On Monday, Crystal Cruises became the first cruise line to resume operations from Boston Harbor when the Crystal Symphony left on his first shopping trip after closing.
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 decommissioning. The Symphony the navigation is the first of four from Boston to Bermuda, after which it will reposition itself at the Manhattan cruise terminal for a series of eight round trips to the same sunny destination.
“We are pleased Crystal Symphony has returned to service as the first cruise ship to resume cruising from Boston, now bound for the pink sands of Bermuda, ”said Jack Anderson, President of Crystal. “This day is the culmination of months of anticipation and behind-the-scenes planning to ensure safe and meaningful travel experiences for our customers as we welcome them to their home in Crystal.”
Crystal Symphony is a luxury cruise ship, and it was built with a high space-to-guest ratio compared to most cruise ships of its size. Boston departures operate at reduced capacity to provide even more room for social distancing. Crystal Symphony also set sail with all guests and crew fully vaccinated, satisfying one of the CDC’s two options for resuming cruising in the United States.
Crystal restarted operations in North America last month, working in partnership with the government of the Bahamas to launch non-U.S. Cruises. Since July 3, the Crystal Serenity has sailed on round trips from Nassau to Great Exuma, San Salvador and Long Island.
The North American reboot will be a welcome relief for Genting Hong Kong, Crystal’s parent company. The company struggled to maintain itself financially during the pandemic, and in August 2020 it suspended payments to its creditors. It announced in May that it had reached a $ 2.6 billion restructuring and recapitalization deal, putting its balance sheet on sound footing.