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Cruise firm offers social care workers chance of free trip

A cruise liner is offering 999 free rooms to social care workers and other key personnel on board sailings around the UK coastline this summer.

In recognition of efforts by emergency services, the NHS, the armed forces and social care during the pandemic, Royal Caribbean is offering free ‘staycations’.

The Anthem of the Seas (pictured) will begin cruises around the UK coastline from Southampton from 7 July.

To be eligible for one of the free sailings, UK residents must be able to show proof of an official Blue Light Card.

Pre-registration for guests eligible for one of the 999 free rooms open on 13th April, and final names will be drawn from a ballot by the end of this month.

"We are delighted with the UK government’s recent announcements regarding cruising and excited to set sail again with a phenomenal ship and favourite such as Anthem of the Seas,” said Royal Caribbean International president and chief executive Michael Bayley.

"After a tough year, we all need a holiday, but no one more so than the emergency services, NHS, social care sector and armed forces who will have the long-awaited opportunity to get away and relax with total peace of mind,” he added.

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