Crystal Cruises officially resumed its ocean cruise operations on July 3 as Crystal Serenity set sail from the Port of Nassau on her Luxury Bahamas Escapes – a seven-night voyage exploring the islands of The Bahamas.
Crystal Serenity will now homeport in The Bahamas until November 13 for a series of Luxury Bahamas Escapes cruises, featuring a unique all-Bahamian itinerary.
Celebrating the long-awaited return to cruising was a homeporting inauguration ceremony in Nassau, which was attended by Crystal executives, Bahamian government officials, including the Honourable Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar and director general, Joy Jibrilu, from The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, as well as dignitaries from the Port of Nassau.
Guests boarded Crystal Serenity for the first time since the 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 it 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.
Senior vice president of marketing and sales, Crystal Cruises, Carmen Roig remarked on the occasion: “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. We thank the Honourable Dionisio D’Aguilar, Minister of Tourism & Aviation for The Commonwealth of The Bahamas and director general, Joy Jibrilu, The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism for their partnership in helping to accomplish these special voyages and for the warm welcome Crystal has received.”
Roig continued: “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.”
Luxury Bahamas Escapes opened for reservations to record demand in March, representing the biggest single day of bookings in the company’s history within the first 24 hours of its release.
In order for guests to feel safe and secure during their cruises, Crystal Cruises has implemented new Crystal Clean+ protocols. Measures include mandatory vaccination for guests and crew, COVID-19 testing at embarkation and more.