Royal Caribbean to base Jewel of the Seas in Cyprus from July

Phil Davies

Royal Caribbean International will position a ship in Cyprus this summer as part of gradual restart plans. The 2,702-passenger Jewel of the

Seas will sail from Limassol from July 10 on seven-night cruises. The ship will call at Athens and

the Greek islands of Rhodes, Crete, Mykonos and Santorini. Passengers will be required to be

fully vaccinated against Covid-19, with those aged under 18 needing negative test results. Guests must also meet the travel requirements of their home country and Cyprus. The crew will also be vaccinated. “These current health and

safety measures, like others, may evolve as they are evaluated on an ongoing basis,” the line said.

Clia to host virtual seminars and ship

tours from April Cruise trade body Clia is inviting agents to join a series of virtual seminars showcasing new ships due to set sail as the industry begins to restart after Covid-19. At each hour-long

session, two cruise line representatives will provide agents with “insider information and selling tips”. The sessions begin at 9.30am

and will feature Carnival Cruise Line and Holland America Line (May 13); Scenic

Jewel of the Seas

The new itineraries from

Cyprus will open for bookings on April 7. The deployment follows plans for new ship Odyssey of the Seas to sail from Haifa in Israel, Adventure of the Seas to cruise from the Bahamas and Vision of the Seas to operate from Bermuda.

It’s therefore really positive to see all the news about the vaccines, border openings and the EU’s digital green pass plans. Nevertheless, we’ll probably have to endure a few more months before all restrictions are lifted, but the light at the end of the tunnel seems brighter.

We’re now working hard on preparations for the restart and we’re looking forward to welcoming customers through our doors again soon. Our priority is people’s safety, so we’ll be providing all the info you and your customers need to know about travelling from BHX this summer – safely and with confidence.

Cruises and Avalon Waterways (May 27); Royal Caribbean and P&O Cruises (June 3); and AmaWaterways and another line yet to be confirmed (June 10). Each session counts as one

ship visit, so attendance at three will meet the requirements of Ambassador-level certification. Clia is also reintroducing

the virtual ship tours it began last year. The free hour-long

sessions will be held on Thursdays at 9.30am, on April 8, 15, 29 and May 6.

Attendance at the virtual tours

counts as credit towards Clia Level 2 (Ambassador) certification, in place of in-person ship visits.

Tom Screen Aviation Director, Birmingham Airport

@BHXtraveltradeteam @bhxtraveltradeteam @BHXtraveltrade

Until we can meet in person again, please send us a message if you have questions or need advice via our social channels or email


Travel Agent updates from Birmingham Airport’s Tom Screen


Hi everyone, I’m Tom Screen, Aviation Director at Birmingham Airport, and I’m really pleased to be able to speak to you monthly via this popular Travel Weekly column.

No doubt you, like us, have had an incredibly tough year, with many professional and personal challenges having to be overcome.

1 APRIL 2021


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