The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has given the Celebrity Edge the green light to resume cruising from U.S. ports. The ship will set a course for adventure Saturday, June 26, from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to the Caribbean.
“Someday is here,” Celebrity Cruises CEO and President Lisa Lutoff-Perlo tweeted in the announcement.
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. The CDC approved the cruise after the Celebrity Edge met new standards for providing a healthy cruise experience for its guests and crew. All guests over 16 years of age must be vaccinated against COVID-19, as will all on-board crew members, according to Celebrity Cruises. After Aug. 1, all guests ages 12 and up must be vaccinated.
“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.
On Tuesday, the CDC approved a two-day Royal Caribbean simulated test cruise from Miami with volunteer passengers. The CDC requires lines to perform a test cruise if less than 95% of its staff and guests will be vaccinated. Celebrity Cruises will require 95% of crew members and guests to be vaccinated, so it does not need to first hold a simulated cruise.
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