Today, Crystal Cruises announced it has partnered with over 30 local Bahamian operators who will work alongside Crystal to offer a local experience to guests on its Luxury Bahamas Escapes voyages. The voyages will depart from Nassau beginning July 3, 2021, and Bimini starting on July 4, 2021, and will directly contribute to the regional effort of reinvigorating tourism in The Bahamas bringing an influx of much-needed capital into the economy. During its cruise calls in The Bahamas, which have been extended into November, Crystal will continue to work closely and collaboratively with local partners on the islands to ensure all are supported as they prepare for guests to visit The Bahamas.
The local partnerships on the destination islands are varied, offering a range of services and activities that will be integrated into the Luxury Bahamas Escapes itinerary for guests to experience and enjoy. Just a few of the local partners include Big D’s Conch Spot, Exuma Water Sports and the Chameleon Management Group. In addition, the company is working with the Ministry of Tourism & Aviation to feature straw markets with local businesses in the Family Islands.
To provide guests with a taste of the treasured music and culture that give The Bahamas their singular charm, Crystal will also engage a 15-member Junkanoo band to perform a parade celebration for guests on every Crystal Serenity departure from Nassau, the colorful costumes, dancing and percussive beats of the traditional goatskin drums providing an exuberant sendoff reflecting The Bahamas’ musical pulse and heritage.
A leader in unrivaled luxury cruising for 30 years, Crystal distinguishes its ships and its voyages with fine details and nuances that make a big impact for discerning travelers. Luxury Bahamas Escapes voyages will be hosted aboard Crystal Serenity, one of the smallest vessels in the Crystal fleet, providing a more sustainable and luxury guest experience. The ship will sail in The Bahamas at a reduced capacity, increasing its social spaciousness. 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 Cruises has announced all guests must be fully inoculated with a COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to boarding any Crystal ship as part of its Crystal Clean+ measures. Through the Crystal Pristine program, Crystal maintains a commitment to following, and in some instances exceeding, worldwide environmental regulations and preserving the beauty of the oceans in which Crystal ships travel. In fact, the company was recently awarded the Blue Circle Award from the Port of Vancouver, which acknowledges cruise lines that voluntarily implement sustainability measures and practices that go above and beyond those required by port regulations.