Royal Caribbean is offering discounted UK cruise holidays for workers in the emergency services, NHS, social care sector and armed forces. The cruise line is slashing prices by 20% off its domestic sailings this summer, for anyone who holds a Blue Light card. The company is set to operate a number of sailings in July from Southampton, onboard its lavish ship Anthem of the Seas.
We're talking onboard bumper cars, a surf simulator, roller skating, West End style live shows, a bar with robot arm bartenders, pools, and an impressive choice of restaurants. Cruises start from GBP579pp before the discount is applied.(C) Courtesy of Royal Caribbean/Cruise Nation Anthem of the Seas
It's worth noting that the cruises are only open to adults who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, although anyone under 18 will be allowed to board provided they can show proof of a negative Covid test result. You can check out the full list of itineraries on offer on royalcaribbean.co.uk.
To claim the discount, you can book through the Royal Caribbean call centre on 0344 493 2069 - make sure to have your Blue Light Card number as you'll need this when you're booking.
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The deal is valid for bookings made by June 14, 2021.(C) Getty Images a group of four young trainee nurses including male and female nurses , walk away from camera down a hospital corridor
It's not the first time Royal Caribbean has offered a deal for Blue Light Card holders.
Earlier this year the cruise line announced it was offering 999 free cabins to NHS and emergency workers. The company says it had over 21,000 applications, with the winners being drawn through an independent ballot at the end of April. The new 20% discount is for those who missed out on the sailings.
Ben Bouldin, Vice President EMEA, Royal Caribbean International said: "We have been blown away by the positive response and interest in our UK cruises and are excited to set sail again from Southampton. The interest from NHS and emergency service workers has exceeded our expectations and we are delighted to be welcoming 999 members of these professions, along with their families, onboard in July." The discount will also be available for sailings from Cyprus on board Jewel of the Seas this summer.
However, the Foreign Office currently continues to advise against cruise travel for Brits, although it's expected to allow for domestic cruises when non-essential foreign travel restarts (the earliest date for this being May 17). The government's Global Travel Taskforce has previously said that domestic cruises in the UK would be a factor in determining whether cruises abroad could go ahead. Are you planning a UK cruise holiday this summer?
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