Celebrity Cruises has been given the green light for Celebrity Equinox to sail from Fort Lauderdale on 25 July 2021.
The approval from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention means that nine of the 14 ships in the Celebrity fleet have plans to return to sailing by mid-September 2021.
Celebrity Equinox will set sail on a seven-night cruise visiting the Mexican ports of Cozumel and Costa Maya, along with Nassau, Bahamas. It will follow Celebrity Edge, which is scheduled to depart from US waters for the Caribbean on 26 June 2021.
Celebrity Cruises president and CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo said: “It is so exciting to announce yet another ship on the heels of Celebrity Millennium leading the industry’s Caribbean comeback to rave reviews just this past Saturday.
“From the outpouring of comments and emotion from our guests and crew on that sailing, it’s clear that people are ready to cruise back to normal. We’ve all been waiting for the day we could get away, again, to the places we’ve been dreaming of and that ‘someday’ is here.”
Celebrity Equinox will sail with at least 95 per cent of crew and passengers vaccinated and enhanced health and safety standards, the line said, featuring reduced capacity on board and technology to create “new arrival, departure and muster safety drill procedures”.
Terminal arrivals and departures will also be staggered by appointment, with guests having the ability to select their preferred times based on their travel plans.
Celebrity’s Cruise with Confidence policy allows guests who have booked by 31 July 2021 to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure on sailings through to 30 September 2022 and receive a 100 per cent credit for a future cruise.
Celebrity Cruises recently celebrated its return to service when Celebrity Millennium set sail from the Caribbean port of Philipsburg, St Maarten, on 5 June.