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Royal Caribbean extends Anthem of the Seas season in the UK

04 Aug 2021
Matt Hochberg

Brits will have more time to go on a Royal Caribbean cruise around the British Isles this fall.

Royal Caribbean announced it will add new sailings from Southampton, England in September and October.

Anthem of the Seas cruises will now go through October 20201, and beginning in September eligible international guests will also be able to set sail from Southampton, subject to the latest travel guidelines from the U.K. government and their country of residence.  

The new bookings that have been added to the tail end of the season are available for booking today.

Anthem of the Seas has been sailing 5- to 7-night British Isles cruises as part of Britain's cruise restart. Itineraries include stops at ports of call such as Liverpool, England; Belfast, Northern Ireland; and Kirkwall and Glasgow, Scotland. 

Anthem first began sailings on July 7.

All passengers sailing from Southampton that are 18 years and older must have completed all doses of their COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before sailing. Guests younger than 18 don’t need to be vaccinated — but if they are, they can follow the testing guidance for fully vaccinated guests.

Vaccinated Guests must bring the negative result of an PCR test for COVID-19 taken within 3 days of sailing. 

Unvaccinated Guests,  2-17 years old, must bring the negative result of an PCR test for COVID-19 taken within 3 days of sailing. Guests must also take a complimentary rapid antigen test at the terminal and receive a negative result in order to sail. 

Guests Under The Age Of 2 have no testing requirements.

All crew members onboard are fully vaccinated.

In addition, Anthem of the Seas employs a comprehensive, multilayered set of health and safety measures onboard.

Ben Bouldin, vice president EMEA, Royal Caribbean International, celebrated the extension of the cruise season, "We are thrilled with the response to our Royal Caribbean holidays from the U.K. Since recommencing sailings in early July, our British Isles itineraries have achieved peak guest satisfaction levels. Anthem of the Seas is an incredible ship and very popular with U.K. guests, so we have seen excellent demand from families wanting a holiday like no other this summer."

"We welcome the recent update from the U.K. government, which lifted advice against international cruise travel. While this marks a positive step forward in the global return of cruise, there are still complexities to navigate when calling at multiple European ports of call from the U.K. This, coupled with the popularity of our British Isles sailings to date, has led to our decision to extend our sailings around the British Isles, and I’m delighted to welcome international guests to experience these itineraries, starting in September"