The first ship (from a major cruise line) to sail to America since the industry was shut down a year ago is the 1064-passenger Crystal Serenity from the luxury company Crystal Cruises.

Of the 3. July 2021, Serenity offers a 16-week itinerary with seven overnight itineraries in The Bahamas alone, with the option of a roundtrip from Nassau or Bimini. The ship departs Nassau on Saturday and Bimini on Sunday and can accommodate up to 900 people on board.

Cristal Serenity

Although the Bahamas is a major cruise destination – with 5.4 million visitors in 2019 – Crystal’s announcement also marks the first time a ship from a major cruise line will dock in the island nation.

It is an exciting day for a cruise

This is an exciting day for cruises, for the Bahamas, for Crystal Cruises and for all those who miss rewarding voyages, said Jack Anderson, acting president and CEO of Crystal Cruises.

The seven-day itinerary includes stops in Grand Exuma, San Salvador, Long Island and Harbor Island, in addition to Nassau and Bimini. Excursions can be supplemented with pre- or post-cruise accommodation at the SLS Baha Mar resort in Nassau and the World Bimini Bahamas Resorts, both owned by Crystal Cruises’ parent company, the Genting Group.

As Crystal announced a few weeks ago, all guests must be vaccinated at least two weeks in advance before being allowed to board. To meet the requirements for entry into The Bahamas, clients must also provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within five days prior to travel.

Nassau Harbour Lighthouse

All passengers must be vaccinated

During the virtual press conference, Anderson said that a survey of former Crystal customers showed that 80 percent would not feel comfortable traveling without being vaccinated, and that we based our decision on that.

The cruise line official added that its sister company, Dream Cruises, has been operating successfully in Taiwan and Singapore for more than seven months without any incident on board.

We can offer these cruises with mutual confidence because of the careful planning and health and safety protocols that Crystal Cruises and The Bahamas have developed, Mr. Anderson said. All routes to the Bahamas allow us to sail without risk of border closures and allow our North American guests to sail as close to home as possible.

Dionisio D’Aguilar, the Bahamas’ minister of tourism and aviation, says the cruise program will provide an injection of optimism – and revenue – to a nation that depends on tourism and has been hit hard by more than 12 months of sharp declines in visitor numbers.

After a year of despair, a moment of triumph

After a year of uncertainty, despair and doubt, we will remember this moment as a milestone. Almost a year of planning has brought us to this moment of triumph.

The Bahamas cruise will visit a number of places where the largest maritime visitors have been private yachts. They are used to tourists, but not in large numbers. But Minister D’Aguilar says Crystal’s guests will receive a warm welcome in the Bahamas. We are confident that these visits will be well received.

Exumas (photo courtesy of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism)

The Crystal Serenity is a luxury ship that offers more public space per passenger than almost any other cruise ship at sea. Thirty percent of the rooms are butler service rooms and 80 percent are private verandas. There are a dozen restaurants aboard the ship, including the only restaurant at sea owned by celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa.

Prices for the cruise start at $1,999 per person. You can choose from four categories of accommodation: Sea view, veranda, penthouse and penthouse suite. Crystal Society members – former passengers of the line – get a double 5% discount, while first-time Crystal cruisers get a 2.5% discount. Travellers are welcome from 125% of the rate for two people.

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frequently asked questions

Is July a good time for a cruise to the Bahamas?

If you want to avoid noisy ships and crowded ports, the best time to visit the Bahamas is between mid-April and mid-May, before the start of hurricane season in June, and just after Labor Day until mid-November. (Historically, August and September are the most active months of hurricane season).

Will cruise ships open in July?

Cruises resume at 1. July 2020. Cruise Line was among the first to announce a voluntary cessation of operations from 12. March 2020 announced. Update: The cruise line has now cancelled a number of cruises through the end of summer and into the fall of 2020.

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