In a joint digital press convention with the Honorable Dionisio D’Aguilar, minister of tourism and aviation for the Bahamas, Crystal Cruises introduced its plans to restart cruising with new close-to-home “Bahamas Escapes” starting July 3, 2021. A collection of 16 seven-night will sail round-trip cruises from Nassau aboard Crystal Serenity. Along with its Nassau itineraries, Crystal may also provide 16 seven-night voyages round-trip from Bimini starting on July 4, 2021 (this might be Serenity‘s first cease after boarding company in Nassau, which then begins a steady loop of the islands).
Along with her new Bahamas Escapes cruises, Crystal Serenity turns into the primary ship to homeport within the Bahamas, in addition to the primary ocean ship to sail from the Americas for the reason that cruise business’s voluntary halt in operations nearly a yr in the past.
In regards to the departure ports: Nassau, Crystal says, is a hub of artwork, nightlife and historical past and is residence to 17 seashores, colourful fish and reefs, lavish resorts, straw markets and the third-largest wine cellar on this planet (constructed by infamous pirate, Howard Graysmith). Bimini, however, is a Hemingway favourite, often known as the game fishing capital of the world the place cruisers can even benefit from the resort facilities of The Seashore Membership at Bimini, a non-public island with a lagoon-style pool, hammocks, cabanas and cocktail lounge.
Along with Nassau and Bimini, Bahamas Escapes characteristic 4 Bahamian locations:
- Harbour Island, known as the Nantucket of the Caribbean attributable to its colourful New England structure and famed for its Pink Sand Seashore. The island is a former capital of the Bahamas. Visitors can even uncover Preacher’s Cave, Glass Window Bridge and Sapphire Blue Gap on North Eleuthera Island.
- Nice Exuma, the biggest of the 300-plus islands and cays of the Exumas, and residential to the well-known swimming pigs. Visitors can island-hop, snorkel reef-fringed cays, escape to secluded seashores and hidden caves, get pleasure from an ATV journey and dive clear waters.
- San Salvador Island, that includes greater than 50 dive spots and splendid seashores. Visitors can hike as much as Watling’s Fort ruins and think about French Bay from the lookout tower; additionally, they’ll go to the primary touchdown spot of Christopher Columbus, marked by a stone cross.
- Lengthy Island, an 80-mile-long island straddling the Tropic of Most cancers and identified for its white-sand seashores and luxurious greenery. Visitors can discover the geological and ecological exploration of Hamilton’s Cave and Dean’s Blue Gap and revel in a few of the bluest waters within the islands at Gordon’s Seashore.
These ports of name are topic to ultimate affirmation and enhancement and can also differ, based on the captain’s discretion attributable to climate or different circumstances.
Tip: Visitors can lengthen their cruise holidays by selecting Crystal’s Prolonged Land and Lodge Packages, which supply shoreside companions to make sure a seamless trip from ship to shore. For Crystal Serenity’s new voyages, these embrace Nassau’s SLS Baha Mar and Hilton Resorts World Bimini. Visitors can even e-book spa days, golf rounds, on line casino nights and a bunch of eating experiences.
Well being and Security Measures
Crystal introduced in February that company should be totally inoculated with a COVID-19 vaccine a minimum of 14 days previous to boarding any Crystal ship. This new requirement is along with current “Crystal Clear+ 4.0” measures, together with unfavorable COVID-19 assessments for each company and crew, lowered capability, social distancing, nimble masks coverage and well being screening questionnaires.
As well as, Crystal is providing vacationers lowered deposits and an prolonged ultimate cost date to 60 days previous to first date of service, in addition to different incentives. Visitors may also obtain a $125 per particular person shipboard credit score with Crystal Society Financial savings doubling to 5 p.c; new-to-Crystal company saving 2.5 p.c; and solo fares beginning at simply 125 p.c. The corporate’s Crystal Confidence program affords a no-money-down deposit window till April 5, 2021, with a lowered deposit of simply 15 p.c due at the moment as a part of its Straightforward Ebook program. The Bahamas Escapes cruises open for reservations on March 18, 2021; and vacationers with Future Cruise Credit and Future Cruise Funds could redeem them on these sailings.
The brand new Bahamas cruises will change Crystal Serenity’s beforehand scheduled itineraries that had been set to sail July 8 by and together with October 19, 2021. Visitors who had been booked on these voyages have the choice to switch their bookings to one of many new cruises with an relevant 115 p.c cruise credit score primarily based on cruise fare paid.
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