Cruises Return, from Caribbean Ports

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Cruises are returning this summer, with three major players in the industry homeporting in the Caribbean.

With the CDC No-Sail Order remaining in place until November 1, there’s still a 2021 cruise option for incentive winners: Caribbean cruises with vaccinated staff and required vaccines for passengers, sailing out of Caribbean ports for now.

Crystal Cruises

Crystal Cruises, which is requiring all guests to be fully inoculated with a COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to their Crystal cruise, will be offering sailings from The Bahamas on board Crystal Serenity this summer.

The “Bahamas Escapes” are a series of 16 seven-night, roundtrip cruises from Nassau beginning July 3, as well as 16 seven-night voyages roundtrip from Bimini beginning July 4. With these sailings, Crystal Serenity became the first ship to homeport in The Bahamas, as well as the first ocean ship to sail from the Americas since the cruise industry’s voluntary halt in operations almost a year ago.

Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Cruises announced its return to cruising this week, with the Celebrity Millennium cruising from St. Maarten beginning June 5 and new 7-night itineraries departing through August. The ship will sail with vaccinated crew and will be available only to vaccinated guests (and children under the age of 18 with a negative PCR test result within 72 hours of embarkation).

Celebrity Cruises is offering two different itineraries, which begin and end in St. Maarten, one to Aruba, Curacao and Barbados and the other to Tortola, Saint Lucia and Barbados. For incentive qualifiers, the all-exclusive The Retreat has a private sundeck and redesigned lounge offering complimentary beverages, gourmet bites, live entertainment, and around-the-clock butler and concierge service.

Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean International has announced a summer lineup of 7-night cruises on board Adventure of the Seas, setting sail June through August from the new homeport of  Nassau, The Bahamas.

Itineraries will include the two back-to-back days on Perfect Day at CocoCay, Royal Caribbean’s private island destination in The Bahamas, and visit Grand Bahama Island, The Bahamas and Cozumel, Mexico.

Royal Caribbean International also will be sailing Vision of the Seas June through August with a series of new 7-night cruises from the first-time homeport of Bermuda. The Vision of the Seas itinerary will overnight in Bermuda, as well as include a full day at Perfect Day at CocoCay.

Sailing with a vaccinated crew, the cruises—at this time—will only be available to adult guests who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (and those under the age of 18 with negative test results).

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Barbara Scofidio is Editor of Prevue and heads up the Visionary Summits, our exclusive conference series targeting senior-level meeting and incentive planners. In her 30 years in the industry, she has become known for her passion around greening meetings, growing awareness of human trafficking and promoting CSR activities as part of business events. She is currently a member of SITE's Women IN Leadership committee and the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee. She was the first member of the media ever to be invited to sit on a committee by GBTA, where she spent three years on the Groups and Meetings Committee. She has also been an active member of SITE for 30 years, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. Before joining Prevue in 2014, she served as Editor of Corporate Meetings & Incentives (MeetingsNet) for more than 20 years. She has a BA in Literature/Rhetoric from Binghamton University. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.