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Cyprus scores Royal Caribbean mid-pandemic

Tourism deputy ministry welcomes Royal Caribbean’s decision to include Cyprus in its routes

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Cyprus Deputy Ministry for Tourism has welcomed a world-renowned cruise ship company’s decision to include Cyprus among its destinations during June – August 2021, utilizing a brand-new ship, to be delivered shortly.

In a press release issued Monday, the Deputy Ministry said a new Royal Caribbean route departs from Israel and will dock in Cyprus and Greece before returning back to Israel.

The ship is expected to dock in Cyprus approximately 15 times between June and August, with a prospect of additional routes in the following months according to the Deputy Ministry.

“The agreement constitutes a major success for cruise tourism in our country, which paves the way for further growth in a period when the particular sector took a huge blow due to the pandemic,” the Deputy Ministry said, noting that this deal was reached after a six-month effort.

'The agreement is a major success for cruise tourism in our country and paves the way for further growth in a period when the sector took a huge blow due to the pandemic'

Deputy Ministry officials have also highlighted an agreement between the governments of Cyprus and Israel as of April 1 that would allow visits from Israel without a negative PCR test and no quarantine, provided they have received a Covid vaccine, saying these issues played a major role in Royal Caribbean’s decision to incorporate Cyprus in its new cruise line.

"The ship’s passengers will be solely Israeli who were already vaccinated,” the statement said, noting that prior to boarding the ship, the passengers will present two negative covid-19 tests, while they will be subject to additional controls along the voyage.

The Ministry says “Cyprus is one of the few countries which have been incorporated in major cruise programmes through which the country will be promoted significantly in the coming months.”

Cyprus  |  tourism  |  travel  |  Israel  |  pandemic  |  Royal Caribbean

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