Crystal Cruises has announced that Crystal Symphony will redeploy to sail from US homeports in Boston and New York for its new Luxury Bermuda Escapes, a series of seven-night trips to Bermuda starting in August.
The first four journeys will depart and return from Flynn Cruiseport Boston starting August 22, 2021, with itineraries from Sunday to Sunday, followed by nine round trips departing from the Manhattan Cruise Terminal in New York starting September 24, 2021, with itineraries from Friday to Friday.
When Crystal Symphony sets sail in August with reduced capacity, all guests and crew will be vaccinated as a requirement of the company’s Crystal Clean + protocols, a set of measures established in response to COVID-19. Additionally, Crystal’s guests and crew will follow all local health guidelines and protocols when visiting Bermuda.
Crystal Symphony’s Luxury Bermuda Escapes will offer two full days and two nights in Bermuda with the opportunity for travelers to enjoy the service and amenities of a luxury cruise close to home. These new trips will replace the previous 10-night round trip trips to Antigua and St. Maarten scheduled by Crystal Symphony.
“As the entire travel industry emerges from the restrictions of the global pandemic, flexibility has been key to re-establishing meaningful experiences for travelers. For cruising in particular, recent positive developments in ships sailing from US ports have prompted US travelers to show a greater preference for more direct access to the luxury cruise options closer to home, “he said. Jack Anderson, the president of Crystal.
“The Luxury Bermuda Escapes from Boston and New York are a perfect solution, allowing us to welcome guests back on board to enjoy the service and amenities of the world’s most award-winning luxury cruise company. Guests can enjoy a beautiful destination famous for its pink sand beaches, turquoise sea, historic harbors and UNESCO World Heritage sites, along with the ease and convenience of departing from these well-connected travel hubs both for those who drive to the dock or fly into the cities. “
“We are delighted to welcome Crystal Symphony guests to Bermuda’s 21 square miles of beautiful open spaces and pink sand beaches and invite them to relax and enjoy all the culture, adventure and fun we have to offer knowing that strict protocols they ensure them a healthy, safe and enjoyable experience, “he said Transport Minister of Bermuda, Hon. Lawrence Scott, JP, MP.
“We look forward to welcoming cruise passengers back to Flynn Cruiseport Boston this summer and providing an opportunity for New Englanders and others to experience Bermuda,” he said. Massport Port Director Michael Meyran.
“Pre-pandemic, Cruiseport served more than 400,000 passengers aboard 20 major cruise lines and generated $ 100 million for the local economy. Massport and Crystal Cruises are actively working on a port agreement that will align with local and state public health authorities, as well as meet all necessary CDC protocols ”.
“Ports America is extremely pleased to welcome Crystal Symphony back to New York City as its home port,” he said. Steve Loevsky, Vice President, Cruise Ports America.
“We have had a longstanding partnership with Crystal Cruises for many decades serving their ships at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal and many US ports and look forward to a successful return this fall.”
According to Anderson, the line unfortunately had to cancel Crystal Symphony’s Caribbean trips this year due to the redeployment. “We would like to thank our friends in Antigua, St. Maarten and the Caribbean for their cooperation and understanding as we make this change,” said Anderson.
“We look forward to calling on these wonderful destinations, as we always have, in future deployments.”
In Bermuda, Crystal Symphony will make a stop at the Royal Naval Dockyard, a British stronghold for over 150 years, now home to historic architecture, shops, galleries, restaurants and more. The crystal clear waters of Bermuda offer endless adventures including coral reefs and wrecks for snorkeling and diving, sport fishing, sailing, kayaking and more. Whether you explore the centuries-old brick streets at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of St. George, cycle the scenic Bermuda Rail Trail to tour the island, or visit the spectacular Crystal Caves, guests they will encounter infinite wonders and extraordinary natural beauty.
Designed with inherently abundant personal and social space throughout the ship, Crystal Symphony will also return to sailing with a reduced capacity, increasing its social spaciousness even further. As her long-awaited return to cruise approaches, Crystal is thrilled to welcome her guests home for a luxurious experience aboard the ship punctuated by spacious guest cabins, suites and social areas; diverse and engaging choices for activities and enrichment; elegant environments and services; and above all, the genuine and personalized service provided by Crystal’s celebrated crew.
In addition to the ease and convenience of departing from a U.S. departure port, Crystal is enticing travelers with compelling savings, reduced deposits, and an extended final payment date of 60 days prior to the first service date, as well as other incentives. Best available cruise rates on new Luxury Bermuda Escapes cruises start at $ 1,999 per guest, including $ 1,000 Book Now savings. Guests will also enjoy reduced deposits of just $ 100 per passenger; $ 125 onboard credit as you wish per passenger; Crystal Society Savings doubled to five percent; new Crystal guests save 2.5%; and single fares from just 125 percent. Travelers with Future Cruise Credits and Future Cruise Payments can redeem them on these cruises.
A leader in unrivaled luxury cruises for 30 years, Crystal Cruises sets its ships and voyages apart with details and nuances that make a big impact for the discerning traveler. All-inclusive experience with award-winning entertainment; various enrichment options; globally inspired restaurants, including Nobu Matsuhisa’s only seaside restaurants; Unlimited pouring of fine wines, beers and spirits and an unwavering standard of genuine and personal service for each guest underlines the Crystal difference.