Celebrity Cruises has announced its return to cruising, as President and CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo confirmed that the Celebrity Millennium, the ship at the forefront of the fleet’s $500 million modernization program, will homeport in St. Maarten beginning June 5.
Starting March 25, booking will open for new seven-night itineraries departing through August to some of the best-loved Caribbean island destinations.
The ship will sail with vaccinated crew and will be available to vaccinated adult guests and children under the age of 18 with a negative PCR test result within 72 hours of embarkation, says a March 19 press release.
Guests can take advantage of special air and sea pricing offering exceptional savings on all Summer 2021 St. Maarten sailings starting at $1,999 per person for a veranda stateroom.
The offer applies to new bookings and flights must be booked through Flights By Celebrity and prices include airfare and taxes. No promotional code is needed.
“Returning to the Caribbean after more than a year away is such a significant moment for us. It marks the measured beginning of the end of what has been a uniquely challenging time for everyone,” said Lutoff-Perlo. “We have been in constant contact with the leadership of St. Maarten these past months to support each other and share learnings and best practices. That we’re able to offer people the opportunity to safely vacation onboard the revolutionized Celebrity Millennium, is incredible, and that we will sail from the magical island of St. Maarten is very special.”
“I am forever grateful for the support and collaboration of the St. Maarten government.”
Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunication (TEATT) Ludmila de Weever added: “Having a major cruise line such as Royal Caribbean Group’s Celebrity Cruises homeport here is a significant economic milestone for St. Maarten. It’s an historic agreement, the fruit of continuous dialogue and a testament to the strength of our longstanding relationship.”
Cruising the Caribbean
Two different itineraries will be offered:
Aruba, Curaçao and Barbados – This trifecta of spectacular islands offers plenty of wonder from Aruba’s natural rock pools, caves and volcanic lava formations; to the colourful Dutch colonial-style buildings and the Willemstad City Center UNESCO World Heritage Site in Curaçao; to snorkeling and catamaran sailings in the cool blue waters of Barbados.
Tortola, St. Lucia and Barbados – In addition to the many water adventure offerings in Barbados, this itinerary adds in St. Lucia’s lush green landscape and relaxing Sugar Beach; along with one of the British Virgin Islands’ treasures, Tortola, with its mountainous landscape and beautiful sandy coves.
With cruise vacations beginning and ending in St. Maarten, guests have plenty of time to experience this island’s fusion of Dutch, French and Caribbean culinary classics, stunning beaches and renowned snorkeling and diving options.
Celebrity says it will offer a range of curated tours for all interests and price points at every port of call.
Private Journeys and Small Group Discovery Tours will also be available for those guests preferring to explore the destinations with only members of their family or traveling companions.
The Celebrity Revolution
Celebrity Millennium has, notably, undergone one of the largest re-imaginings in history to ensure an unparalleled new luxury experience for guests.
The ship now boasts brand new staterooms, freshly-appointed restaurants and lounges; and a redesigned spa offering guests unparalleled ways to relax and recharge.
At the all-exclusive The Retreat, guests enjoy a private sundeck and redesigned lounge offering complimentary beverages, gourmet bites, live entertainment, and around-the-clock butler and concierge service.
Other onboard enhancements include redesigned staterooms and suites inspired by award-winning British interior designer Kelly Hoppen’s designs for Celebrity Edge and featuring Celebrity’s eXhale bedding with its luxurious Cashmere mattresses.
For more on Celebrity Millennium, click here.
Healthy at Sea
Celebrity Millennium will sail with comprehensive, multilayered health and safety measures developed with expert guidance from parent company Royal Caribbean Group’s Healthy Sail Panel and Global Head of Public Health and Chief Medical Officer; and local health and government authorities.
These measures, including vaccination requirements, will evolve in keeping with current public health standards.
Details on all health and safety measures across the entire Celebrity Cruises vacation experience can be found here.
In addition, guests must meet St. Maarten’s travel requirements, which currently include presenting a negative PCR test taken within 72-hours of arrival to the island.
Simplifying the luxury vacation experience, Wi-Fi, drinks and tips are now ‘Always Included’ on every Celebrity cruise.
And, Celebrity’s “Cruise with Confidence” program provides flexible cancellations and best price guarantees.
For more information on Celebrity Cruises’ St. Maarten offering, click here.
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