“Someday is here.” That was the one-line tweet Celebrity Cruises CEO and President Lisa Lutoff-Perlo used to announce the news today that on Saturday, June 26, 2021, the Celebrity Edge will be the first cruise ship to sail from U.S. waters in more than a year. Captain Kate McCue, the first and still only American female Captain, will lead the Celebrity fleet—and the industry—back into operation.
Celebrity Edge will depart Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, setting sail on a seven-night cruise of the Caribbean in what promises to be a historic moment for the brand and the industry. The CDC gave the Celebrity Edge the green light to be the first ship back in the water, having met all new standards for providing a healthy cruise experience for its guests and crew. Whether they will do so under Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ no vaccine passport requirement remains to be seen.
First announced in March 2021, the Celebrity Millennium has the honor of being not only the first in the fleet to sail with guests again, but the first ship in the industry to sail the Caribbean when she makes her return to service in St Maarten on June 5. Taking in Aruba, Curacao & Barbados over seven nights, it promises to be a spectacular exploration of the islands and their famed blue waters.
In April, Celebrity Cruises announced its return to European waters with the news that Celebrity Apex, the newest addition to the fleet, would make her world debut in Athens on June 19, with seven-night sailings to the Greek Isles. The cruise marks a historic return to Greece for the company, which was founded there 33 years ago.
There was hope too for lockdown-weary Brits, starved of foreign holidays when, just a few weeks ago, Celebrity Cruises announced that the stunning Celebrity Silhouette would summer in Southampton, offering UK residents specially designed cruises of the British Isles. Taking in some of the most spectacular coastline anywhere in the world, guests will enjoy this ship also transformed as part of the $500 million ‘revolution’ program.
The US summer sailings also follow Celebrity news that beginning July 4, the luxurious, state-of-the-art mega-yacht, Celebrity Flora®, will resume sailing the magical Galapagos Islands. She will be followed soon after by the award-winning Celebrity Xpedition® and intimate 16-passenger Celebrity Xploration® on July 24, and September 18, respectively.
Just last week, Celebrity Cruises announced its long-awaited return to the incomparable natural wonders and wildlife of Alaska beginning July 23.
All Celebrity ships will sail with a vaccinated crew. U.S. guests ages 16 and older must be fully vaccinated and, as of August 1, 2021, all U.S. guests ages 12 and older must be fully vaccinated. Requirements for Non-U.S. guests vary and more details can be found by visiting https://www.celebritycruises.com/healthy-at-sea.