Crystal became the first cruise line to resume cruises from New York, with the Crystal Symphony leaving on September 24 for a seven-day round trip to Bermuda.
The trip is the first in a series of nine weeklong cruises departing Manhattan every Friday through November 19. The ship had been sailing Bermuda routes from Boston since late August.
All Symphony guests and crew must be fully vaccinated and the ship is operating at reduced capacity.
The ship was originally scheduled to offer 10-day Caribbean cruises from Antigua and St Maarten this season, but the line canceled the season due to lack of airlift and higher demand for cruises since American ports.
Rachel Loeb, CEO of New York City Economic Development Corp., said the ship’s departure was “a sign of New York City taking over.”
âThe cruise industry helps generate millions of dollars in tourism revenue across the city, bolstering Broadway, restaurants, museums and other special events that translate into jobs for New Yorkers,â said Loeb.
NCL’s Norwegian Breakaway will begin sailing a series of Bermuda cruises departing New York on September 26.
Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas was the first cruise ship to resume navigation from the greater New York area when it began from Bayonne, New Jersey on September 12.