The UK’s aviation and maritime minister, Robert Courts, has given the cruise sector renewed hope of being able to operate domestic cruises from 17 May.
Courts joined a session with the All Party Parliamentary Maritime and Ports Group (APPMPG) on Monday (8 March), during which the APPMPG reports he set out "a pathway to the domestic cruise market reopening on 17 May".
Following the meeting, the APPMPG tweeted: Maritime minister Robert Courts announces the reopening of the domestic cruise market in England on 17 May at tonight’s APPMPG meeting."
The group said Courts talked through repatriation procedures and risk mitigations and how they would interplay with Covid protocols and the UK’s vaccination programme.
It added in a second tweet: "A great APPMPG session with Robert Courts who delivered some much appreciated news. A pathway to the domestic cruise market reopening on 17 May."
According to the government’s roadmap to reopen the economy and society, 17 May is the earliest date earmarked for a resumption of international travel.