel, and we have put together this page to keep you updated on the latest advice.

Firstly, we would like to assure all of our clients that we continue to closely monitor the situation, and the evolving policies issued by the UK government and by our cruise line and airline partners. If your booking is affected we will ensure that we communicate all relevant information to you as quickly as possible, and you may also receive notifications directly from the cruise line you are travelling with.

Our team are now back in the office, with a robust business contingency plan in place should we ever need to revert to working from home in future. You can reach us on our main number, 020 7399 7670, or by calling our cruise consultants on their direct lines, and you can email us at

Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office travel advice

As of 28th July 2021 the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office no longer advises against international cruising. You can view the current FCDO advice on domestic cruises here and international cruises here.

For those returning to England from the UK government's green list destinations there is no requirement to isolate, and there is also no longer a requirement to isolate when returning from amber list destinations for fully vaccinated travellers or children under 18 years. The current government advice is that you should not travel to red list countries. Full details of green, amber and red list countries and the rules for entering England can be seen here. Please be aware that different rules may apply for arrivals into Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The situation continues to evolve, and travel advice is subject to change without notice - please visit the FCDO website for the latest guidance.

Vaccinations and testing

Countries around the world have introduced new entry requirements related to coronavirus, and many cruise lines have introduced similar policies. These may include the requirement to produce a vaccine certificate, proof of a negative coronavirus test completed within a specific time prior to arrival, and the completion of passenger locator forms and/or a pre-departure health questionnaire. Please ensure you are aware of all requirements necessary to join your cruise.

Cruise line itinerary cancellations and changes

Most cruise lines paused operations at the beginning of the pandemic, but an increasing number are now resuming with amended itineraries and enhanced health protocols. Those that have returned are operating in areas where government guidance has been outlined and permission has been granted.

During this suspension of operations, we have seen a large number of cruise lines relax their cancellation policies, allowing travellers to defer decisions on whether to proceed with their holiday.

If your cruise is cancelled due to the pause in operations, or if there are changes to your itinerary, we will liaise with the cruise lines to make sure that you are clear on the options available to you.

Airline schedule cancellations and changes

Airlines have begun to operate more services, reintroducing routes when travel restrictions are lifted. We are closely monitoring this, and should there be any changes affecting your upcoming travel, we will inform you of the options available to you.

Cruise line coronavirus policies

You can view the specific advice provided by each of our cruise line partners using the following links:

Finally, we would like to reassure you that we are here to help, and remind you that:

  • Mundy Cruising is a member of ATOL and ABTA, so your booking is protected
  • Our guests are our priority and we will work to ensure the best outcome in any situation
  • All of our guests have access to our Mayday from Mundy service, a dedicated 24-hour emergency number to call in the unlikely event that anything goes wrong during your holiday

If you have any questions then please don't hesitate to contact us on 020 7399 7670

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I cancel my booking?

If you are travelling imminently, our advice to you will be guided by the cruise lines and the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, and we will be in touch with you directly to discuss your options. There is no reason to cancel or amend trips that are months or years in the future, and we advise you to sit tight and monitor developments. The situation continues to evolve, and no-one can accurately predict which areas, if any, will still be affected in many months' time. Many of our cruise line partners have amended their cancellation policies to encourage guests to keep their bookings in place with little or no penalty, and we urge you to take advantage of this.

What are the cruise lines doing to protect their guests?

The health, safety and security of guests and crew is the utmost priority for our cruise line partners, and they are working with public health professionals across the world to ensure that cruising is as safe as possible. Cruise ships have built on their well-established practices to prevent the spreading of illness, introducing extensive new safety protocols. For the latest information on what the cruise lines are doing, visit the Cruise Lines International Association website and read our in-depth article on cruising after coronavirus.

How can the spread of coronavirus be prevented?

Although slowing the spread of the virus is a huge challenge, measures are now in place across the world. Vaccination is a key part of the UK's response, along with frequent hand washing, ventilation and the use of face coverings in places where it's difficult to keep a safe distance from other people. For the latest medical advice, visit the NHS website.

Will my travel insurance cover me?

Each travel insurance policy is different, so you'll need to consult the terms and conditions of your own policy to check exactly what is covered. Most policies will cover cancellation if the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office advise against all travel to your holiday destination, provided that you purchased the insurance before that country was declared off-limits. If you are travelling to a destination that the FCDO considers safe for travel, your insurance is unlikely to cover any losses if you cancel. However, many cruise lines and airlines are currently relaxing their policies and allowing guests to amend upcoming trips with reduced or waived penalties.

Meet the author

Alex is Director of Sales & Marketing at Mundy Cruising

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