Marks first time sailing from US since cruise pause
By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva
Great news for New Yorkers and Bostonians! You won’t have to go far to hop on the chic Crystal Symphony if you feel like taking a cruise this summer. The ship will be sailing out of both cities starting August and September respectively.
She will do a series of seven-night voyages beginning August 22 from Flynn Cruiseport in Boston
Then on September 14 Symphony will make round-trip voyages from Manhattan Cruise Terminal to Bermuda. Part of its’ Luxury Bermuda Escapes, Symphony will spent two full days and nights on the island. FYI; these cruises replace the formerly scheduled 10-night voyages from Antigua to St. Maarten.
Crystal Symphony will follow CDC protocols which means a few passengers and fully-vaccinated crew and passengers.
“As the entire travel industry emerges from the restrictions of the global pandemic, flexibility has been key in re-establishing meaningful experiences for travelers. For cruising, in particular, the recent positive developments of ships sailing from U.S. ports have prompted U.S. travelers to show an increased preference for more direct access to luxury cruise options closer to home,” said Jack Anderson, Crystal’s president.
“We are delighted to welcome Crystal Symphony’s guests to Bermuda’s 21-square miles of beautiful open spaces and pink sand beaches. And, we invite them to relax and enjoy all the culture, adventure and fun we have to offer,” says Bermuda’s Minister of Transport, The Hon. Lawrence Scott, JP, MP.
And in Boston, Massport port director Michael Meyran also welcomes the return of cruise ships. “Pre-pandemic, the Cruiseport served more than 400,000 passengers aboard 20 major cruise lines and generated $100 million to 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 the necessary CDC protocols.”
Meanwhile in the Big Apple
“Ports America is extremely pleased to welcome Crystal Symphony back to New York City as her homeport,” said Steve Loevsky, vice president, Cruise Ports America. “We have had a long-standing partnership with Crystal Cruises for many decades serving their vessels at Manhattan Cruise Terminal and throughout many ports in the U.S. and we look forward to a successful return this fall.”
Anderson apologizes for the cancelation of Crystal’s Caribbean cruises. “We would like to thank our friends in Antigua, St. Maarten and the Caribbean. “We look forward to calling on these wonderful destinations, as we always have, in future deployments.”
Crystal Cruises personifies luxury. Accommodations and public areas are exquisite. The food is always divine. And, the service exceptional with a never say ‘no’ policy. What’s more fares are inclusive of tips, WiFi, all beverages and butlers in Penthouse suites
Bookings are open at Pavlus Travel (800-528-9300).