Talks have reportedly been taking place between government ministers and cruise industry bodies in an attempt to introduce new frameworks to help tackle the spread of Covid-19 and help resume much-loved cruise holidays.

According to a Whitehall source, should cruise lines be given the go-ahead to start sailing again, the industry could recommence at the start of the new year.

However, with the current uncertainty and restrictions on travel, it is likely that cruises could only encompass the British Isles initially. Again, this decision is also reliant on the Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO) changing their guidance on cruise travel as they currently advise against it.

If you are planning a cruise, we do advise that you also make sure you arrange a specific cruise travel insurance policy – even if the cruise only sails around the UK. In fact, UK cruises tend to use smaller more luxurious ships and therefore can be quite expensive, so just one of the reasons to ensure you have adequate travel insurance cover.

There is a range of specific cruise-holiday travel insurance policies available, as well as a number of cruise extensions that can be added to an existing travel insurance policy. Whichever policy you choose, you should check that the policy also provides cover for your specific holiday needs, for example if you have medical conditions, they are covered, or if you require additional cover for Covid-19, that is covered too.

For more information on what to look out for when choosing the right travel insurance policy and for top tips on planning a cruise holiday, click here.