Royal Caribbean International is returning to the United Kingdom this summer, announcing that Anthem of the Seas will begin sailing from Southampton, England as early as July 7.
It will offer a combination of 4-night Ocean Getaways in early July and 5- to 8-night British Isles cruises, starting July 15, that feature visits to destinations such as Liverpool, England, Kirkwall in Scotland and Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Plus, in recognition of the tremendous efforts of the emergency services, National Health Service (NHS), social care sector and armed forces over the last year, Royal Caribbean will offer 999 free staterooms on its first Ocean Getaways to those UK residents in these professions.
The new summer itineraries open for bookings on April 7. Sailing with fully vaccinated crew, the cruises – at this time – will be available to UK residents above the age of 18 who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and those under the age of 18 with negative test results.
These current health and safety measures, like others, may evolve as they are evaluated on an ongoing basis.
Pre-registration for guests eligible for one of the 999 free staterooms open on April 13, and final names will be drawn from a ballot by the end of April.
Michael Bayley, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean International, said: “The UK is a place we hold near and dear to our heart at Royal Caribbean. We miss our UK guests and are as eager as they are to get back to cruising from Southampton.”
Bayley continued: “We are delighted with the UK government’s recent announcements regarding cruising and excited to set sail again with a phenomenal ship and favorite such as Anthem of the Seas. After a tough year, we all need a holiday, but no one more so than the emergency services, NHS, social care sector and armed forces who will have the long-awaited opportunity to get away and relax with total peace of mind.”
Sail on over to www.RoyalCaribbean.com for more.