All Aboard! 1st post-pandemic cruise ship readies to sail – News Vibe24

    All Aboard! 1st post-pandemic cruise ship readies to sail - Times of India
    FORT LAUDERDALE: The first cruise ship to leave a US port since the Koranic pandemic brought the industry to a 15-month standstill is set to travel with almost all vaccinated passengers.
    The Celebrity Edge will depart from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, at 6 p.m. on Saturday, with the number of passengers being limited to about 40 per cent and almost all passengers being vaccinated against Covid-19. Celebrity Cruises, one of the brands of Royal Caribbean Cruise, says that 99% of passengers are vaccinated, in addition to the 95% requirement imposed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
    To comply with both the CDC requirement and a new Florida law banning businesses from requiring customers to show proof of vaccination, Celebrity Cruises asks visitors if they would like to share their vaccination status. Those who do not show or say they have been vaccinated face additional restrictions.
    Saturday’s sailing begins cruise ship returns to business with carnival boats already scheduled to depart from other ports next month.
    Celebrity Cruises unveiled the $ 1 billion boat in December 2018 – betting on luxury cruises, offering a huge spa and multi-storey suites. The ship will be piloted by Captain Kate McCue, the first American woman to lead a cruise ship with more than 1 million followers on TikTok.
    “Words cannot describe how excited we are today to be part of this historic sailing,” said Elizabeth Rosner, 28, who moved from Michigan to Orlando, Florida, in December 2019 with her fiancé to be close to cruise line industry hub.
    Industry officials hope that everything will go smoothly to spend a chapter last year on the deadly cruise ship epidemics that led to ships being dumped in ports and passengers being forced into quarantine. Some passengers died from the Covid-19 at sea, while others fell so ill that they had to be transported by stretcher boats.
    The CDC has repeatedly extended cruise orders last year as the pandemic raged, and has imposed stringent industry claims that have already been challenged in court by the state of Florida. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says the industry generates billions for the state economy.
    On Saturday, officials at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale said the port alone had lost more than $ 30 million in revenue in fiscal year 2020 since the cruise closed.
    During this break, Carnival, the Norwegian and the Royal Caribbean, the three largest cruise companies, had to raise more than $ 40 billion in funding to stay alive. Collectively, they lost $ 20 billion last year and another $ 4.5 billion in the first quarter of 2021, according to data from the Hellenic Capital Market Commission.
    The pandemic forced Kurt and Carol Budde to cancel their wedding on the beach with the world’s largest ship, the Agreement of the Seas, in March 2020. Covid-19 stopped cruising six days before they were scheduled to tie the knot at St. Maarten. Kurt Budde’s concert as a part-time travel agent was also drying up.
    “It’s a honeymoon makeup cruise,” said Kurt Budde of sports shirts with the phrase “On Cruise Control.”
    “We are living our best lives after Covid today,” he said.

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