Crystal Cruises announced that its Crystal Symphony would sail a series of 15 ten-night "Luxury Caribbean Escapes" leaving roundtrip out of St John’s Antigua, becoming the first vessel ever to homeport in Antigua.
From August 5 through December 2021, including a holiday trip on December 23, the cruise ship will visit the island locales of Barbados, Snt Lucia, Trinidad, Snt Maarten, and BVI-British Virgin Islands, offering travelers ample wide-open spaces and tropical luxuries to discover the local cultures with a wealth of air options from major U.S. cities.
The return to sailing of Crystal Symphony marks the resumption of service for 97% of Crystal’s oceangoing fleet in the 2021 summer.
The Luxury Caribbean Escapes take guests to the most celebrated destinations in the Caribbean. The itinerary spends overnights in Bridgetown (Barbados), Philipsburg (St Maarten Island, Dutch Antilles), and St. John’s, with sunset-sail-aways in Castries (St Lucia Island), Tortola Island (Road Town, BVI), and Trinidad (Port-of-Spain).
Crystal Symphony will be sailing with reduced capacity, increasing social spaciousness. Crystal Cruises announced in February that passengers must be fully inoculated with a COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before boarding any Crystal vessel. The new requirement is in addition to comprehensive Crystal Clean+ measures, such as a negative COVID-19 test for both crew and guests, reduced capacity, mask requirements, social distancing, health screening questionnaires.