Carribean (re)launch pad for Crystal Symphony

Luxury line to resume 97% of its oceangoing fleet for the northern summer of 2021

Crystal will deploy its ultra-luxury ocean ship, Crystal Symphony, to St. John’s, Antigua for a series of voyages between August and December 2021.

Last month Crystal opened reservations for a new series of seven-night voyages through the Bahamas aboard Crystal Serenity. Those round-trip sailings from Nassau or Bimini will begin in early July. When the Bahama itineraries went on sale, Crystal achieved its biggest single day of bookings in the company’s history.

Just last week, Crystal confirmed a new inaugural voyage to Iceland for its first purpose-built expedition ship, Crystal Endeavor, which will now debut in mid-July.

Coupled together, Crystal Symphony’s return to sailing marks the resumption of service for 97 per cent of Crystal’s oceangoing fleet in the summer of 2021.

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10-night Luxury Caribbean Escapes

Crystal Symphony in Antigua

Spread over 15 departure dates, the 10-night Luxury Caribbean Escapes itinerary will visit Barbados, St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, St. Maarten and the British Virgin Islands. The itinerary spends overnights in St. John’s, Bridgetown and Phillipsburg, with sunset-sail-aways in Tobago, Castries and Tortola.

Crystal noted that Trinidad and Tobago calls are subject to government review with changing health and safety conditions. Further, as more islands in the Caribbean begin to open, Crystal may add additional ports to the itinerary.

“The islands of the Caribbean are a warm welcome back to travelling the world, rich in fascinating history and the kind of natural beauty that astounds even the most seasoned travellers, and St. John’s is an ideal home port to begin luxury journeys through such a paradise,” said Jack Anderson, Crystal’s Interim President and CEO.

St. Lucia

“Minister Charles Fernandez [Minister of Tourism and Investment for Antigua and Barbuda] and his team, and the local tourism businesses throughout the islands, have been working to renew travel to the islands safely and we are thrilled to partner with them to support economic growth in the region and to deliver the kind of luxuries and hospitality Crystal guests have been craving for the past year.”

Crystal Symphony will return to sailing with reduced capacity, increasing its social spaciousness.

Crystal has previously announced that guests must be fully inoculated with a COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to boarding any Crystal ship. This new requirement is in addition to existing, comprehensive Crystal Clean+ measures, including negative COVID-19 tests for both guests and crew, reduced capacity, social distancing, mask requirements and health screening questionnaires.

Reservations for the new Luxury Caribbean Escapes open on 20 April, 2021.

Lead image: Tortola, British Virgin Islands (all images courtesy of Crystal)

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