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Spectrum of the Seas transfers to Cyprus flag, boosting country’s tourism industry

The Spectrum of the Seas, a luxurious cruise ship, has officially been transferred to the flag of Cyprus. This move is seen as a major boost for the country’s tourism industry, as the ship is expected to attract a large number of visitors to the island nation.

The Spectrum of the Seas, which is operated by Royal Caribbean International, is one of the largest and most advanced cruise ships in the world. It features a wide range of amenities, including multiple dining options, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and a variety of entertainment options.

The decision to transfer the ship to the Cyprus flag was made after a thorough evaluation of the country’s maritime laws and regulations. The Cypriot government has been working to attract more cruise ships to the country in recent years, and the Spectrum of the Seas is seen as a major step forward in that effort.

In addition to the economic benefits of the ship’s presence, the Spectrum of the Seas is also expected to have a positive impact on the country’s environment. The ship is equipped with advanced environmental technologies, including a state-of-the-art waste management system and energy-efficient engines.

The Spectrum of the Seas is set to begin its first voyage under the Cyprus flag in the coming weeks, and is expected to make several stops in various ports around the island. The ship’s arrival is seen as a major boost for the country’s tourism industry, and is expected to bring in significant revenue for the country.

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MIAMI/LONDON, March 25, 2021 – This summer, Royal Caribbean International guests can soak up the Mediterranean sun and explore the captivating coastlines of Greece and Cyprus on all-new 7-night cruises departing from Limassol, Cyprus. Starting July 10, Jewel of the Seas will call Cyprus home for the first time and sail to the picturesque shores and ancient ruins in Cyprus, Greece and the Greek Isles through October. The new 2021 summer itineraries from Cyprus will open for bookings on April 7. « 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,» said Michael Bayley, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean International.

«Cyprus is a beautiful island, and we are thankful to the Cypriot government for their support and enthusiasm in making these incredible itineraries possible». Savvas Perdios, the Deputy Minister of Tourism for Cyprus, said, «We are delighted that Royal Caribbean will call Limassol its homeport for the first time ever. 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». Guests can rest assured their well-being and that of the crew members and communities visited are Royal Caribbean’s top priorities.

Details on the health and safety measures to be implemented will be announced at a later date. The comprehensive, multilayered health and safety measures to come will continue to be led by science and leverage expert guidance from the Healthy Sail Panel, Royal Caribbean Group’s Head of Public Health and Chief Medical Officer, and local government and health authorities. In addition, travelers must meet the travel requirements of their home country and Cyprus. The most up-to-date policies can be found on Cyprus’ tourism website.

Royal Caribbean’s new 7-night sailings from Cyprus continue the cruise line’s measured and safe return to cruising the world once again.

About Royal Caribbean International

Royal Caribbean International has been delivering innovation at sea for more than 50 years. The cruise line continues to revolutionize vacations with itineraries to more than 270 destinations in 72 countries on six continents, including Royal Caribbean’s private island destination in The Bahamas, Perfect Day at CocoCay, the first in the Perfect Day Island Collection. Royal Caribbean has also been voted «Best Cruise Line Overall» for 18 consecutive years in the Travel Weekly Readers’ Choice Awards. Royal Caribbean International is applying the recommendations of its Healthy Sail Panel of public health and scientific experts to provide a safer and healthier cruise vacation on all of its sailings.

Health and safety protocols, regional travel restrictions and clearance to visit ports of call, are subject to change based on ongoing evaluation, public health standards, and government requirements.

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Tourism ministry welcomes Royal Caribbean’s decision to include Cyprus in summer schedule

The deputy ministry of tourism on Monday welcomed the Royal Caribbean cruise line’s decision to include Cyprus in its summer schedule.

According to the ministry, Royal Caribbean has included Cyprus in its cruise schedule for June, July and August, while the company will be using for this route its “most modern and advanced ship”, expected to be delivered soon.

This cruise programme includes departure from Israel with stops in Cyprus. The ship is expected to arrive in Cyprus about 15 times, between June and August 2021, with the prospect of additional stations in the coming months, the ministry said.

“Cyprus is one of the few countries in the world that has already succeeded their inclusion in important cruise programmes,” it added. Due to these cruise programmes, it said, Cyprus will be hugely promoted in the coming months.

The ministry said that an important role to the Royal Caribbean’s decision to include the island in its programme was the agreement between Cyprus and Israel to allow from April 1 arrivals of Israelis who have been vaccinated without them having to present PCR tests or self-isolate upon their arrival.

“The passengers will be all Israelis, who will have already been vaccinated,” the ministry said. Before boarding, travellers will present two negative tests while, during the cruise, they will be subject to additional checks, it added.

The ministry said that this important agreement for the country was reached after its officials’ “tireless and intensive efforts” which lasted about six months, after the whole project started in September 2020.

“The agreement is a great success for cruise tourism in our country and paves the way for further growth at a time when this sector has taken a massive blow due to the pandemic,” it added.

The deputy ministry of tourism also thanked the transport ministry and the deputy ministry of shipping “for their valuable support and the provision of know-how in order to successfully conclude this agreement for our country.”

Source: Cyprus Mail