Schlagwort: Crystal Symphony

Crystal Cruises Announces New Luxury Bermuda Escapes for Crystal Symphony

First Cruise Ship to Sail from Boston and New York Since Industry Pause

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Seven-night cruises depart round-trip from Boston beginning on August 22 and New York beginning September 24

Today, Crystal Cruises announced that Crystal Symphony will re-deploy to sail from U.S. homeports in Boston and New York for its new Luxury Bermuda Escapes, a series of seven-night voyages to Bermuda beginning in August. The first four voyages will depart round-trip from Flynn Cruiseport Boston beginning on August 22, 2021, featuring Sunday-to-Sunday itineraries, followed by nine voyages set to depart round-trip from New York’s Manhattan Cruise Terminal beginning on September 24, 2021, featuring Friday-to-Friday itineraries.

When Crystal Symphony sets sail in August with reduced capacity, all guests and crew will be vaccinated as a requirement of the company’s Crystal Clean+ protocols, a set of measures established in response to COVID-19. Additionally, Crystal’s guests and crew will follow all local health guidelines and protocols when visiting Bermuda. 

Crystal Symphony’s Luxury Bermuda Escapes will feature two full days and two nights in Bermuda with the opportunity for travelers to enjoy the service and amenities of luxury cruise travel close to home. These new voyages will replace Crystal Symphony’s previously scheduled 10-night voyages round-trip Antigua and St. Maarten.

“As the entire travel industry emerges from the restrictions of the global pandemic, flexibility has been key in re-establishing meaningful experiences for travelers. For cruising, in particular, the recent positive developments of ships sailing from U.S. ports have prompted U.S. travelers to show an increased preference for more direct access to luxury cruise options closer to home,” said Jack Anderson, Crystal’s president. “The Luxury Bermuda Escapes out of Boston and New York are a perfect fit, allowing us to welcome guests back on board to enjoy the service and amenities of the World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line. Guests can enjoy a gorgeous destination famous for its pink sand beaches, turquoise seas, historic harbors and UNESCO World Heritage sites, paired with the ease and convenience of departing from these well-connected travel hubs both for those driving to the pier or those flying into the cities.”

“We are delighted to welcome Crystal Symphony’s guests to Bermuda’s 21-square miles of beautiful open spaces and pink sand beaches and invite them to relax and enjoy all the culture, adventure and fun we have to offer knowing that stringent protocols ensure them a healthy, safe and pleasurable experience,” said Bermuda’s Minister of Transport, The Hon. Lawrence Scott, JP, MP.

“We look forward to welcoming cruise passengers back to Flynn Cruiseport Boston this summer and providing an opportunity for New England residents and others to experience Bermuda,” said Massport Port Director Michael Meyran. “Pre-pandemic, the Cruiseport served more than 400,000 passengers aboard 20 major cruise lines and generated $100 million to the local economy. Massport and Crystal Cruises are actively working on a port agreement that will align with local and state public health authorities, as well as meet all the necessary CDC protocols.”

“Ports America is extremely pleased to welcome Crystal Symphony back to New York City as her homeport,” said Steve Loevsky, vice president, Cruise Ports America. “We have had a long-standing partnership with Crystal Cruises for many decades serving their vessels at Manhattan Cruise Terminal and throughout many ports in the U.S. and we look forward to a successful return this fall.”

According to Anderson, the line unfortunately had to cancel Crystal Symphony’s Caribbean voyages this year due to the redeployment. “We would like to thank our friends in Antigua, St. Maarten and the Caribbean for their partnership as well as their understanding as we make this change,” Anderson said. “We look forward to calling on these wonderful destinations, as we always have, in future deployments.”

In Bermuda, Crystal Symphony will call into the Royal Naval Dockyard, a British stronghold for more than 150 years, now home to historic architecture, shopping, galleries, restaurants, and more. The crystal-clear waters of Bermuda offer endless adventures including reefs and shipwrecks for snorkeling and diving, sport fishing, sailing, kayaking, and more. Whether exploring the centuries-old brick streets in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of St. George, biking the scenic Bermuda Railway Trail for cross-island sightseeing or visiting the spectacular Crystal Caves, guests will encounter endless wonders and stunning natural beauty.

