The Crystal Serenity set sail from the port of Nassau on Saturday, marking the first oceanic voyage for Crystal since early 2020.
The Crystal Serenity will now be its home port in the Bahamas until November for its series of cruises, with a single, all-Bahamian itinerary, according to a press release.
After more than a year of anticipation and planning, the long-awaited return to cruising was celebrated with a Homeporting groundbreaking ceremony in Nassau by Crystal executives, Bahamian government officials including the Honorable Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar and Director General Joy Jibrilu of the Bahamian Ministry. of Tourism, and dignitaries of the Port of Nassau.
Guests boarded Crystal Serenity for the first time since spring 2020 and were greeted with enthusiasm by the cheerful and enthusiastic officers, staff and crew.
A Junkanoo parade entertained guests in a vibrant Bahamian tradition of music, dancing and colorful costumes on the pier.
The ship received a water cannon salute as it left harbor with the sounds of Louis Armstrong’s signature Crystal Cruises song “What A Wonderful World” as the musical backdrop for the momentous moment.
“We are delighted to celebrate this historic day in Nassau as Crystal Serenity returns to navigation and welcomes our guests, whom we consider to be our Crystal family, back on board,” said Carmen Roig, senior vice president of marketing and communications. sales for Crystal who was in Bahamas for the festivities. “We thank the Honorable Dionisio D’Aguilar, Minister of Tourism and Aviation of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas and Director General Joy Jibrilu, Department of Tourism of the Bahamas for their partnership in helping to accomplish these special trips and for hosting warmth that Crystal received.
“This is a historic moment for Crystal, our employees, and in particular for our officers and crew and we are happy to be back where we belong, sailing the oceans of the world and creating experiences that become memories. unforgettable. We would like to thank our travel partners for their support on this long journey back to sailing and our loyal guests Crystal for standing by our side and cheering us on at this joyous time, ”said Roig.
Luxury Bahamas Escapes opened its doors to bookings to register a request in March, representing the largest day of reservations in the company’s history within 24 hours of its release, the company said.
“It is a day to remember in Nassau as we wish the enthusiastic passengers and crew aboard the Crystal Serenity a safe journey. It is a great pleasure for us to welcome Crystal Cruises back to the Bahamas after months of terrific anticipation, collaboration and planning, ”said the Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar, Minister of Tourism and Aviation of the Bahamas. “The exciting routes that await travelers will help fuel our local economy while providing an unforgettable experience for customers.”
“Our exceptional partnership with Crystal Cruises has brought a whole new experience to the market. Never have travelers had the opportunity to explore the Bahamas so much on one ship. From bustling downtown Nassau to secluded getaways to the beautiful Out Islands, ”said Joy Jibrilu, director general of the Department of Tourism. “We are confident that these special trips will prove why ‘It’s better in the Bahamas! “”
Starting with this week’s trip, the Crystal Serenity will be homeported in Nassau until November 13, 2021, with a return trip every Saturday for the Luxury Bahamas Escapes on the line. Guests will also have the option of round-trip travel from Bimini for luxury Bahamas getaways. The seven-day trips feature a unique, all-Bahamian itinerary exploring the island nation’s “Outer Islands” also known as “Family Islands” with stops at Great Exuma, San Salvador, and Long Island.