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Two Royal Caribbean cruise ships ready to start sailing in Europe

06 Jul 2021

Royal Caribbean has restarted ships sailing in North America, and Europe is next.

First up is Anthem of the Seas, which completed a shakedown cruise and has returned to Southampton, UK to begin sailings.

Anthem will begin offering cruises on July 7, which will be the first revenue sailing for that ship and from England.

Royal Caribbean International President and CEO Michael Bayley announced Anthem is ready to sail, and congratulated the crew members for getting everything ready, "Congrats UK team!  Onwards and Upwards."

Anthem will offer a combination of 4-night cruises to nowhere in early July and 5- to 8-night British Isles cruises, starting 15th July, that feature visits to destinations such as Liverpool, England, Kirkwall in Scotland and Belfast, Northern Ireland. 

All crew members onboard will be fully vaccinated.

This weekend, Jewel of the Seas will kick off her sailings from Limassol, Cyprus.

Like Anthem, Jewel of the Seas concluded a 2-night shakedown sailing on Tuesday and is ready to offer 7-night cruises.

Jewel will sail with fully vaccinated crew and guests 18 years of age and older, along with children under 18 who are ineligible for the vaccine. Testing protocols are required for all guests.

This is the first time a Royal Caribbean ship has called Cyprus its homeport and will offer 7-night cruises to the Greek Isles through October.

Port stops will include Limassol, Athens, Greece and the Greek islands of Rhodes, Crete, Mykonos and Santorini.

By the end of this week, the two ships will join a handful of other ships sailing in North America and Asia.

Freedom of the Seas and Adventure of the Seas have begun sailing again from North America, along with Quantum of the Seas from Singapore.

Four Royal Caribbean cruise ships will get dry dock work in Spain

05 Apr 2021

Cadiz, Spain will be a hot spot for Royal Caribbean cruise ships very soon.

The Navantia shipyards announced four ships are scheduled to get dry dock work there, beginning with Harmony of the Seas.

Cruise ships must undergo routine work every few years (usually five) in order to keep the ship properly maintained, as well as up to date with being seaworthy.

Harmony of the Seas just arrived in Cadiz on Monday to undergo technical work on her propellers, stabilizers and bottom valves, as well as give the ship some paint work. In fact, the shipyard estimates they will need about 8,000 liters of paint for the work.

Captain Johnny Faevelen posted photos on Twitter of Harmony's arrival at the yard.

The work on Harmony of the Seas is expected to last about a month.

The Navantia shipyards said Jewel of the Seas and Symphony of the Seas will follow in May 2021, followed by Liberty of the Seas in July 2021.  

In addition, Jewel of the Seas will get some work done prior to her summer season sailing from Cyprus to the Greek Isles.

The work done across the four ships will take about 500,000 hours and create 1,230 jobs at the shipyard.

Will these cruise ships get any upgrades or new features?

When a cruise ship goes into dry dock, that is usually a good opportunity for Royal Caribbean to add new features and things to do onboard, but not this time around.

The work being done on all four ships is limited to a technical dry dock, which means just maintenance work.

Royal Caribbean postponed previously scheduled upgrades for Libeerty of the Seas (and many other ships) once the cruise industry shutdown in March 2020.  The inability to cruise has created a lot of financial hardship for the company, and they have cut back on spending where they can.

In addition, Jewel of the Seas was never going to be Amplified.

As a result, the work being done on these ships will be limited to just "under the hood" type work, in order to ensure the ships can sail for another five years without problems.

Jewel of the Seas will sail from Cyprus in July

25 Mar 2021

Another Royal Caribbean cruise ship has been redeployed this summer to sail from a new homeport.

Beginning on July 10, Royal Caribbean announced Jewel of the Seas will sail from Limassol, Cyprus.

This is the first time a Royal Caribbean ship has called Cyprus its homeport and will offer 7-night cruises to the Greek Isles through October.

Port stops will include Limassol, Athens, Greece and the Greek islands of Rhodes, Crete, Mykonos and Santorini.

Guests can start booking Jewel of the Seas beginning on April 7.

Just like Royal Caribbean's other ships that have been redeployed for this summer, the crew members will be vaccinated and adults must be fully vaccinated as well. Those under the age of 18 may sail with negative test results. These current health and safety measures, like others, may evolve as they are evaluated on an ongoing basis.

Details on the health and safety measures to be implemented will be announced at a later date. 

Jewel of the Seas is now the fourth Royal Caribbean ship to be redeployed to a new homeport this summer so that it can offer a cruise season from a non-traditional homeport.

Just like all three ships, adults onboard must be fully vaccinated from Covid-19 in order to sail.

In addition, Grandeur of the Seas will sail from Barbados in December.

"I’m delighted to announce our safe and gradual return to Europe. 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."

