Crystal Announces New Bahamas Cruises for July 2021
Crystal Cruises today announced the line’s official plans to resume cruising with new Bahamas Escapes itineraries. The sailings are slated to begin July 3, 2021, with a series of 16 seven-night, round-trip cruises from Nassau on the Crystal Serenity. In addition to these Nassau sailings, Crystal will also offer 16 seven-night voyages round-trip from Bimini beginning on July 4, 2021.
These new cruises on the Crystal Serenity make it the first ship in North America to go back into service since the industry pause nearly one year ago.
“Like our guests, we have been eagerly looking forward to the day we can welcome them back on board, and we’re thrilled that this day will come in The Bahamas,” said Jack Anderson, Crystal’s interim president and CEO. “The new Bahamas Escapes cruises will allow travelers to enjoy luxury cruising now, as well as bring much-needed benefits to the local workforce, airlines, restaurants, retailers and hotels for pre-and post-cruise stays. The launch of these cruises will also drive economic growth to The Bahamas, which, like other destinations around the world, has been negatively affected by the global pandemic.”
Departing from either Nassau or Bimini, the Bahamas Escapes on the Crystal Serenity feature four idyllic Bahamian ports of call:
- Harbour Island - Called the ‘Nantucket of the Caribbean’ with its colorful New England architecture and famed for its Pink Sand Beach.
- Great Exuma - The largest of the 300+ islands and cays of the Exumas, home to waters so stunning they can be seen from outer space and the famous swimming pigs.
- San Salvador Island - A beautiful island featuring more than 50 dive spots and splendid beaches.
- Long Island - An 80-mile-long island straddling the Tropic of Cancer and known for its white-sand beaches, technicolor waters, and lush greenery.
According to the official announcement from Crystal, Crystal Serenity will return to sailing with reduced capacity, offering guests a passenger space ratio that is twice that of contemporary cruise lines and allows for the best social distancing aboard any cruise ship. As of February 18, all guests traveling with Crystal must be fully inoculated with a COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to boarding any Crystal ship. This requirement is in addition to existing, comprehensive Crystal Clean+ 4.0 measures which include negative COVID-19 tests for both guests and crew, reduced capacity, social distancing, a mask policy, and a health screening questionnaire.