Cruises are back! These ships will depart Florida in July

Planning a cruise this summer from Florida, but don’t understand the offers? You are probably not alone. Cruise lines have changed their schedules, ships, requirements and routes almost daily over the past few months.

Nevertheless, the cruises are back!

So the question then is, which cruise ships are sailing? We’re taking a look at what we can expect from Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruise Line in July and other cruise lines that will be sailing from the Sunshine State.

Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival Cruise Line will embark with two ships from Florida in July, as part of a wider reboot in the United States this implies a total of five ships to resume navigation in July.

Horizon Carnival

Horizon Carnival will be the first ship to set sail on July 4. The ship will sail a route from Miami to Amber Cove, Half Moon Cay and Bimini. Carnival legend John Heald will be on this trip if you need more encouragement.

Passengers aboard the Carnival Horizon need to be vaccinated to navigate, although this goes against a Florida law that came into effect on July 1 that prohibits so-called vaccine passports. Carnival Cruise Line did not give details on how the cruise line will enforce the vaccine requirement.

  • First departure date: July 4, 2021
  • Home port: Miami
  • Trip duration: 6 days Eastern Caribbean
  • Itinerary: Miami, Fun Day at Sea, Amber Cove, Fun Day at Sea, Half Moon Cay, Bimini, Miami

Mardi Gras

Carnival’s newest ship, Mardi Gras, arrival in its new home port of Port Canaveral earlier this month and will embark on its maiden cruise on July 31, 2021. It will not be the first season the cruise line has planned for the largest ship in the fleet, postponing the usual maiden voyage and inaugural celebrations to a later date . This means that customers will be able to enjoy Mardi Gras earlier than expected.

Related: Carnival Cruise Line Details Mardi Gras Protocols

These guests should also be fully vaccinated. The cruise line targets at least 95% of all passengers vaccinated; the remaining 5% are intended for children and adolescents who have not yet been vaccinated.

  • First departure date: July 31, 2021
  • Home port: Port Canaveral
  • Duration: 7 days Eastern Caribbean
  • Itinerary: Port Canaveral (Orlando), 2 Fun Days At Sea, San Juan, Amber Cove, Fun Day At Sea, Nassau, Port Canaveral (Orlando)

Royal Caribbean

There has been a lot of talk about Royal Caribbean’s return to service, and the United States is one of the last places the cruise line will resume cruises.

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Freedom of the seas

Currently the company has vessels operating in Europe, Asia and the Caribbean. Departures to the United States will begin July 2 from Miami on Freedom of the seas, who finished their simulated navigation this week, for a short cruise to the Bahamas, just in time for July 4th.

  • First departure date: July 2, 2021
  • Home port: Miami
  • Trip duration: July 4th Special
  • Itinerary: Miami, Nassau, Perfect Day at CocoCay, Miami

Odyssey of the seas

The cruise line hit a roadblock when eight crew members tested positive aboard the Odyssey of the Seas last week. This prompted the company to quarantine all crew members aboard the ship. As a result, Odyssey of the Seas departures from July 3 to July 25, 2021 have been canceled.

Odyssey of the Seas’ inaugural season was plagued by cancellations. The ship was to navigate the Mediterranean from Italy; the cruise line has been canceled due to COVID. The plan was to sail to Israel; canceled due to unrest in the area; now the ship has had to deal with two cases where crew members have been infected with COVID. The first sailing with guests is now postponed to July 31 from Fort Lauderdale.

  • First departure date: July 31, 2021
  • Home port: Fort Lauderdale
  • Trip duration: 6 days in the southern Caribbean
  • Itinerary: Fort Lauderdale, Oranjestad, Aruba; Willemstad, Curaçao; Perfect day at CocoCay, Fort Lauderdale

While vaccinations are not mandatory on Royal Caribbean ships departing from Florida, the cruise line goes the extra mile to discourage unvaccinated guests.

Read: Royal Caribbean Clarifies Vaccine Policy, Including Florida Cruises

This includes multiple tests that will cost guests $ 136, some onboard events will only be accessible to vaccinated guests, SeaPass cards will be required to access lounges, shows and restaurants, My Time Dining will not be available to unvaccinated guests , and selected shows will be for vaccinated guests and others for vaccinated and unvaccinated guests.

Celebrity cruises

The first cruise line to be cleared to set sail was Celebrity Cruises. The cruise line will leave Florida in June already with Celebrity edge, which will sail on a rotating schedule of Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries from Fort Lauderdale, and Celebrity Equinox, also from Fort Lauderdale.

Celebrity Edge sailing at sea
Photo from: Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity edge

Celebrity edge seems perfectly suited to be the first ship to leave with paying guests after more than 15 months. On June 26, the ship will start departures here to Eastern and Western Caribbean destinations.

  • First departure date: June 26, 2021
  • Home port: Fort Lauderdale
  • Trip Duration: 7-Night Western Caribbean Cruise
  • Itinerary: Fort Lauderdale, Costa Maya, Mexico; Cozumel, Mexico; Nassau, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale

Celebrity Equinox

Celebrity Equinox will begin operations in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, July 25, 2021. It will offer seven-night itineraries in the Eastern and Western Caribbean, including stops in Mexico, the British Virgin Islands and Nassau in the Bahamas.

  • First departure date: July 25, 2021
  • Home port: Fort Lauderdale
  • Trip Duration: 7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise
  • Itinerary: Fort Lauderdale, Philipsburg (Saint-Martin), Tortola, Nassau, Fort Lauderdale

Celebrity Cruises are available for customers who have been fully vaccinated and customers who have not been vaccinated. The cruise line has announced that it has now changed its health requirements for Florida cruises to closely mimic those implemented aboard Royal Caribbean ships.

Read also: When will cruises resume in 2021?

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line

Another cruise line slated to sail in July is the Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, which offers 2-day itineraries aboard its Grand Classic cruise ship starting July 2. Passengers do not need to be vaccinated, but will be required to adhere to additional health and safety rules on board the ship.

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