Crystal Cruises has resumed its ocean cruise operation, with Crystal Serenity setting sail from the Port of Nassau on its week-long Luxury Bahamas Escapes voyage exploring the islands. Crystal Serenity will now homeport in the Bahamas for four months.
After more than a year of anticipation and planning, the long-awaited return to cruising was celebrated with a Homeporting Inauguration Ceremony in Nassau by Crystal executives, Bahamian government officials and dignitaries from the Port of Nassau.
Guests boarded Crystal Serenity for the first time since spring of 2020 and were welcomed back by officers, staff and crew of Crystal’s flagship. A Junkanoo parade entertained guests in a lively Bahamian tradition of music, dancing and colourful costumes at the pier. The ship received a water cannon salute as she left the harbour with the sounds of Crystal Cruises’ signature sail away song “What A Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong as the musical backdrop for this milestone moment.
“We are delighted to celebrate this historic day in Nassau as Crystal Serenity resumes sailing and welcomes our guests, who we consider our Crystal Family, back on board,” said Carmen Roig, Senior Vice President of marketing and sales for Crystal.
“This is a historic moment for Crystal, our employees, and especially for our officers and crew and we are happy to be back where we belong, sailing the oceans of the world and creating experiences that become cherished lifelong memories. We want to thank our travel partners for their support during this long journey back to sailing and our loyal Crystal guests for standing with us and cheering us on to this joyful moment,” Roig remarked.
She described the partnership with the Bahamian Government as “beyond belief” and lauded the way in which the country had embraced Crystal.
“The last 17 months for all of our lives, the industry has been devastated. It’s been brought to its knees. My office overlooks PortMiami and it’s supposed to be Cruise Capital of the World and yet there are ships sitting idle. So many people lost their jobs. In 40 years, I would’ve never believed that this could happen. But it did,” Roig said.
“But here we are today in a totally different moment in time. A time that we will seize.”
“The Bahamas has been an amazing partner with us, has fulfilled this dream we did not believe that we could sail.
“Working with the ministry of tourism, closely, aligned, has allowed us to arrive at this moment,” Roig added.
Crystal Serenity will homeport in Nassau through 13 November 2021, departing round-trip every Saturday for the line’s Luxury Bahamas Escapes. Guests will also have the option of sailing round-trip from Bimini for Luxury Bahamas Escapes. The seven-day voyages exploring the island nation’s “Out Islands” with calls in Great Exuma, San Salvador and Long Island.
Lead image: Captain Birger Vorland, Crystal Serenity; Carmen Roig, SVP Marketing and Sales, Crystal; Joy Jibrilu, Director General, The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism; Scott Peterson, Hotel Director, Crystal Serenity | Credit: Kemuel Stubbs