As destinations around the world reopen to international travelers with vaccine requirements, so too are cruises. Royal Caribbean just announced a series of Mediterranean cruises that will require passengers to be fully vaccinated.
The seven-night cruises, running from July 10 to October on the Jewel of the Seas ship, will bring guests from Limassol, Cyprus, to various destinations around Cyprus and Greece. Among other locations, the ship will dock at Athens, Mykonos, and Santorini.
Savvas Perdios, Cyprus’ deputy minister of tourism, said in a press release, “We are delighted that Royal Caribbean will call Limassol its home port 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.”
Before boarding, all adult passengers will have to prove that they are vaccinated against COVID-19, while all passengers under 18 must test negative.
Michael Bayley, CEO of Royal Caribbean International, said, “The vaccines are clearly a game-changer for all of us, and with the number of vaccinations and their impact growing rapidly, we believe starting with cruises for vaccinated adult guests and crew is the right choice. As we move forward, we expect this requirement and other measures will inevitably evolve over time.”
The Mediterranean cruise isn’t the first fully vaccinated voyage Royal Caribbean has announced. Earlier this month, the cruise line unveiled fully vaccinated cruises from Israel, the Bahamas, and Bermuda — all of which are scheduled to set sail this year.