Celebrity Cruises has received approval to resume sailings from the United States after more than a year of suspended operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. On June 26, the cruise company will mark a long-awaited return with Celebrity Edge departing from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale.
Commenting, Celebrity Cruises CEO and President Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, said: “For the past 15 months our conversations with friends and loved ones about seeing the world have been accompanied by the phrase ‘someday.’ I’m beyond proud and excited to say that day has arrived.”
“The power of travel has a way of healing our souls as we connect with cultures, sights, and experiences that bring greater joy and renewed energy to our lives. Nothing compares to these experiences at sea and now the wonder of these journeys returns. We’ve been preparing for this day for months and, on behalf of all of us at Celebrity Cruises, we’re ready and we can’t wait to welcome our guests aboard once again!”
The cruise company’s return is heralded with a sailing on its much lauded, state-of-the-art, luxury ship Celebrity Edge. The ship was given the go-ahead by the CDC to be the first ship back in the water, meeting all new standards for delivering a safe and healthy cruise experience for guests and crew. The sailing from Fort Lauderdale sets the stage for other Royal Caribbean Group brands to announce additional itineraries, reviving local U.S. port economies and kick-starting the rebound in cruise tourism around the world.
All sailings will depart with vaccinated crew and everyone over the age of 16 must present proof of vaccination against COVID-19; as of 1 August 2021, all guests ages 12 and older must present proof of vaccination.