City Welcomes New Port Call

In a long-standing tradition, the City of Key West welcomed a new cruise ship to port with an exchange of plaques. On Monday, City officials, the Navy and the Chamber of Commerce welcomed Celebrity Cruise Line’s new Edge to its new port of call.

The new luxury class ship embarked on its maiden voyage in December. Captain Dimitrios Kafetzis welcomed the local representatives on the expansive ship’s bridge with its breathtaking view of Key West from 13 stories high.

Mayor Teri Johnston and Vice Mayor Sam Kaufman presented Captain Kafetzis with an honorary plaque, and Assistant City Manager Greg Veliz gave him his first challenge coin. HTA’s Clinton Curry played a tune on a conch shell, and Chamber Board President Mike Morawski and Curry presented the captain a Conch Republic flag. Naval Air Station Key West Commander Capt. Bobby Baker and Lt. Commander Kevin Hughes welcomed Capt. Kafetzis to our waters.


In the photo: Assistant City Manager Greg Veliz, Key West Chamber of Commerce President Mike Morawski, Mayor Teri Johnston, Vice Mayor Sam Kaufman and Historic Tours of America’s Clinton Curry. The Chamber and HTA welcomed the ship with an official Conch Republic flag.

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