Celebrity Cruises is joining the list of major cruise lines planning to restart operations in Europe in the coming months.

The Miami-based brand on Thursday announced it would resume Eastern Mediterranean sailings in June with a single ship sailing out of Athens, Greece.

Celebrity said its newest vessel, the 2,900-passenger Celebrity Apex, would offer two seven-night itineraries out of Athens starting on June 19:

  • A Greek Islands and Cyprus itinerary that features stops in the Greek islands of Rhodes, Mykonos and Santorini as well as Cyprus.
  • A Greek Islands and Israel itinerary that features stops in the Greek islands of Rhodes and Santorini, plus a stop in Haifa, Israel, that allows for a visit to Tel-Aviv or Jerusalem.

Celebrity said the trips would be open to travelers from any country, including the United States. A very limited amount of cruising has restarted in parts of Europe in recent months. But until now, it’s been restricted to locals residents from selected European countries. Read more