Cruise companies have awaited and processed ever-changing reopening mandates from the CDC for months. Some, like Norwegian and Carnival, plan to move cruises away from U.S. departure ports to other countries whose requirements are already in place and are less restrictive.
The first cruise ship to depart from the US in fifteen months, Celebrity Edge, left port in late June, and returned after a five day cruise. More cruise ships are set to depart over the summer. Royal Caribbean has announced that all of its summer cruises are fully booked.
- Carnival Cruise Line warns of potential move of ships out of U.S. (Apr 7, 2021, WESH 2 News)
- Cruise Ships Are Back At Sea As Bookings Boom (June 27, 2021, NBC News)
- Cruise News Today — July 2, 2021 (July 2, 2021, Cruise News Today)
- Celebrity Edge, 1st cruise ship to sail from US in over 15 months, returns to Port Everglades (July 3, 2021, WSVN TV)
This post is based on the US News & World Report article, When Will Cruises Resume?, by Nicola Wood, July 1, 2021; the Condé Nast Traveler article, Cruising is Returning This Year, Here’s What to Know, Continue reading