Designed with inherently abundant personal and social space throughout the ship, Crystal Symphony will also return to sailing with reduced capacity, increasing its social spaciousness even more. As the eagerly anticipated return to cruising approaches, Crystal is excited to welcome its guests home to a luxurious shipboard experience punctuated by spacious guest staterooms, suites and social areas; diverse and engaging choices for activities and enrichment; elegant surroundings and amenities; and, most importantly, the genuine, personalized service provided by Crystal’s celebrated crew.

In addition to the ease and convenience of departing from a U.S. home port, Crystal is enticing travelers with compelling savings, reduced deposits, and an extended final payment date to 60 days prior to first date of service, as well as other incentives. Best Available cruise fares for the new Luxury Bermuda Escapes cruises start at $1,999 per guest, including $1,000 Book Now Savings. Guests will also enjoy reduced deposits of just $100 per passenger; $125 As You Wish shipboard credit per passenger; Crystal Society Savings doubling to five percent; new-to-Crystal guests saving 2.5 percent; and solo fares starting at just 125 percent. Travelers with Future Cruise Credits and Future Cruise Payments may redeem them on these sailings. 

A leader in unrivaled luxury cruising for 30 years, Crystal Cruises distinguishes its ships and its voyages with fine details and nuances that make a big impact for discerning travelers. All-inclusive experience with award-winning entertainment; diverse enrichment options; globally-inspired dining, including Nobu Matsuhisa’s only seagoing restaurants; unlimited pours of fine wines, beers and premium spirits and an unwavering standard of genuine, personal service for each guest underscores the Crystal difference. 

Text: PM Crystal Cruises

Kreuzfahrtschiff „Crystal Symphony“ wird vor erstem Karibikeinsatz auf Lloyd Werft überholt

Auf der Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven traf jetzt das Kreuzfahrtschiff Crystal Symphony für einen rund 14-tägigen Werftaufenthalt ein. Das Schiff lag die letzten Monate beschäftigungslos in Südostasien auf, und nahm am 25. Mai von Malaysia Kurs auf Nordeuropa. Nach der Passage des Suez-Kanals und eines Bunkerstopps in Limassol auf Zypern, machte das Kreuzfahrtschiff am Donnerstag im Kaiserdock II der Werft fest. Wie Friedrich Norden, Prokurist der Lloyd Werft auf Anfrage erklärte geht es bei diesem Auftrag vor allem um typische Wartungs- und Klassearbeiten mit dem Hauptaugenmerk auf das Unterwasserschiff, da es hier durch die lange Liegezeit wohl zu einem verstärkten Algenbewuchs gekommen ist. Größere Umbauarbeiten im Gästebereich stehen nach Auskunft von Norden an dem Kreuzfahrtschiff zunächst nicht an.

Nach Abschluss der Wartungsarbeiten wird das 848 Passagiere fassende Luxus-Kreuzfahrtschiff vermutlich noch ein paar Tage an der Pier der Werft liegen blieben, bis es dann Mitte Juli von der Seestadt in Richtung Karibik geht. Von St. Maarten wird Crystal Cruises ab Anfang August wieder mit den ersten regulären Kreuzfahrten starten. Die Crystal Symphony wird dabei aber mit einer reduzierten Passagierkapazität verkehren. Schon im Frühjahr gab Crystal bekannt, dass Gäste mindestens 14 Tage vor Beginn der Reise vollständig mit einem COVID-19-Impfstoff geimpft sein müssen. Diese Anforderung gilt zusätzlich zu den bestehenden, umfassenden Crystal Maßnahmen, einschließlich negativen COVID-19-Tests für Gäste und Besatzung, reduzierte Kapazität, soziale Distanzierung, Maskenpflicht und Fragebögen zur Gesundheitsvorsorge.

