Due to the fluid health environment, Celebrity Cruises has delayed the return of Celebrity Eclipse from Los Angeles on March 26. The ship will now resume voyages from Vancouver, Canada in late April.
In a letter to booked guests, the operator said, “Celebrity Cruises has been working closely with health and government authorities, in each country we sail from, to continuously evaluate our operational plans and ship itineraries.”
It continued, “As a result, we will be suspending four Celebrity Eclipse sailings departing March 26, 2022 through April 16, 2022.”
Sailings impacted are the March 26, April 2, April 9, and April 16 voyages.
Eclipse will now make its debut from Vancouver, first sailing two one-way Hawaii voyages before kicking off the 2022 Alaska cruise season on May 15, 2022.
The first seven-night Alaska cruise will call on Sitka, Ketchikan, Juneau, and Hubbard Glacier.
In March 2021, Eclipse underwent a drydock for technical enhancements and received the new dark blue livery. Eclipse will join sister ship Celebrity Solstice and Celebrity Millennium in Alaska in 2022.
What some are calling a step backward, the omicron variant has caused multiple cruise operators to cancel voyages and change itineraries over the past few weeks.
Most recently, Norwegian Cruise Line has canceled sailings on 12 ships. Last week, Norwegian Gem had to skip a handful of ports and return to New York City in what the line called “COVID-related circumstances.”
Over the weekend, the CDC let its Conditional Sailing Order expire and moved it to a voluntary opt-in program. If lines decide to opt into the program, they will still be monitored for COVID by the health agency.
Celebrity had the first major ship return to sailing from the U.S. in June 2021, when Celebrity Edge sailed a seven-night voyage to the Western Caribbean from Florida. That same month, the line also restarted voyages aboard Celebrity Apex in Greece and Celebrity Millennium from St. Maarten.