Royal Caribbean International has become the latest cruise line to offer British Isles cruises to UK residents. It is also giving away 999 free sailings to people working in the emergency services, NHS, social care sector and armed forces.
Anthem of the Seas will set sail from Southampton in early July on a summer programme of four-night scenic Ocean Getaways and five to eight-night sailings with ports of call in Liverpool, Kirkwall, Scotland and Belfast. Bookings for the cruises open on April 7th and they are available to adults who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and under 18s with negative test results.
Pre-registration for guests eligible for one of the 999 free staterooms open on April 13th, with names entered into a ballot which will be drawn at the end of the month. To be eligible entrants must be able to show proof of an official Blue Light Card available to those working in the emergency services, NHS, social care sector and armed forces.
Royal Caribbean’s new UK sailings continue the line’s safe return to cruising in Singapore, where more than 50,000 guests to date have sailed aboard Quantum of the Seas, and recently announced plans for other ships to resume sailing from Israel, The Bahamas, Bermuda and Cyprus.
The line is renowned for ships that cater to all age groups with round-the-clock entertainment and activities. Highlights on Anthem of the Seas include a skydiving experience, surf simulator, West End production of the musical We Will Rock You, Bionic Bar with robotic bartenders, clubs for children and teens and dining venues including the fantasy restaurant Wonderland and Asian-inspired Izumi.
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. We are delighted with the UK government’s recent announcements regarding cruising and excited to set sail again with a phenomenal ship and favourite 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.”
Known as the ‘River Cruise Queen’, Jeannine Williamson is an award-winning travel writer, cruise expert and our cruise correspondent, who has clocked up thousands of nautical miles.
Photographs courtesy of Royal Caribbean International