Ship gets okay for Fort Lauderdale cruises

By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva

Celebrity Edge will usher in  the return of cruises when she sets sail from Fort Lauderdale on June  26. The event marks the first cruise ship to get the green light to cruise in American ports. Please note: Celebrity, and other lines, are doing cruises from Seattle to Alaska this summer but this is a different deal thanks to the passage of the Alaska Tourism Restoration Act.

Celebrity Cruises, which operates the Edge, has been running the line, “Someday is here.” And now it is according to a tweet by company CEO/president Lisa Lutoff-Perlo.

Celebrity to resume cruises June 5th

Lisa Lutoff-Perlo

Celebrity Edge is not only the first  ship to sail from US waters in more than a year but also the first to employ a female captain,  Kate McCue. McCue will take the Edge from Florida to the Caribbean on a series of seven-night voyages.

The ship got the go-ahead from CDC after meeting the new standards for providing a safe and healthy cruise experience.

Says Lutoff-Perlo,”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,” says Richard Fain, Chairman of Royal Caribbean Group, parent company of Celebrity Cruises.

Cutting edge factors

Celebrity Edge is not your everyday cruise ship. She’s awash in innovative touches such as its Magic Carpet®–a  unique venue cantilevered high above the ship. The area houses two-story villas accommodations with private plunge pools.

Launched in 2018, Celebrity Edge boasts a unique outward-facing design that breaks from traditional shipbuilding. In addition to the Magic Carpet, it houses  an The Retreat. This is an elite area that’s like a private resort-within-a-resort.,

Celebrity’s Caribbean comeback

Celebrity Millennium is actually the first in the fleet to return to the seas. She will make her comeback June 5 with cruises from St. Maarten.

Continuing on to Greek Isles + British Isles

The next Celebrity ship to resume operation is  Celebrity Apex, making a a debut in Athens on June 19. She will do  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.

And the Galapagos

On July 4, the luxurious, state-of-the-art mega-yacht, Celebrity Flora®, will resume sailing the glorious Galapagos Islands. Following in her nautical tracks will be Celebrity Xpedition®  and the intimate 16-passenger Celebrity Xploration® on July 24, and September 18, respectively.

 Seafaring safety and protocols

Celebrity crews and U.S. guests ages 16 and older must be fully vaccinated in order to sail. And as of August 1, 2021, all U.S. guests ages 12 and older must have also gotten the vaccine. . Requirements for Non-U.S. guests vary and more details can be found by visiting

Added amenities

Celebrity now provides free Wi-Fi, drinks, and tips  in its  ‘Always IncludedSM’ fares. . And, Celebrity’s “Cruise with Confidence” program provides flexible cancellations and the best price guarantees.

 Bookings open

Ready to set sail? Call a Pavlus Travel advisor at 800-528-9300 to set you up. You can also learn more at




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