MIAMI — Celebrity Cruises is the latest cruise line to celebrate the return of its full fleet following the industry’s voluntary pause as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Celebrity Infinity set sail for the Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale’s Port Everglades on June 25, marking not only the ship’s first sailing in 881 days but also the full return of Celebrity’s 15-ship fleet. It also marked the full return of all 63 ships in parent company Royal Caribbean Group’s fleet, a milestone that was commemorated with a fleet-wide horn blowing on June 25.
Celebrity’s return to service began one year ago when the Celebrity Edge made history on June 26, 2021 as the first cruise ship to sail from a U.S. port in 15 months. The line then systematically returned more ships to the water to destinations in the Caribbean, Europe, Alaska and the Galapagos.
On Celebrity Infinity completing the company’s comeback, Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President and CEO of Celebrity Cruises, said: “This sailing not only caps an incredible journey but sets a course for a whole new world of infinite possibilities for our brand and for cruise travel. The future is very bright, thanks to the time, effort and love that the team has poured into bringing our entire fleet back.
“Seeing the beautiful Celebrity Infinity sail out of Port Everglades will be an emotional moment for everyone at Celebrity Cruises, especially our crew, who have waited so long to welcome guests aboard once again.”
Adding to the milestone, Celebrity’s Infinity’s return to service coincided with the Day of the Seafarer, a day designated by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in recognition of the contribution seafarers make to international trade and the world economy.
“Our full return would not be possible without the tireless effort and unwavering commitment of our crew. They are the very heart and soul of the Celebrity Cruises’ experience and I am so happy and proud to finally reunite our entire global family at sea,” added Lutoff-Perlo.
In its first sailing in over two years, Celebrity Infinity is taking guests on a seven-night Eastern Caribbean sailing with stops in The Bahamas, Turks & Caicos and the Dominican Republic. Following its return, the ship will embark on alternating seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries. All seven-night itineraries will feature calls to Bimini or Nassau, Bahamas and Key West, Florida. In addition, Eastern Caribbean sailings will visit Puerto Plata, while Western Caribbean sailings will also call on Belize City and Cozumel.
To entice travellers to book, Celebrity’s Semi-Annual Sale runs from now through July 4, 2022 and includes 60% off the second guest, plus up to $500 in airfare credit.