July 2021 – Serenade of the Seas set sail on Monday, July 19 as the first cruise ship to head for Alaska since September 2019. The sailing is a milestone for the cruise industry, local workforce and Alaska’s beloved communities that were significantly impacted by the absence of all cruise tourism, which normally represents more than 60% of the state’s visitors and generates upwards of $3 billion for its economy each year. Calling Seattle home, Serenade offers 7-night itineraries with far-flung highlights such as Icy Strait Point, Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka, Alaska, along with Endicott Arm fjord and Dawes Glacier.
July 2021 – Freedom of the Seas set sail from its new home of Miami on July 2 as Royal Caribbean International’s first ship to cruise from the U.S. in nearly 16 months. The ship begins a summer series of short 3-night weekend and 4-night weekday cruises to top-rated private island destination Perfect Day at CocoCay and Nassau, The Bahamas.
July 2021 – Sheree and Lee Barnes with children Toby and Logan. Sheree works for the South East ambulance service and Lee is a paramedic. Royal Caribbean International set sail from the UK, welcoming guests for the first time in more than a year on board Anthem of the Seas. The ship is cruising with the first of 999 emergency services, NHS, social care sector and armed forces employees, who entered a draw created by Royal Caribbean to thank the dedicated professionals for the incredible work they have carried out over the past year.