Die 1995 in Finnland erbaute Crystal Symphony ist bei der Lloyd Werft keine Unbekannte, dort wurde das 238 Meter lange Kreuzfahrtschiff im Herbst 2017 zuletzt für mehrere Millionen Euro umfangreich umgebaut. Dabei handelte es sich seinerzeit um den ersten direkten konzerninternen Auftrag der beiden zur Genting-Gruppe, Hong Kong, gehörenden Unternehmen Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven und Crystal Cruises. Bekanntlich gehört die Lloyd Werft seit 2016 zu 100 % zur Genting-Gruppe, bereits ein Jahr zuvor übernahm Genting die amerikanische Luxusreederei mit zwei Hochseekreuzfahrtschiffen von der japanischen Reederei Nippon Yusen Kaisha.

Wie Norden weiter erklärte stehen aktuell keine weiteren festen Buchungen von Wartungsarbeiten von Kreuzfahrtschiffen im Auftragsbuch, wobei es schon diverse Anfragen hierzu gibt. Als nächstes erwartet die Lloyd Werft das deutsche Polar-Forschungseisbrecher Polarstern des AWI am kommenden Montag (28.06.) aus der Arktis zurück, der anschließend für rund fünf Montage im Kaiserdock I überholt wird. Fünf Monate sind für den Werftaufenthalt eingeplant, wesentlich länger als üblich. Einer der größten Aufträge dabei ist die Erneuerung der elektrischen Leitungen auf dem mittlerweile fast 40 Jahre alten Schiff. Mit diesem Auftrag ist die Lloyd Werft zumindest in den nächsten Monaten gut ausgelastet.

Wie es danach mit der Werft und den rund 300 Mitarbeitern und die 42 Auszubildenden weiter geht, ist weiterhin ungewiss, denn der Eigner der Werft, die Genting-Gruppe hatte im Winter erklärt die Werft zum Jahresende zu schließen. Interesse an einer Übernahme der Werft hatte schon mehrfach die Rönner-Gruppe aus Bremerhaven betont. ChEck

Crystal Symphony’s New Luxury Caribbean Escapes Now Open for Reservations

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The award-winning ship will homeport in St. John’s, Antigua for the 10-night island voyages

Luxury travelers now have more choices as they plan to explore again, as reservations open today for Crystal Symphony’s 10-night Luxury Caribbean Escapes embarking August 5 through December, including a holiday cruise. The 15 consecutive voyages will sail round-trip from the home port of St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda on journeys highlighting the tropical allure of Barbados, St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago*, St. Maarten and British Virgin Islands. The itineraries, together with the recently announced Luxury Iceland Expeditions aboard Crystal Endeavor and Luxury Bahamas Escapes aboard Crystal Serenity, comprise the resumption of service of 97 percent of Crystal’s oceangoing fleet.

Highlights of Crystal Symphony’s Caribbean season** will offer travelers seeking to immerse themselves in the warm hospitality and ease of island life a bevy of choices, enhanced by Crystal’s own celebrated luxury and personalized service. A blend of outdoor adventure, blissful beach days, UNESCO World Heritage Sites of great historical significance, fresh island cuisine and spirits and plenty of pursuits in the turquoise waters of the destinations are all on offer.

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. Travelers 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.

Designed with inherently abundant personal and social space throughout the ship, Crystal Symphony will return to sailing with reduced capacity, increasing its social spaciousness even more, with the onboard Crystal Family welcoming guests’ home, with an experience that is punctuated by spacious guest staterooms and suites and social areas; abundant choices for activities and enrichment; elegant surroundings and amenities; and most importantly, the genuine, personalized service provided by Crystal’s celebrated crew.

A leader in unrivaled luxury cruising for 30 years, Crystal Cruises distinguishes its ships and its voyages with fine details and nuances that make a big impact for discerning travelers. All-inclusive experience with award-winning entertainment; diverse enrichment options; globally inspired dining, including Nobu Matsuhisa’s only seagoing restaurants; unlimited pours of fine wines, beers and premium spirits and an unwavering standard of genuine, personal service for each guest underscores the Crystal difference.

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. This 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.

*Trinidad and Tobago is subject to government review with changing health and safety conditions. 

**As more islands in the Caribbean begin to open, Crystal may add additional ports to the itinerary and will inform its guests and travel partners of any changes.

Text: PM Crystal Cruises