Celebrity Cruises has announced that on Saturday, June 26, the Celebrity Edge will be the first cruise ship to sail from US waters in more than a year. Captain Kate McCue, the first and still only American female Captain, will lead the 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. Celebrity Edge was given the green light by the CDC 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.
“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,” said Celebrity Cruises CEO and President Lisa Lutoff-Perlo. “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!”
“Today’s exciting news is the result of a collaboration with the CDC, our elected officials at the local, state and national levels and our industry partners at CLIA,” said Richard Fain, Chairman of Royal Caribbean Group, parent company of Celebrity Cruises. “We’ve consulted with the brightest minds in the health industry to ensure that our passengers and crew feel safe and comfortable on our ships while enjoying the uncompromised experience they know and love.”
Celebrity Edge is widely regarded as one of the most innovative cruise ships on earth. The ship’s onboard experience features such offerings as the Magic Carpet®, soaring cantilevered above the sea and transformational accommodations such as the two-storey villas with private plunge pools.
Inaugurated in 2018, Celebrity Edge’s unique outward-facing design breaks from traditional shipbuilding. Aboard, guests feel more connected with the sea and the places they visit, whether it’s sipping cocktails from the sundeck of The Retreat, a private resort-within-a-resort, or taking in the stunning vistas from the botanical Rooftop Garden. The ship’s amenities and views will infuse new life into passengers that have longed to travel and see the world once again.
Eager travellers looking to be the first to book a luxury Caribbean vacation this summer can do so effective May 26, 2021, choosing between Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries.
Eight of the 15 ships within the Celebrity Cruises’ fleet now have plans to return to sailing in 2021 and are ready to take guests to breathtaking destinations, including the Caribbean, Europe, Alaska and the Galapagos, including:
- Celebrity’s Caribbean Comeback: First announced in March 2021, the Celebrity Millennium will not only be 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, Curaçao & Barbados over seven nights.
- European Wonder: Greek Isles + British Isles: 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.
- Checking off a Bucket List destination: The Galapagos: 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 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.
- Sailing the Last Frontier: Alaska: Just last week, Celebrity Cruises announced its long-awaited return to the natural wonders and wildlife of Alaska beginning July 23. Further announcements on the remaining vessels will be made in the coming weeks.
Healthy at Sea
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.
Celebrity Cruises has established new health and safety measures in accordance with guidance from public health authorities, government agencies, and our own team of health and safety experts to provide our guests with the peace of mind to fully enjoy their journey with us.
These measures will evolve in keeping with current public health standards. Guests are encouraged to regularly check the guidance on all health and safety measures across the entire Celebrity Cruises vacation experience can be found at https://www.celebritycruises.com/healthy-at-sea.
For more information on Celebrity Cruises’ new US summer sailings, visit https://www.celebritycruises.com/2021-2022-cruises.