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The Bahamas celebrates debut of Crystal Cruises’ homeport in Nassau

Live musical performances and a celebration took place in Pompey Square in Nassau as Crystal Cruises welcomed guests aboard the cruise line’s flagship Crystal Serenity for the first Luxury Bahamas Escapes cruise. The Bahamas now serves as the official home port for the boutique ship, which offers 7-night voyages exclusively within the Bahamas.

  1. Crystal Serenity sets sail for the first luxury Bahamas escapes voyage.
  2. This exciting new voyage enables passengers to have the vacation of a lifetime on an island through the beautiful archipelago of the Bahamas.
  3. Ports of call include Nassau, Bimini, Cat Island, Great Exuma, San Salvador, and Long Island.

Government officials and local business leaders were honored to mark the start of this exciting new journey that will bring passengers the vacation of a lifetime on an island through the beautiful Bahamas archipelago – from Nassau and Bimini to Cat Island, Great Exuma, San Salvador and Long Iceland.

During the opening ceremony, the Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar, Minister of Tourism and Aviation of the Bahamas said: “This partnership is an important milestone for cruising in the Bahamas as the boutique ship Crystal Serenity has the potential to strengthen our economy Restore communities. No other destination in the Caribbean could offer the discerning cruiser an extraordinary itinerary that visits several breathtaking islands in the same country. “

The ship set sail on its first 7-day all-inclusive luxury Bahamas Escapes cruise, which features consecutive days to explore the Family Islands and a wide range of active, leisurely and enriching excursions for every traveler.

Getting started on this adventure is a breeze, with options to hop on and off from Nassau or Bimini. There are many airlines to choose from when arriving in Nassau, including American Airlines, Delta, and Jet Blue, among others. Silver Airways offers flight options to Nassau and Bimini from Ft. Lauderdale.

Those interested in a longer vacation can use the Crystal “Classic Plus” Hotel Experience from now until November 2021, which offers luxury packages in Nassau’s SLS Baha Mar for stays before and after the cruise. The last trip is scheduled to start on November 6th. Travelers are advised to visit prior to booking for an overview of the latest travel and immigration logs.

LR: Karen Seymour, Executive Director, Department of Tourism and Aviation, Apostle Delton Fernander, President of the Bahamas Christian Council, Dr. Kenneth Romer, Department of Tourism and Aviation Executive Director, Mr. Ellison Thompson, Deputy Director General, Department of Tourism and Aviation, Mr. Reginald Saunders, Permanent Secretary, Department of Tourism and Aviation, Travis Robinson, Parliamentary Secretary, Department of Tourism and Aviation, Ms. Joy Jibrilu, Director General of the Department of Tourism and Aviation, The Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar, MP Minister for Tourism and Aviation, Ms. Carmen Roig Sr. VP, Marketing & Sales, Crystal Cruises, Captain Birger Foreland, Captain of Crystal Serenity, Mr. Mike Maura Jr., President & CEO Nassau Cruise Port Ltd.


With over 700 islands and cays and 16 unique island destinations, the Bahamas is just 50 miles off the Florida coast and offers an easy escape route that takes travelers away from everyday life. The islands of the Bahamas offer world-class fishing, diving, boating and thousands of miles of the most spectacular waters and beaches on earth. The Bahamas are considered to be the clearest water in the world. It’s so clear that NASA astronaut Scott Kelly shared dozens of photos of the islands during his 2016 orbit around the world. He tweeted that the Bahamas was “the most beautiful place out of space”. Discover all the islands have to offer on or on Facebook, YouTube or Instagram and find out why the Bahamas is better.

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