Celebrity Cruises announced on Monday, November 8, that two more of its vessels have returned to service, sailing once again to ‘Journey WonderFULL’ after last year’s global cruising shutdown. With this week’s re-launch of Celebrity Reflection and Celebrity Constellation, 10 of the 14 cruise ships comprising Celebrity’s new-luxury fleet have now resumed sailing in 2021, following a 15-month-long pause. On Saturday, November 6, exactly 600 days from disembarking her last passenger prior to the operational pause, Celebrity Reflection set sail from Fort Lauderdale on a seven-night Caribbean voyage. The luxury ship of Celebrity Cruises has The Bahamas, Mexico, Belize, and Honduras on their itinerary.
“The past year has been one of remarkable change, but we can definitely say the announcement of the return of these two marvelous ships is a change in the right direction as we invite our guests back on board. The experiences our guests will enjoy aboard these beautiful new-luxury ships will provide the healing power of travel that we have all been seeking.”
– Celebrity Cruises President and CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo
The following day, Celebrity Constellation departed from her new homeport in Tampa Bay on her first post-pandemic itinerary that will stop in Belize and Cozumel, Mexico. The two ships will sail Eastern and Western Caribbean voyages for nearly six months before embarking on transatlantic voyages to Europe, where they’ll then sail itineraries to the Continent’s most alluring destinations, including Italy, Spain, Greece, and Croatia.
Belize’s Cruise Ports
Belize’s original cruise port, Fort Street Tourism Village Cruise Port, is a tender port—approximately 15 minutes from ship to shore. Meanwhile, the recent docking port in southern Stann Creek District—the Harvest Caye Cruise Port—currently caters only for Norwegian Cruise Line passengers. Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) has also indicated a return to service with Harvest Caye on August 9, 2021. NCL’s Norwegian Joy will depart from its homeport in Montego Bay, Jamaica on August 7, and will include Belize as a part of its week-long Western Caribbean itinerary. Celebrity Cruises is the latest fleet to return to Belize since the pandemic put cruise operations on hold in March 2020.