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Crystal Sets Sail for Caribbean Cruises

On hiatus for more than a year, the ships of Crystal Cruises are ready to set sail once again.  The cruise line is offering a selection of 10 day cruises, 15 in all, beginning in August of this year.  The round trip cruises from St. Maarten will visit ports of call throughout the eastern Caribbean. These cruises will join the previously announced cruises from St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda which begin on August 5.

Crystal’s 10-night Luxury Caribbean Escapes, including a holiday cruise, will explore  Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, St. Maarten, and the British Virgin Islands. Reservations for the new 15 voyages from St. Maarten open May 12, 2021. (The availability of Trinidad and Tobago is subject to local health regulations.)

As more islands in the Caribbean begin to open after pandemic restricitons, Crystal has suggested that additional ports may be added to the itinerary.  Guests and travel partners will be apprised of any changes or additions.

A new requirement of all travelers will be vaccinations for COVID-19.  Crystal pre-announced this policy in February of this year which affects all cruises in 2021.  Additionally, other safety measures including negative COVID-19 tests for both guests and crew, reduced capacity, social distancing, mask requirements and health screening questionnaires.

Designed with abundant personal and social space throughout the ship, Crystal Symphony will feature reduced capacity, increasing its social spaciousness even more. The cruise line welcomes guests with spacious staterooms, suites and social areas and to an experience that is hallmarked by abundant choices for activities and enrichment; elegant surroundings and amenities; and personalized service.

The addition of Crystal Symphony’s itineraries to the already announced Crystal Serenity’s calendar in the Bahamas, and the Crystal Endeavor’s Iceland itineraries marks a return to more normal levels of Crystal’s fleet usage.