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Crystal adds Miami as port of call & embarkation for Luxury Bahamas Escapes

  • Cruises
  •   07-29-2021  8:29 am
  •   Pax Global Media
Crystal adds Miami as port of call & embarkation for Luxury Bahamas Escapes
Crystal Serenity. (Supplied)
Pax Global Media

Crystal Cruises has added Miami as a port of call and a port of embarkation for Crystal Serenity’s Luxury Bahamas Escapes voyages. 

The addition of Miami begins with the Saturday, Aug. 7 voyage from Nassau with embarkation from the Port of Miami commencing on Monday, Aug. 9. 

The seven-night round-trip Luxury Bahamas Escapes have been extended to early November and now include three ports of embarkation: Nassau on Saturdays, Bimini on Sundays, and Miami on Mondays. 

In addition, a new 4-night Luxury Bahamas Getaway sailing on Nov. 15 round-trip from Miami has been added that will visit San Salvador and Exuma while also featuring one day at sea. 

The voyages featuring Miami opened for reservations on Wednesday (July 28)

Vaccination policy adjusted 

As part of its Crystal Clean+ measures, Crystal guests 12 and over must be fully inoculated with a COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to boarding a Crystal ship. 

But due to Florida state law, Crystal will adjust this policy for the Miami port of embarkation and will highly recommend, but not require, that all guests be fully vaccinated. 

Unvaccinated guests must be pre-approved after initial waitlist, are subject to capacity control, and proof of valid travel insurance is required. 

Unvaccinated guests will need to adhere to specific protocols and further testing requirements in addition to certain restrictions during their journey, which can be found here. 

Tighter restrictions for non-vaxxed guests

Some of these restrictions for unvaccinated guests include mandatory mask requirement in all public areas except when eating and/or drinking, no access to certain public areas including specialty restaurants, lounges and night clubs, Crystal Life Spa and Crystal Life Fitness and they may not be able to go ashore at certain ports or attend gatherings onboard such as the Crystal Society party.

Dining will be assigned in a socially distanced area. Unvaccinated guests will be identified by a red bracelet while vaccinated guests will be identified by a green bracelet to assist the officers and crew in enforcing restrictions. 

"These details will also be communicated in advance and must be agreed upon as a condition of travel," Crystal said in a release. 

Jack Anderson, Crystal’s president, said the "terrific response" to the company's deployment of Crystal Serenity’s Luxury Bahamas Escapes showcases the "pent-up desire in cruising."  

"We are thrilled to have resumed cruising on July 3 in The Bahamas,” Anderson said in a statement. “By adding Port of Miami, we are giving travelers another convenient way to join these popular Bahamas cruises that provide vacation escapes both close to home and yet a world away, with amazing outdoor options from snorkelling and diving to eco-tours and deep-sea fishing, to just relaxing on some of the world’s most beautiful beaches." 

Miami calling 

For guests embarking in Nassau and Bimini, the call in Miami offers exciting options for exploring, such as Art Deco landmarks in South Beach and tasting tours in Little Havana. 

Those wishing to experience Florida’s wild side can venture 45 minutes west of Miami to Everglades National Park where airboats skim the “River of Grass” at thrilling speeds and showcase a spectacular ecosystem highlighted by great blue herons, egrets, roseate spoonbills, and the only place on the planet where gators and crocodiles exist side by side.

The Luxury Bahamas Escapes explore the “Out Islands” also knowns as the “Family Islands” with calls in Great Exuma, San Salvador and Long Island, exclusive enclaves of pristine natural beauty. 

Optional excursions offer guests the chance to experience the world-famous swimming pigs on Big Major Cay, snorkel the clear waters and colourful reefs of San Salvador and more.

Savings to be had  

Best Available fares for the Luxury Bahamas Escapes sailings start at $1,999 per guest, including $500 Book Now Savings and $500 air savings. 

Guests will receive a $125 per person As You Wish shipboard credit with Crystal Society Savings doubling to five percent; new-to-Crystal guests saving 2.5 percent; and solo fares starting at just 125 percent. Best Available fares for the Luxury Bahamas Getaway sailing start at $1,199 per guest. 

Travellers with Future Cruise Credits and Future Cruise Payments may redeem them on this itinerary. Guests will also enjoy $100 reduced deposits and an extended final payment date of 60 days prior to sailing providing flexibility and ease in the return to travel.

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