Sumary of Aboard the first cruise ship to set sail from the States since the pandemic began:
- By Andrea Sachs, Andrea Sachs The Washington Post Celebrity Edge reduced passenger capacity for the cruise industry’s first departure from a U.S.
- “Vaccinated and ready to cruise,” a couple’s T-shirts proclaimed.
- “This is a history-making voyage,” captain Kate McCue said over Celebrity Edge’s loudspeaker on the momentous day.
- Celebrity Edge was the first vessel to receive the agency’s approval to sail from the States under the vaccination proviso, which requires at least 95 percent of passengers and crew members to be fully inoculated.
- Less than two weeks later, it set off from Miami with real passengers, not volunteers — another first.
- (Royal Caribbean Group owns both the Celebrity and Royal Caribbean International cruise lines.) [What to know about summer cruises and the industry’s comeback] Andrea Sachs The Washington Post A Kentucky couple wearing Celebrity Edge commemorative shirts wave to well-wishers on the shores of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.