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Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship Will Sail Out of Cyprus This Summer

NICOSIA — In a boost for Cyprus during the COVID-19 pandemic that cut tourism to next to nothing in 2020, Royal Caribbean International will sail Cyprus-Greece cruises this summer on Jewel of the Seas from a homeport in Limassol on the island.

The fully vaccinated cruises will start July 10, with calls at Piraeus and the Greek islands of Rhodes, Crete, Mykonos and Santorini, said Seatrade Cruise News, with booking opening April 7.

The cruises for now will be limited to adults who have proof of vaccination and those under 18 who show negative results, and all crew members will be vaccinated too, the industry trying to show sailing is safe after cruise ships when the pandemic hit were called super spreaders because of close quarters.

'I’m delighted to announce our safe and gradual return to Europe. We know how eager our guests are to enjoy a getaway this summer, and these sailings, which include a mix of fantastic destinations and must-visit islands, make for the perfect getaway,' RCI President Michael Bayley said.

“Cyprus is a beautiful island, and we are thankful to the Cypriot government for their support and enthusiasm in making these incredible itineraries possible,” he added as ship companies hope people will take the chance.

Deputy Tourism Minister Savvas Perdios said, “We are delighted that Royal Caribbean will call Limassol its homeport for the first time ever. This has been an ambition of ours for many years, and we are thrilled that, finally, this dream has come to fruition.'

Perdios added: 'We have every confidence that Royal Caribbean’s presence in Limassol will be beneficial to Cyprus and, similarly, we are very confident that as a homeport and as a country, Cyprus will live up to the expectations of Royal Caribbean and its guests,” the site added.

Greece has wanted to make the port of Piraeus a major destination for giant cruise liners too and Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis welcomed the link between the countries.

“Our history, culture and famous gastronomy, together with our philoxenia, will make memories to last a lifetime. It's a great day for Greece cruising, with Celebrity Cruises also announcing new sailings from Piraeus starting in June on Celebrity Apex,” he said.

The site Cruishive said that with the United States still barring the cruise ships that Royal Caribbean has been looking for alternative homeports, settling on Cyprus which is a favorite destination and needs tourists to return.

This will be the first time Royal Caribbean will cruise in Europe since the suspension of operations. Europe has been one of the few regions that have already allowed cruise ships to operate.

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