Celebrity Cruises has made a dramatic comeback with eight ships returning to service in eight weeks.
The revamped Celebrity Equinox is the fleet’s eighth ship to return to service after heading to the Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale on July 25.
Eight of Celebrity Cruises’ 14-strong fleet have now restarted in 2021.
The luxury cruise line restarted the North American cruise industry on June 5 with Celebrity Millennium sailing the Caribbean from St. Maarten, followed by Celebrity Edge on June 26, the first ship to sail from a U.S port in more than a year.
New ship Celebrity Apex made its world debut in Athens on June 19 with seven-night sailings to the Greek Islands.
Celebrity Silhouette left Southampton to take passengers around the British Isles on July 3, while mega-yacht Celebrity Flora sailed the Galapagos Islands on July 4.
Celebrity Millennium set sail for Alaska on July 23; Celebrity Xpedition returned to the Galapagos Islands on July 24, and Celebrity Equinox departed for the Caribbean on July 25.
Celebrity Cruises president and CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo said: “With each new ship that goes in the water, I’m overwhelmed by the palpable sense of reconnection on board for both our guests and our crew – with each other, their families and the world.”
She added: “It’s really wonderful to be a part of our guests’ aspirations to travel again.”
Brian Abel, Celebrity’s senior vice president of hotel operations said: “I couldn’t be more proud of the Celebrity team’s accomplishments. We were ready and we successfully executed this herculean effort with finesse to welcome our guests back onboard for the Celebrity experience they know and love.”
Celebrity Equinox’s first sailing features a seven-night Western Caribbean itinerary visiting the ports of St. Maarten and St. Thomas, along with Nassau, Bahamas.
The refurbished liner’s new additions include spruced-up restaurants, bars and lounges, and a Lawn Club with outdoor games, laid with real grass.
For suite guests, there’s a private resort-within-a-resort with a sundeck and lounge.