The cruising industry largely shut down after several high-profile Covid-19 outbreaks on ships as the illness started to spread in 2020. Now, as the number of Americans getting vaccinated continues to rise and restrictions ease up, the big oceangoing cruise lines are preparing to sail from U.S. waters again.
Celebrity Edge is set to depart from Fort Lauderdale, Florida on June 26 to sail through the Caribbean with beefed-up health and safety measures, including the crew and all guests ages 16 and older fully vaccinated. Other cruises, from Royal Caribbean to Carnival, will soon follow.
“Cruise lines have gone to great lengths to make sure there will never be a significant outbreak of Covid-19 on a ship again,” says Gene Sloan, senior reporter for cruise and travel at The Points Guy.