1st North American passenger cruise sets sail since start of pandemic

Celebrity Millennium is making history in Barbados as the first cruise ship that will set sail in North America with paying passengers since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
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We're back with a "Gma" exclusive. Taking you on board the first North American cruise ship to set sail with paying passengers since the pandemic started. Looking at the changes made to keep everyone safe, gio Benitez is on board with the details. Looking good, gio. Good morning. Reporter: Robin, good morning. Thank you. Welcome to Barbados. We've been sailing all weekend long to show you what a cruise looks like. Let's get you up in the air to get a better view from our drone cam. It's only running at 30% capacity right now. Celebrity is keeping the numbers low to start on the first sailing. There's no doubt about it, people are itching to get on the water. For the first time since the pandemic began, we're seeing what that looks like. We're taking you aboard the millennium, as the first cruise in North America since the pandemic forced a total industry wide shut down. The captain cried when passengers first boarded I don't have the words to express my feelings. It's amazing and unique. It was very emotional. Reporter: With vaccine cards in hand, the passengers are coming back after covid caused panic on the high seas. You're the first ship started out. Do you feel any pressure? A ton of pressure. Are you kidding me? Absolutely. At the same time I have a tremendous amount of confidence in what we're doing, in the protocols we have in place. Reporter: Now we're seeing the protocols firsthand. They scanned my actual vaccine card, not a picture, my negative pcr test, they have me answer a he'll questionnaire and I'm on board. All crew members and passengers are fully vaccinated. The mask is optional for passengers. The cruise line leaves some for you in the cabin. It's liberating to be able to walk around and not have to wear a mask. Reporter: While some things are different, there's still dancing. The performances are back too. And even water aerobics in the pool. Where you see the biggest change is at the most popular section, the dining hall. Self-serve buffets are no longer an option. You used to be able to serve we have extra crew train and they will serve for you. Eporter: The CDC approving celebrity to operate the cruise out of Florida. Vaccines are required. Florida governor Ron Desantis signed a law banning vaccine mandates. Cruise lines requiring vaccines could face a $5,000 fine per passenger. It's one more situation that will resolve itself. I think that right now this -- the opportunity to offer cruises for people who have had the vaccine is really important to our industry. Reporter: Back here live in Barbados we can tell you all the cruise lines say they're working with the CDC and the state of Florida to work things out, robin. Gio, they're testing passengers on board. What happens if someone tests positive during the cruise? Reporter: It is a great question, robin. They have a medical facility here on the ship. They have two doctors on board. They have 11 nurses on board as well. Basically, if someone tests positive, they'll go into an isolation cabin and start contact tracing. Barbados, all right. What's it like being on board? Reporter: Tough assignment, right, robin? It feels normal. I love to see how excited everybody is. People are truly excited to be back on water. They're quiet right now. Must have been a late night on board last night. I expected gio to come to us doing water aerobics. That was fun. Good to see everybody out there. You guys stay right there. We have our "Play of the day"

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