A FAMILY was devastated after being forced to cancel their dream holiday due to the introduction of new Covid rules.
In 2020, Dannie Sheppard and his wife Sharron booked a week-long P&O Cruises vacation for themselves and their two children, Niamh, 12, and Ewan, 10.
After that trip was canceled during the pandemic, the family booked a new holiday two years later and were eventually set to set sail on April 16, 2022 to visit France, Spain and Portugal.
However, her plans were dashed when the cruise line updated its guidelines on Covid stitches, meaning 12-year-old Niamh is no longer abiding by her guidelines.
Originally, P&O said all guests between the ages of five and 17 must either be fully vaccinated or show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 120 hours of travel.
However, this rule was changed on February 22 and now states that all passengers aged 12 and over must be fully vaccinated at least 14 days before travel.
Niamh only turned 12 on March 4, so she won’t be able to get both of her bumps before the cruise departs on April 16 – just seven weeks after her birthday.
Although Niamh rushed to the doctor on her 12th birthday to get her first vaccination, she was told she could not safely have her second before the holidays and would therefore not meet the requirements of a full vaccination.
Sharron called P&O Cruises to explain her predicament and was told Niamh would not be allowed to board so the family would have to cancel their trip.
The family were devastated and upset that vaccination policies had been changed – although Niamh did not need to be vaccinated to visit France, Spain or Portugal.
Dannie told that Birmingham Mail: “Niamh can meet the vaccination status required for all countries the cruise visits and meet the requirements for re-entry into the UK at the end.
“The wording of the policy produced an absurd and unfair result, but P&O has followed its policy very strictly, even in the face of common sense.”
A spokesman for P&O Cruises said: “We are very sorry for the disappointment this has caused.
“We have worked with public health, port and government agencies around the world to create a framework of protocols to protect the health and well-being of crew, guests and the communities we visit.
“We also need a vaccination policy that meets entry requirements for all of our ports of call around the world.
“We are very sorry that you are unable to travel, but would love to welcome you on board in the future.”
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With more than 8,400 people on the island, the Foreign Office has since warned against all but essential travel to the island.
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