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First “real” cruise sets sail from Florida after 15 months

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The Celebrity Edge is moored at Port Everglades, Saturday, June 26, 2021, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Celebrity Edge is the first cruise ship to leave a U.S. port since the coronavirus pandemic brought the industry to a 15-month standstill. The seven-night cruise will have 40 percent capacity and with virtually all passengers vaccinated against COVID-19. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

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.

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.

At the helm is Kate McCue, who CNN says is the first and only American female captain of a large cruise ship.