Our Brexit Promise

We know that many of you will be wondering how Brexit outcomes will affect your European holiday plans. To keep you up to date with ABTA’s latest advice and the latest government guidelines we’re here to answer your key questions.

Helping you sail through Brexit

No matter what the future brings, you can rest assured that your holiday with us will always be plain sailing.

Pay in pounds sterling when booking...

and on board – avoid potential currency fluctuations and explore Europe without the euros. You can also pay in advance for a range of exciting experiences ashore.

Sail from Southampton

P&O Cruises has hundreds of holidays sailing from the UK and it’s the perfect way to get your holiday off to a relaxing start. Now that we have left the EU, we can confirm that cruise holidays will continue to operate largely in the same way as they did before.

Great value

Enjoy complete peace of mind that your holiday can be booked ahead at a great price with a choice of price types and deposit levels.

Financial protection

The financial protection of both ATOL and ABTA.

More holiday for your money

So much is included as standard, from meals and entertainment to flights and taxes.

180 years of P&O history

All of this combined with over 180 years of P&O history and expertise means P&O Cruises is well positioned to manage any possible impact on your holiday plans.

P&O Cruises Brexit Q&A

Why is P&O Cruises a good holiday choice?

With over 180 years of history and travel expertise, we're confident we have everything in place to manage any impact on your holiday plans.

Our deposit means you can secure your holiday at a great price. By booking ahead, you may also avoid future currency fluctuations.

You've further peace of mind knowing all meals and entertainment on your ship, as well as your flights and taxes, are included in one clear price. Plus, all of our holidays offer the financial protection of ATOL and ABTA.

Will my passport be valid or will I need visas?

Because hundreds of our holidays depart from Southampton, heading off to Europe is stress-free and relaxing from the get-go.

Your passport must be less than ten years old and be valid with at least six months left until it expires, so be sure to check it well before your holiday

As part of the Brexit deal, UK nationals are exempt from needing short-stay visas to visit Europe where the intended duration of the stay is 90 days or less (cumulative) within any 180-day period. Provided this requirement is observed, you won’t need a visa to visit Europe on a P&O Cruises holiday.

For more details about renewing your passport: www.gov.uk/renew-adult-passport/renew

What about going on shore?

Euros are only needed for payments on shore.

You can even see Europe without the need for Euros; shore experiences are booked in Sterling, either before you sail or while you're on board. When you book a shore experience in Sterling, you’ll know exactly what you are paying in advance and avoid any currency fluctuations.

What about travel and health insurance?

Under Britain’s new agreement with the EU, UK residents will continue to have access to state medical care in EU countries. Current European Health Insurance Cards (EHIC) are valid until their expiry date and do not need to be replaced. Upon expiry, you can apply for the new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) which continues to offer the same access to emergency and medically necessary healthcare when travelling in the EU. The EHIC and GHIC does not cover the costs of repatriation and other expenses such as loss of luggage or travel delays.

You must take out comprehensive holiday insurance when you sail with us. Whilst we hope you never have to claim, the policy will ensure you’re able to relax and enjoy your holiday knowing you’re protected should you need it.

P&O Cruises has partnered with Holiday Extras to offer appropriate, comprehensive travel insurance cover for our holidays.

Find out more about Holiday Extras

Will data roaming rules still apply in Europe?

Rules which kept the cost of calls, messages and internet usage the same in the EU as it was in the UK, no longer apply to UK mobile operators.

As such, the availability and pricing of mobile roaming in the EU is a decision for UK operators. You should contact your mobile company to find out about their roaming fees.

For more details on mobile roaming: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/using-your-mobile-in-eu-and-eea-countries

Will fly-cruise flights be affected?

Flights between the UK and EU will continue under a reciprocal agreement.

When travellers are faced with avoidable cancellations or delays to their journey, they can get redress thanks to the EU’s passenger rights legislation. This is unaffected by Brexit.

ABTA protection

P&O Cruises is a long-standing member of ABTA. They have reassured us that if you’ve booked to travel with a UK travel company, you will be protected under their policies and regulations.

For the latest ABTA guidance on Brexit: https://www.abta.com/tips-and-advice/brexit-advice-for-travellers

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