MIAMI — Celebrity Cruises is the latest large-ship cruise line to announce the resumption of operations, with bookings opening on March 25 for Caribbean cruises sailing this summer.
According to President and CEO, Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, the Celebrity Millennium will homeport in St. Maarten starting June 5. New seven-night itineraries will depart through August to some of the Caribbean’s most popular islands with a vaccinated crew. Adult guests will also need to be vaccinated while children under the age of 18 will need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of embarkation.
In addition, guests must meet St. Maarten’s travel requirements, which currently include presenting a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival to the island. For details go to https://stmaartenehas.com/travel-requirements/.
Earlier this month, both Royal Caribbean and Crystal Cruises announced the restart of cruises in June and July, respectively. Global cruise lines have been forced to pause operations since the onset of the global pandemic last March.
“Returning to the Caribbean after more than a year away is such a significant moment for us,” said Lutoff-Perlo. “It marks the measured beginning of the end of what has been a uniquely challenging time for everyone. That we’re able to offer people the opportunity to safely vacation onboard the revolutionized Celebrity Millennium is incredible and that we will sail from the magical island of St. Maarten is very special.”
Lutoff-Perlo added that Celebrity has been in constant contact with St. Maarten authorities these past few months to share best practices: “I am forever grateful for the support and collaboration of the St. Maarten Government.”
Two different itinerary offerings will be available to book, both of which begin and end in St. Maarten: Aruba, Curaçao and Barbados; and Tortola, St. Lucia and Barbados.
Celebrity will offer a range of curated tours for all interests and price points at every port of call. Private Journeys and Small Group Discovery Tours will also be available for those who prefer to explore with only members of their family or travelling companions.
Guests can take advantage of special air and sea pricing featuring savings on all Summer 2021 St. Maarten sailings starting at US$1,999 per person for a veranda stateroom. The offer applies to new bookings and flights must be booked through Flights by Celebrity. Prices include airfare and taxes, no promotional code is needed.
Celebrity Millennium will sail with multi-layered health and safety measures developed with expert guidance from parent company Royal Caribbean Group’s Healthy Sail Panel, Global Head of Public Health and Chief Medical Officer, and local health and government authorities. These measures, including vaccination requirements, will evolve in keeping with current public health standards. For the most up-to-date measures go to https://www.celebritycruises.com/healthy-at-sea.
The Celebrity Millennium has undergone one of the largest re-imaginings in history, now boasting brand new staterooms, freshly appointed restaurants and lounges, and a redesigned spa. At the all-exclusive The Retreat, guests enjoy a private sundeck and redesigned lounge offering complimentary beverages, gourmet bites, live entertainment and around-the-clock butler and concierge service.
For more information on Celebrity’s new St. Maarten cruises go to https://www.celebritycruises.com/cruise-deals/caribbean-cruises-from-st-maarten-2021.