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Royal Caribbean Focuses On Greek Islands Sailing

Thanks to the lifting of the ban on international cruises, Cruise ships can now begin to shift their focus to international cruising again, and Royal Caribbean can now open up their Cyprus sailing to British customers.

Jewel of the Seas has been based in Limassol and sailing around the Greek islands since early July, with vaccinated passengers from Cyprus, Israel, and the US.

Ben Bouldin, vice-president of Europe, Middle East, and Africa for Royal Caribbean Cruises and new chair of Clia UK and Ireland has said “We haven’t really been pushing it in the UK up until this point.”

“But now it’s permitted to sell internationally. We’ve got chartered air, we’ve got special transfers, we’ve got everything in place for that to be a fantastic holiday for a UK guest.”

The cruise line’s Anthem of the Seas has been sailing domestically from Southampton since mid-July but international cruises look set to start from September onwards.

Now the challenge will be to study the complexities of cruising to destinations such as Portugal and Spain, and how aspects such as Covid testing will affect the experience onboard, he added.