Cruising in U.S. waters can officially resume in June.
The first large cruise ship has been approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to sail in June. Celebrity Cruises, a subsidiary Royal Caribbean Group, is the first cruise line to receive approval to sail one of its ships with paying passengers on board.
The Celebrity Edge will depart from Fort Lauderdale on June 26 sailing to the Caribbean.
“CDC has provisionally approved one cruise ship from Royal Caribbean to begin restricted revenue sailing in June, following a request for a conditional sailing certificate and the submission of an accurate and complete port agreement,” Caitlin Shockey, spokesperson for the CDC told USA TODAY Wednesday.
In order to skip test sailings – which Celebrity’s sister line, Royal Caribbean International, received approval for one ship to carry out Tuesday – Celebrity Cruises has agreed to meet the CDC’s requirement to have 95% of passengers and 98% of crew vaccinated.
Celebrity plans to exceed that requirement with 100% of crew vaccinated. Passengers over 16 will be required to have been fully vaccinated two weeks prior to boarding. Starting in August, that requirement includes all passengers ages 12 and up.
Once the ship hits 5% capacity of unvaccinated passengers during bookings, passengers under 16 who are unvaccinated will not be able to purchase a ticket, Susan Lomax, spokesperson for Celebrity, told USA TODAY Wednesday.
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