Shipping in US waters can officially resume in June.
The first large cruise ship was approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to sail in June. Celebrity Cruises, a subsidiary of the Royal Caribbean Group, is the first cruise line to receive authorization to sail on one of its ships with paying passengers on board.
The Celebrity Edge will sail on a seven-night cruise from Fort Lauderdale on June 26 to the Caribbean.
“SOMEDAY IS HERE,” Celebrity Cruises CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo said on Twitter Wednesday, announcing the resumption of the cruise on the edge.
“The CDC has provisionally approved a Royal Caribbean cruise ship to begin restricted revenue navigation in June, following an application for a conditional sailing certificate and the submission of an accurate and complete port agreement,” CDC spokesperson Caitlin Shockey told USA TODAY on Wednesday. .
To avoid test cruises – what a sister line to Celebrity, Royal Caribbean International, received approval for a ship to perform on Tuesday – Celebrity Cruises agreed to meet the CDC’s requirement to vaccinate 95% of passengers and 95% of crew.
Celebrity plans to exceed this requirement with 100% of the crew vaccinated. Passengers over 16 will need to have been fully vaccinated two weeks before boarding, Celebrity spokesperson Susan Lomax told USA TODAY on Wednesday. As of August, this requirement includes all passengers aged 12 and over.
Once the ship reaches 5% of its unvaccinated passenger capacity when making reservations, unvaccinated passengers under the age of 16 will not be able to purchase tickets, Lomax said.