A ‘My Holiday’ app and a pre-holiday video guide has been created by P&O Cruises to help passengers pre-book dining and entertainment when the line resumes sailing on Sunday.
A series of UK sailings start on June 27 with Britannia followed by ship Iona sailing from August 7.
The app, available to use free of charge, enables passengers to make on board bookings from their mobile phone or tablet.
They will be able to queue virtually for dining, needing only to arrive at their chosen restaurant at the exact time of their requested booking.
All restaurants on Britannia and Iona will feature table service and passengers will just need to pre-book or join a My Holiday app virtual queue.
A new video presented by the line’s celebrity wine expert Olly Smith has also been released.
Ahead of Britannia’s return to service, in line with Chamber of Shipping guidance, the ship has achieved external validation of its health and wellbeing protocols from Bureau Veritas (BV), a world leader in testing, inspection, and certification. Iona’s inspection will be undertaken shortly.
Bureau Veritas president marine and offshore Matthieu de Tugny said: “Our passenger ship experts have been supporting P&O Cruises with the verification of health and wellbeing standards to enable a return to service in line with the UK Chamber of Shipping’s guidance and Bureau Veritas guidelines.
“The ship was exceptionally well prepared and we give full credit to the entire ship’s crew and management. It will be good to see Britannia back in operation.”
New well-being measures to protect guests and crew will also be in place for P&O Cruises’ UK coastal cruises, limited UK resident Covid-19 vaccinated passengers only.
Covid-19 testing will be carried out upon arrival at the cruise terminal with boarding subject to achieving a negative test result.
P&O Cruises president Paul Ludlow said: “We cannot wait to welcome guests back on board from the end of June and we are committed to providing peace of mind and reassurance at every stage of a holiday with us.
“We want guests to enjoy every moment of these highly anticipated sailings so Olly Smith’s video on our website helpfully guides guests through what to expect this summer. Then while on board, the My Holiday app is the tool for guests to plan their activities from anywhere on the ship.
“Precious and longed-for time on board can therefore be spent getting the very most out of the P&O Cruises holiday experience.”