In a one-line tweet, Celebrity Cruises’ CEO and president, Lisa Lutoff-Perlo pretty much summed things up: “Someday is Here.”
That ‘someday’ is June 26, 2021 and it’s the day when the Celebrity Edge becomes the first cruise ship to sail from US waters in over a year.
And Captain Kate McCue — the first and still only American female Captain — will have the honour of leading 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.
The ship 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.
Celebrity’s Lutoff-Perlo observed: “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.”
She continued: “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!”
And Richard Fain, Chairman of Royal Caribbean Group, parent company of Celebrity Cruises, pointed out that: “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.”
Fain added: “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.”
With the announcement, 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.
Sail on over to https://www.celebritycruises.com/2021-2022-cruises .