MSC Virtuosa Begins First UK Staycation Cruise – Other Cruise News: Ambassador Cruises Replaces CMV At Tilbury – The Cruise People Backs UK Staycation Cruises

by Kevin Griffin

On Thursday, May 20, MSC Cruises departs Southampton on the UK’s first so-called “staycation” cruise, restricting her calls to UK ports only, meanwhile new UK operator Ambassador Cruise Line has announced that it will acquire the 1,400-berth Ambience, and The Cruise People will be using in its office, London shopfront, blog and customer email campaigns.

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MSC Cruises new flagship MSC Virtuosa, departed Sothampton

MSC Virtuosa in Portland Port on the 22nd of May 2021 (Portland Port)

MSC Virtuosa in Portland Port on the 22nd of May 2021 (Portland Port)

On Thursday, May 20, MSC Cruises departs Southampton on the UK’s first so-called “staycation” cruise, restricting her calls to UK ports only. On her first cruise she will call at Portland, Dorset, port of call for the Jurassic Coast.

Between May 20 and August 11, Virtuosa will be making 23 such UK-only cruises, from Southampton, Liverpool and Greenock, remaining entirely in UK waters.

Unlike other cruise lines, MSC will be allowing passengers to go ashore on their own and they will not be requiring vaccinations as long as passengers are covered by the required tests, including one on boarding. This is the modus operandi used on MSC’s Med cruises.

OTHER CRUISE NEWS

Ambassador Cruises Replaces CMV At Tilbury

Pacific Dawn sporting her livery and house colours as Amy Johnson (Cruise and Maritime Voyages, 28th November 2019)

Pacific Dawn sporting her livery and house colours as Amy Johnson (Cruise and Maritime Voyages, 28th November 2019)

New UK operator Ambassador Cruise Line has announced that it will acquire the 1,400-berth Ambience, the former P&O Australia ship Pacific Dawn, to cruise out of the UK .

The product will be no-fly ex-UK cruises and many of CMV’s executives have now joined the new line.  The Ambience will make her maiden voyage from Tilbury on April 6, 2022.

Ambassador is funded by the London private equity house Njord Partners. And rumours are about that the one-ship cruise line may soon be expanded.

The Cruise People Backs UK Staycation Cruises

The example below shows and advertisement The Cruise People will be using in its office, London shopfront, blog and customer email campaigns.

The Cruise People Backs UK Staycation Cruises

The Cruise People Backs UK Staycation Cruises

 

(Kevin Griffin is managing director of The Cruise People Ltd in London, England. For further information concerning cruises mentioned in this article readers can visit his blog)

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