As tourism officials eagerly await the revival of the cruise sector, Crystal Cruises has cancelled its recently-announced Caribbean cruises from Antigua and St. Maarten.
This is according to a statement released by the cruise line and appearing in Cruise Critic.
The arrival of the vessel was announced in early April and sailings were set to begin aboard the Crystal Symphony in August.
However, the company says the cancellation is due to “ongoing uncertainty regarding ports of call and availability of adequate airlift.”
According to its statement, “The cancellations affect all Crystal Symphony voyages planned from both Antigua and St. Maarten departing between August and December 2021.”
Instead, Crystal says, it will be redeploying the Crystal Symphony “close to home,” with new itineraries that will be announced once they are finalized.
Affected passengers have already been contacted regarding their compensation and rebooking options.
Crystal has reportedly “been in the news this week after rumours surfaced that the company could be looking to offload its fleet of luxury riverboats,” Cruise Critic says.
Meanwhile, the Antigua & Barbuda Government was hoping that its home-porting initiative would attract more business and revenue for a cross-section of companies here, including supermarkets and hotels.