Celebrity Cruises returns Down Under

Celebrity Cruises returns Down Under

Celebrity Eclipse set sail from Sydney last weekend, marking the line’s long-awaited return to Australia and New Zealand

Celebrity Cruises has resumed sailings in Australia and New Zealand following the relaxation of Covid travel restrictions in the region.

On Saturday (October 22), Celebrity Eclipse set sail from Sydney on a 12-night itinerary to New Zealand, the first of 17 sailings departing from Sydney and Auckland between now and April 2023.

Highlights include trips to the Great Barrier Reef, overnights in Hobart, Cairns and Adelaide, an Auckland to Fiji voyage and a transpacific sailing from Sydney to Honolulu which crosses the international date line.

Celebrity Eclipse is the first Celebrity ship to sail this region for 930 days – a momentous occasion for the brand and our team members who have worked so hard to get to this point,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, president and CEO of Celebrity Cruises.

“Returning to this region is another significant milestone in the industry’s global recovery, as we sail forward into a bright future.”

Celebrity Cruises vice president and managing director of Australia and APAC, Tim Jones, added: “We’ve been patiently waiting for this moment for so long, and to finally see the freshly painted blue hull of Celebrity Eclipse slice through the waters of Sydney Harbour didn’t disappoint.

“We were one of the last remaining major cruise markets to return to service, and we are really proud to be contributing to the tourism industries of Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific once more, alongside rebuilding the economy of key coastal communities.

“Continuing our momentum in the region, next year we’ll be taking the guest experience to the ‘Edge’ with the debut season of Celebrity Edge Down Under!”

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