With celebration and fanfare, Celebrity Cruises’ return to cruising became a reality today, as Celebrity Millennium set sail from Philipsburg, St. Maarten.
Both a first for the industry in North America and the first of Celebrity’s fleet to return to sailing, Celebrity Millennium embarks on a seven-night itinerary visiting the treasured islands of Aruba, Barbados and Curacao, thrilling guests who have waited 15 months to experience the wonders of the world by sea
The sailing also represents the first time Celebrity Cruises has homeported in St. Maarten, one of the most beautiful and vibrant Caribbean islands, where the cruise line now begins sailing Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries through August.
Commenting, Lisa, Lutoff-Perlo, President and CEO of Celebrity Cruises, said: “Today, we sail, again! This is such a significant moment for our company, our industry and the Caribbean. I am so happy to have our crew back onboard doing what they love and providing amazing vacations and service to our guests. I also am extremely grateful to the leadership of the St. Maarten government for their vision and support to make this moment happen. What an honor to now be the first to enthusiastically say, once again – ‘Welcome Aboard!'”
Celebrity Millennium Captain Theodoros Zakkas added, “For the past several months, I had the privilege of maintaining this beautiful ship with a small 75-person crew. Today, with a full crew who were all smiles as we welcomed our guests onboard once again, has been very emotional for me. It has been a beautiful and historic homecoming, one that everyone involved – guests and crew – will never forget.”