Published on : Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Celebrity Cruises has announced its long-anticipated return to cruising. Chief Executive Lisa Lutoff-Perlo confirmed that Celebrity Millennium would sail from a new base on the Caribbean island of St. Maarten, with trips expected to begin on June 5, with sales opening on Thursday. Celebrity will offer new seven-night itineraries departing through August to some of the best-loved Caribbean island destinations.
The ship will sail with vaccinated crew and will be available to vaccinated adult guests and children under the age of 18 with a negative test result within 72 hours of embarkation. 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 guests preferring to explore the destinations with only members of their family or travelling companions.
Lutoff-Perlo said in her statement that returning to the Caribbean after more than a year is a significant moment for the cruise line as it marks the measured beginning of the end of what has been a uniquely challenging time for everyone. She mentioned that the company has been in constant contact with the leadership of St. Maarten these past months to support each other and share learnings and best practices.
She stated that the cruise line was able to offer people the opportunity to take up safe holiday onboard the revolutionised Celebrity Millennium, the fact that the sailing will begin from the magical island of St. Maarten is very special. She said that having a major cruise line such as Royal Caribbean Group’s Celebrity Cruises homeport is a significant economic milestone for St. Maarten.
St. Maarten Minister of Tourism, Ludmila de Weever added that it is an historic agreement, the fruit of continuous dialogue and a testament to the strength of the longstanding relationship. It was mentioned that Celebrity Cruises homeporting will help rejuvenate St. Maarten’s economy and drive opportunities for the people.