Free staycation cruises for NHS and emergency services workers

Key workers are offered free cruises to recognize their efforts during the coronavirus pandemic.

Royal Caribbean announced that 999 rooms will be allocated to ambulance, NHS, social sector and armed forces workers.

Employees wishing to apply for the trip must register on the cruise line’s website in order to vote.

The company’s ship Anthem of the Seas will set sail from Southampton on July 7th.

It will operate ocean cruises as well as trips along the UK coast, visiting destinations such as Liverpool, Belfast and the Orkney Islands.

Sails will be available to UK residents who have received both doses of a coronavirus vaccine, as well as children with negative test results.

The entire crew is fully vaccinated.

The government has advised people to avoid all cruises since July 9, 2020 because of the pandemic.

However, Minister of the Sea, Robert Courts, recently told MPs that domestic cruises could be allowed from May 17.

Michael Bayley, CEO of Royal Caribbean said, “The UK is a place that we at Royal Caribbean appreciate.

“We miss our British guests and are just as excited to be cruising from Southampton again.

“We are delighted with the recent UK government announcements regarding cruises and are excited to be back to sea with a phenomenal ship and favorites like Anthem of the Seas.

“After a tough year, we all need a vacation, but none more than the emergency services, the NHS, the social security sector and the armed forces, who will have the long-awaited opportunity to relax in peace.”

A number of other cruise lines offer summer stays for UK residents including P&O Cruises, Cunard, MSC Cruises, Celebrity Cruises and Saga Cruises.

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