By Judy Colbert  |  June 14, 2021

You may have been able to hear the champagne corks pop and cheers resound on June 5 as the Celebrity Millennium cruise ship weighed anchor for a Caribbean cruise departing from St. Maarten, with North American passengers. It was the first major ship open to them since the pandemic shut things down in March 2020. The first to sail from a U.S. port will be the Celebrity Edge, leaving Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on June 26, 2021.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has given permission for cruises to sail in U.S. waters if they complete “trial” cruises or comply with the agency’s vaccination requirements.

That means, depending on the cruise line and where you are on the ship, you may be required to wear a mask, will be reminded to wash your hands frequently and maintain distancing. Each cruise line’s site has a link to its CDC precautions and practices.

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