Royal Caribbean is officially back to sailing in the Mediterranean.
Today, Jewel of the Seas embarked on a two-night preview cruise from Limassol, Cyprus. On Saturday, the vessel will begin its summer series of seven-night cruises to the Greek Isles from the port.
This is the first time a Royal Caribbean International ship has homeported in Cyprus. From there, passengers will visit destinations including Athens, Rhodes, Crete, Mykonos, and Santorini.
Jewel of the Seas is sailing with fully-vaccinated crew and guests 18 and older. Kids under 18 who are ineligible for the vaccine are also allowed to sail; those 12 to 18 must provide a negative PCR test result taken with 72 hours of arrival into Cyprus. All guests over 2 must undergo testing by Royal Caribbean on the day of boarding, as well.
These health measures are specific to sailings from Cyprus aboard Jewel of the Seas this summer, and will continually be evaluated as circumstances evolve.
“Jewel of the Seas’ first sailing out of Cyprus marks the beginning of an exciting return to cruising in Europe for Royal Caribbean,” said Ben Bouldin, vice president, Europe, Middle East, and Africa, Royal Caribbean International.
“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.”
Jewel is one of two Royal Caribbean ships to resume cruising in Europe this week; Anthem sets sail from the UK tomorrow, July 7.
As well, mega-ship Harmony of the Seas is set to resume cruises in August from Barcelona, Spain.