Celebrity Infinity set sail on Saturday (June 25), marking the return to service for Celebrity’s entire fleet. It was the ship’s first sailing in 881 days and also heralded another milestone, as it marked the full return of all 63 ships in the parent-company Royal Caribbean Group fleet.
Celebrity Infinity set sail to the Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale’s Port Everglades. In honour of all ships being back in the water and to honour their crew, the entire fleet sounded their horn on Saturday. Following its return sailing Celebrity Infinity will embark on alternating seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries.
Celebrity Cruises’ return to service began one year ago on June 26, 2021, when Celebrity Edge became the first cruise ship to sail from a US port in 15 months, after being grounded due to the global pandemic.
President and CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo said: “This sailing not only caps an incredible journey but sets a course for a whole new world of infinite possibilities for our brand and for cruise travel. The future is very bright, thanks to the time, effort, and love that the team has poured into bringing our entire fleet back.”
Celebrity Infinity’s return to service coincided with the Day of the Seafarer – a day designated by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in recognition of the valuable contribution seafarers make to international trade and the world economy.
Lutoff-Perlo continued: “Our full return would not be possible without the tireless effort and unwavering commitment of our crew. They are the very heart and soul of the Celebrity Cruises’ experience and I am so happy and proud to finally reunite our entire global family at sea.”
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