Leading the way with the first cruise ship to sail in North America on June 5, Celebrity Cruises’ return to sailing continues, as the new Celebrity Equinox ship was approved by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) to set sail from Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades, Florida) on July 25, 2021.
Equinox will follow the industry-first cruise departure from U.S. waters for the Caribbean aboard Celebrity Edge on June 26.
With the announcement, 9 of the 14 vessels within the Celebrity fleet have plans to return to operation by mid-September and are ready to take passengers to the destinations they've missed from the Caribbean and Galapagos to Europe and Alaska.
Equinox joins 8 ships in the Celebrity Cruises' fleet that have been announced as part of the phased summer restart, including:
- Celebrity Millennium, which commenced sailing 7-night Caribbean itineraries from Philipsburg (St Maarten Island, Dutch Antilles) on June 5; and is due to repositioning to Seattle WA to sail 7-night Alaska Dawes Glacier voyages beginning July 23
- Celebrity Summit is then expected to sail the remaining Saint Maarten season through August 2021, followed by plans to sail a series of 4- and 5-night voyages from Fort Lauderdale FL to the Western Caribbean through late October
- Celebrity Apex – sailing 7-night Greek Isles itineraries as of June 19
- Celebrity Edge – sailing a rotating schedule of Eastern & Western Caribbean itineraries from Fort Lauderdale FL as of June 26
- Celebrity Silhouette – sailing along the UK coastline beginning July 3
- Celebrity Flora – returning to the Galapagos Islands on July 3, followed by Celebrity Xpedition and Celebrity Xplorationon on July 24, and September 18, respectively.
Celebrity’s Cruise with Confidence policy allows customers who have booked by July 31, 2021, to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours prior to departure on sailings through September 30, 2022, and receive a 100% credit for a future voyage.