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Crystal Symphony to homeport in Antigua & Barbuda starting Aug. 5

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  •   04-12-2021  8:05 am
  •   Pax Global Media
Crystal Symphony to homeport in Antigua & Barbuda starting Aug. 5
Crystal Symphony will become the first ship to homeport in Antigua.
Pax Global Media

Crystal Cruises says its Crystal Symphony will sail a series of 15 10-night Luxury Caribbean Escapes round-trip from St. John’s, becoming the first ship to homeport in Antigua.

Beginning August 5 through December, including a holiday sailing on Dec. 23, Crystal Symphony will visit Barbados, St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago (still subject to subject to government review), St. Maarten and the British Virgin Islands.

Crystal Symphony’s return to sailing marks the resumption of service for 97 percent of Crystal’s oceangoing fleet in the summer of 2021. Reservations for the new Luxury Caribbean Escapes open on April 20, 2021.

“The islands of the Caribbean are a warm welcome back to traveling the world, rich in fascinating history and the kind of natural beauty that astounds even the most seasoned travellers, and St. John’s is an ideal home port to begin luxury journeys through such a paradise,” said Jack Anderson, Crystal’s interim president and CEO. “Minister Charles Fernandez and his team, and the local tourism businesses throughout the islands, have been working to renew travel to the islands safely and we are thrilled to partner with them to support economic growth in the region and to deliver the kind of luxuries and hospitality Crystal guests have been craving for the past year.”

Crystal was the first major North American cruise company to announced a restart, announcing in March that it would resume itineraries out of the Bahamas.

Crystal Symphony will sail a series of 15 10-night Luxury Caribbean Escapes round-trip from St. John’s.

Crystal Symphony’s Luxury Caribbean Escapes itinerary spends overnights in St. John’s, Bridgetown and Phillipsburg, with sunset-sail-aways in Tobago, Castries and Tortola.

Guests must be fully vaccinated

Designed with inherently abundant personal and social space throughout the ship, Crystal Symphony will return to sailing with reduced capacity, increasing its social spaciousness.

Crystal announced in February that guests must be fully inoculated with a COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to boarding any Crystal ship.

READ MORE: Crystal mandates proof of COVID-19 vaccination for all guests

This new requirement is in addition to existing, comprehensive Crystal Clean+ measures, including negative COVID-19 tests for both guests and crew, reduced capacity, social distancing, mask requirements and health screening questionnaires.

Booking promos

Best Available cruise fares start at $2,999 with Book Now Savings of up to $1,000 per guest and As You Wish spending credits of $200 per guest. Returning guests will enjoy double Crystal Society Savings of five percent while new to Crystal guests will save 2.5 percent.

Travellers can book their Crystal Symphony Luxury Caribbean Escapes with a reduced deposit of just 15 percent and have until 60 days prior to departure to make final payments.

Single supplements for these voyages begin at just 125 percent. Guests with Future Cruise Credits and Future Cruise Payments may redeem them on these voyages.

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