Cancelled cruises

As a result of moving Jewel of the Seas to Cyprus, previously scheduled sailings on her between June and October 2021 are now cancelled.

Specifically, Royal Caribbean has canceled the scheduled Jewel of the Seas summer sailings departing June 7 - October 31, 2021. Anyone with a canceled sailing can choose from one of the following compensation options:

  1. A refund of all funds paid
  2. An elevated 125% Future Cruise Credit to sail with Royal Caribbean® at a later date 
  3. An opportunity to Lift & Shift your client’s reservation to a similar cruise next year

Soon, all impacted guests and associated travel agencies will receive an email notification with additional details pertaining to these compensation options.

Photos: Majesty & Jewel of the Seas in Southampton

05 Jun 2020

Two Royal Caribbean ships have been in Southampton over the last few days repatriating crew from the UK and Europe.


Jack's Cruise Blog shared photos with us of these great ships in port, while crew members were disembarking and getting charter flights home.

Jewel of the Seas had crew members from Allure of the Seas that were transferred onboard prior to Allure beginning her dry dock while the two ships were in Gibraltar. 


Both ships came from The Bahamas to Southampton in an effort to repatriate more of the cruise.

New Jewel of the Seas sailings from Galveston 2020-2021 available to book

20 Jan 2020

Royal Caribbean has opened up bookings for Jewel of the Seas for winter 2020-2021 from Galveston, Texas.

The new sailings were added as Jewel of the Seas will go to Galveston in December 2020 to temporarily takeover for Liberty of the Seas while Liberty undergoes her Amplification in January. Liberty of the Seas will be out of service from January through early March, and return to service in Galveston in mid-March.

Jewel of the Seas arrives early with new itinerary options from Galveston, including two transatlantic options, two sailings to Colon, Panama, plus two new sailings to Perfect Day at Coco Cay, Nassau, and Key West.

The new sailings are available to book now.

Royal Caribbean opens 2020-2021 sailings from Dubai for booking

26 Mar 2019

Royal Caribbean has posted its 2020-2021 sailings from Dubai on Jewel of the Seas that will sail to destinations in  the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and beyond.

In addition, every Jewel of the Seas sailing from Dubai features an overnight in Dubai.

Sailings are available to book for Crown & Anchor members on March 26 and the general public on March 27.

You can view the full list of Dubai 2020-2021 sailings here.

Royal Caribbean announces Jewel of the Seas 2019-2020 sailings from Dubai

24 Apr 2018

Royal Caribbean announced today it will base one of its cruise ships in Dubai for a few months between December 2019 and March 2020.

Jewel of the Seas will call Dubai home, and offer 7-night sailings out of Dubai to destinations in the Middle East, including maiden calls to Sir Bani Yas, Doha, and Bahrain.. You can view a full list of available Jewel of the Seas sailings from Dubai here.

The two new itineraries will be available to book from April 24 for Crown and Anchor Society members and from April 25 for the general public.

Royal Caribbean is returning to Dubai, following a two-year absence.  Jewel will sail to Dubai, following a summer season in the Mediterranean that will also see Royal Caribbean return to Turkey. Like the Dubai sailings, the newly announced Jewel of the Seas itineraries will go on sale to Crown and Anchor Society members on April 24, and to the general public on April 25.

Royal Caribbean redeploying Jewel of the Seas to Miami in January 2019

01 Mar 2018

It looks like Royal Caribbean will be re-deploying Jewel of the Seas to PortMiami, beginning in January 2019.

Royal Caribbean has begun informing guests that were booked on Jewel of the Seas via email that sailings between January and April 2019 are cancelled.

Guests who were already booked on Jewel of the Seas on one of the affected itineraries are being offered rebooking options, which include onboard credit.  Guests can also opt for a full refund.

On Royal Caribbean's website, Jewel of the Seas shows sailings leaving from Miami in early 2019 to a variety of destinations in the Western and Southern Caribbean.

There is no word yet which, if any, ship will replace Jewel of the Seas in San Juan, Puerto Rico. 

First look photos from Royal Caribbean's Jewel of the Seas refurbishment

25 Apr 2016

Royal Caribbean just wrapped up a $30 million bow-to-stern refurbishment of Jewel of the Seas and we are starting to get photos of what the changes look like.

Photos of the Centrum

Movie screen added to pool deck

Pool deck

Champagne Bar

Izumi has been added. Photo by Travis Kamiyama

Royal Theater

Thanks to Nick Vitani and @RKSister for providing some of these photos.

From May through October 2016, Jewel of the Seas will cruise round-trip from Rome on an array of itineraries showcasing the best destinations of Italy, Greece and Turkey. These 7, 8, and 9 night itineraries mainly sail through the Greek Isles.

Jewel will complete her European itinerary in October 2016 after which she will return to her home port of San Juan, Puerto where she will sail 6, 7, 8 and 9 night Southern Caribbean itineraries.

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