Both of Crystal’s ocean ships will return to service this summer with the announcement that the Crystal Symphony will homeport in Antigua and Barbuda beginning in AUG.
The ultra-luxury cruise line says the Symphony will sail 15, 10-night sailings round trip from St. John’s through DEC.
It’s the first ship ever to homeport in Antigua. The itineraries will visit Barbados, St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago*, St. Maarten and the British Virgin Islands. Guests have overnights in St. John’s, Bridgetown and Phillipsburg, and sunset-sail-aways in Tobago, Castries and Tortola.
Jack Anderson, Crystal’s interim president and CEO, says Crystal Symphony’s return to sailing marks the resumption of service for 97 percent of Crystal’s oceangoing fleet in the summer of 2021. “Crystal Symphony’s new itinerary, combined with Crystal Serenity’s Luxury Bahamas Escapes and (the new expedition ship) Crystal Endeavor’s Luxury Iceland Expeditions will mean that nearly all of our Ocean crew members will return to work very soon and we know they are as excited about returning to the seas as our guests.”
Crystal Symphony will return to sailing with reduced capacity, increasing its social spaciousness even more, part of the company’s Crystal Clean+ measures, including negative COVID-19 tests for both guests and crew, mask requirements and health screening questionnaires. In addition, as previously announced, all adult guests must be fully inoculated with a COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to boarding any Crystal ship.
Best Available cruise fares start at USD $2,999 with Book Now Savings of up to $1,000 per guest and As You Wish spending credits of $200 per guest. Returning guests will enjoy double Crystal Society Savings of five percent while new to Crystal guests will save 2.5 percent. Travelers can book their Crystal Symphony Luxury Caribbean Escapes with a reduced deposit of just 15 percent and have until 60 days prior to departure to make final payments. Single supplements for these voyages begin at just 125 percent. Guests with Future Cruise Credits and Future Cruise Payments may redeem them on these voyages.
“These voyages are wonderful opportunities for our valued travel partners, as well, as they help their clients plan the luxury vacations they’ve been missing. This return to traveling the world is one we have all looked forward to, and Crystal’s ships offer more luxury options for discerning travelers, plus greater incentives for travel advisors.” Anderson said.
Reservations for the sailings open 20APR, and Crystal says there will be “plentiful air options from most major U.S. cities.”