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Royal Caribbean ship departs Cyprus as line returns to Europe

Royal Caribbean ship Jewel of the Seas has departed Cyprus for a two-night preview cruise

Royal Caribbean ship Jewel of the Seas has departed Limassol, Cyprus, for a two-night preview sailing.

The ship is due to sail its inaugural cruise on 10 July, marking the start of a limited summer series of seven-night itineraries to the Greek islands.

It is the first time Royal Caribbean has based a ship in Cyprus and the ship will visit destinations such as Athens, Rhodes, Crete, Mykonos and Santorini.

Jewel of the Seas is one of two Royal Caribbean ships to return to cruising in Europe this week, with Anthem of the Seas setting sail from the UK today [7 July].  The line is planning for more ships to set sail through August, including Harmony of the Seas from Barcelona.

Jewel of the Seas will sail with a fully vaccinated crew and guests aged 18 years and older, along with children under 18 who are ineligible for the vaccine.

As a requirement of the Cypriot government, non-vaccinated passengers between the ages of 12 and 18 must provide a negative PCR test results taken within 72 hours of arrival in Cyprus. All guests over the age of 2 must also participate in complimentary testing on the day of boarding.

The line said the measures are specific to sailings from Cyprus aboard Jewel of the Seas this summer and will be “continuously evaluated as health circumstances evolve”.

Royal Caribbean International vice-president EMEA Ben Bouldin said: “Jewel of the Seas’ first sailing out of Cyprus marks the beginning of an exciting return to cruising in Europe for Royal Caribbean.

“Cyprus is a beautiful country with a multitude of must-visit regions, and it is an extremely popular destination among our European guests – we know they are ready and waiting to enjoy a Cyprus and Greek Isles getaway this summer.”

Royal Caribbean added it will announce plans to reintroduce its full fleet worldwide by the end of the year.

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