12 November 2020
As we all look to the future to see what’s ahead for us in terms of travel, companies such as Royal Caribbean are leading the way. The cruise line has been using this time to produce a set of enticing itineraries to give us all something to look forward to.
It’s so important that when you come to travel, you feel safe and confident. This is why Royal Caribbean has been working in collaboration with others in the cruise industry to create the Healthy Sail Panel, a taskforce of globally recognised medical and scientific experts. The panel’s aim has been to establish the strongest protocols across travel as a whole in order to ensure that when sailings recommence, the safety of passengers can be assured.
Following extensive research, the panel concluded that cruising can be made safer through the implementation of a robust set of science-backed protocols and subsequently made 70 recommendations across five key areas.
“The Panel’s recommendations are grounded in the best scientific and medical information available and are intended to meaningfully mitigate public health risks to those who sail.”
Dr Scott Gottlieb, one of the leading scientists on Healthy Sail Panel.
With all the new measures in place, we’re really excited to see the collection of European itineraries that Royal Caribbean has unveiled for 2021, when we’ll be able to take to the seas once more, in a safe and secure environment. Royal Caribbean will be deploying five of the ships we know and love; Jewel of the Seas, Anthem of the Seas, Adventure of the Seas, Harmony of the Seas, Rhapsody of the Seas as well as the brand new Odyssey of the Seas! They’ll be starting sailings from five ports across Europe: Copenhagen, Barcelona, Rome, Venice and from the UK in Southampton, meaning there are a plethora of destinations to explore.
One of the highlights of the Royal Caribbean's UK calendar is the City Break Explorer Cruise which will be departing from Southampton on 4th June for a week of cultural visits across the channel to Bruges and Rotterdam and further afield to the northern Spanish city of Bilbao. The seven-night trip will see you rediscover the splendours of Anthem of the Seas as you visit these cultural hubs of mainland Europe before returning to Southampton. Onboard, you can still look forward to an eclectic dining scene that Royal Caribbean boasts on each of its vessels. Fancy savouring the flavours from the comfort of your stateroom? Order room service at any time of your cruise to enjoy meals in privacy.
A little later in the season (4th July), Anthem of the Seas will be taking passengers south, from Southampton, for a taste of the summer sun along the west coast of the Iberian Peninsula and down through the Canary Islands. This 12-night route will see you visit the Portuguese capital of Lisbon where you’ll experience the best of the country’s culture; look out for some fresh pastel de nata. You’ll then cruise down to Lanzarote, Gran Canaria, Tenerife and Madeira to soak up the sun before returning home.
Get in touch with your Travel Counsellor today to find out more about how Royal Caribbean has prepared to welcome you back with a safe return to sailing.