As of Monday, Crystal Cruises was the first cruise line to resume operations from Boston Harbor than the Crystal symphony went on their first revenue journey after the shutdown.
The ship’s departure was postponed for a day due to Tropical Storm Henri, but this was a small delay compared to the last 18 months of lay-up. the symphony Sailing is the first of four flights from Boston to Bermuda, after which it will move to the Manhattan Cruise Terminal for a series of eight round trips to the same sunny destination.
“We are very happy Crystal symphony is the first cruise ship to resume cruising from Boston, now headed for the pink sand beaches of Bermuda, “said Jack Anderson, President of Crystal. “This day is the culmination of months of anticipation and behind-the-scenes planning to bring our guests safe and meaningful travel experiences as we welcome them back home to the Crystal.”
Crystal symphony is a luxury cruise ship and was built with a high space-to-guest ratio compared to most cruise ships of its size. Boston departures are starting with reduced capacity to provide even more space for social distancing. Crystal symphony Also, set sail with all guests and crew fully vaccinated, completing one of two CDC resumption options for the U.S. cruise.
Crystal resumed its North American operations last month and is working in partnership with the Bahamas government to launch cruises outside of the United States. Since July 3rd the Crystal serenity has sailed round trips from Nassau to Great Exuma, San Salvador and Long Island.
The North American restart will be a welcome relief for Genting Hong Kong, Crystal’s parent company. The company struggled financially during the pandemic and stopped making payments to its creditors in August 2020. In May, the company announced that it had entered into a $ 2.6 billion restructuring and recapitalization agreement, putting its balance sheet back on solid footing.