The cruising industry from the U.S. has officially returned!
The first “real,” non-simulated cruise is currently at sea after setting sail from Fort Lauderdale.
This is the first cruise with potentially fully-vaccinated, paying passengers in over 15 months due to the coronavirus.
#HopeFloats. Today marks the rebirth of our company and our industry, as our beautiful Celebrity Edge sets sail on a new-luxury experience that will – once again – feed peoples’ love of travel. pic.twitter.com/2Pz2uddqOF
— Lisa Lutoff-Perlo (@LisaLutoffPerlo) June 26, 2021
The cruise ship “Celebrity Edge” left Florida just after 6pm Saturday night on a seven-night voyage with stops in Mexico and the Bahamas.
The ship is sailing at 40% capacity to allow for social distancing.
The entire crew is reportedly vaccinated for COVID-19, along with most of the passengers.
— Cruise Critic (@CruiseCritic) June 26, 2021
At the helm is Kate McCue, who CNN says is the first and only American female captain of a large cruise ship.