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  1. I'm onboard Serenity now. Here is what happend this morning... - We were told yesterday we would be required to preform an in person interview with CBP in the morning, starting at 8am. - They needed a Zero count of passengers onboard before the USGC could start some of their inspections (since this is the first time Serenity has been back to the US while disembarking/embarking passengers) - We were told to stay in public spaces starting at 8am and wait for announcements to disembark by group number, which were provided to us the night before. We were told that if we intended to re-board the ship immediately following the inspection that we should disembark with group 5/6. - At 8:40am they started the process. - At 9:30 group 5/6 were called - Only 2 CBP officers were processing passengers for the in person interview. We stood in line for about 25 mins - After the interview, we intended to re-board the ship, so we had to clear security again and we were instructed to wait in the terminal while the USGC finished their inspections. - At about 10:40am we were back in the bistro having a snack, 2 hours and 40 mins after we left our stateroom. This morning was not the most exciting part of our trip. I don't believe the ship will be required to go through a zero count process every week. This was required by the USGC to complete their inspections, which would normally be done on a turnaround day, but since this wasn't a normal turnaround, we were required to disembark. Besides this morning, everything else onboard has been great. Service is spectacular, food is as good as we remembered from 2019. The ship is not full, still under 50% capacity according to some of the crew. Rumor has it about 50 people joined the ship in Miami today, all of which are vaccinated.
  2. They made a stop in Freeport yesterday. Didn’t leave until 2am. Dunno why? 🤷‍♂️
  3. Hi Linda what was the reason the ship stopped in Freeport on Friday?
  4. We arrive on 8/7 and already have a visa. This is what the agent just told me... You would need to take a rapid antigen or PCR test 5 days before your travel date. Considering you have already been approved. We advise that you print the results of your test and present them upon arrival. For any further concerns on this procedure, please contact the Travel Compliance Unit. healthvisa@bahamas.com, +1 (242) 604-7200 | +1 (242) 502-0829/ +1 (786) 471-5898 Opening hours are from 8:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m. Mondays- Fridays. Thank you. This is the department that deals with the Health Visa. I am going to email them to get a more "official" response.
  5. Its official.... the Serenity is gong to Miami on Day 3 and allowing embarkation as well as unvaccinated guests onboard starting Aug 9.
  6. Letter that will be sent to passengers soon.... Dear Valued Guest, As the entire travel industry continues to emerge from the restrictions of the global pandemic, Crystal continues to develop more meaningful experiences for travelers. For cruising in particular, recent positive developments now allow ships to sail into and out of U.S. ports. Given these rapid advances, Crystal will be adding Miami, Florida as both a port of call and embarkation option to all of our Luxury Bahamas Escape cruises effective August 7, 2021. Regarding Crystal Serenity’s first stop and the embarkation of guests in Miami on August 9, please be assured that we appreciate and will be guided by CDC health and safety regulations as well as Florida law regarding the acceptance of unvaccinated guests. Crystal will welcome a capacity-controlled number of unvaccinated guests on board and additional protocols will be in place for unvaccinated travelers. Please note that unvaccinated guests may not be allowed to go ashore in in some ports of The Bahamas based on that nation’s policies. Miami is as famous for its Art Deco Historic District as for its spectacular shopping, dining and boating. Explore South Beach for a glimpse of pastel-colored hotels, trendy shops and one of the most iconic beaches in the world. Savor Cuban cuisine in vibrant Little Havana, a center of Miami’s social and cultural activity. Explore the exotic Everglades, visit the quaint al fresco restaurants of Coconut Grove, Miami’s oldest neighborhood, or shop the eclectic galleries of fashionable Wynwood. Diverse and intriguing, this truly international city has a vibe and an allure all its own. Please be advised that our website will be updated within the coming days to reflect this change. For easy reference, below are both the original and enhanced itineraries. The changes are highlighted in teal below: Original Itinerary: Day Location Arrive Depart 1 Nassau, Bahamas Embark pm 7 pm 2 Bimini, Bahamas 8 am Overnight 3 Bimini, Bahamas - 6 am Cruising the Coast of The Bahamas - - 4 Great Exuma, Bahamas 7 am 7 pm 5 San Salvador, Bahamas 7 am 7 pm 6 Long Island, Bahamas 7 am 5 pm 7 Cruising the Coast of The Bahamas - - 8 Nassau, Bahamas 6 am Disembark am Enhanced Itinerary: Day Location Arrive Depart 1 Nassau, Bahamas Embark pm 7 pm 2 Bimini, Bahamas 8 am 6 pm 3 Miami, Florida, U.S. 8 am 5 pm 4 San Salvador Island, Bahamas 1 pm 7 pm 5 Great Exuma, Bahamas 7 am 7 pm 6 Long Island, Bahamas 7 am 5 pm 7 Cruising the Coast of The Bahamas - - 8 Nassau, Bahamas 6 am Disembark am For information on protocols and policies as they relate to embarking in Miami, please refer to our Crystal Clean+ safety measures found here. Should you have any questions, please contact your travel advisor or our Reservations team at (800) 290-0032. On behalf of all of us at Crystal, including our award-winning officers and crew, we look forward to welcoming you on board Crystal Serenity very soon. Regards, Crystal Guest Services
  7. Based on the Serenity’s current position in MarineTraffic, I believe this is where the dock is located.
  8. We're on the 8/7 sailing, this is our itinerary from PCPC this AM. Guess our sailing is the first to Miami Sat, Aug 7 Nassau, Bahamas 07:00 PM Dock Sun, Aug 8 Bimini, Bahamas 08:00 AM 06:00 PM Dock Mon, Aug 9 Miami, United States of America 08:00 AM 5:00 PM Dock Tue, Aug 10 Cockburn Town, San Salvador, Bahamas 01:00 PM 07:00 PM Tender Wed, Aug 11 Great Exuma Island, Bahamas 07:00 AM 07:00 PM Tender Thu, Aug 12 Clarence Town, Long Island, Bahamas 07:00 AM 06:00 PM Tender Fri, Aug 13 Cruising the Coast of Bahamas Sat, Aug 14 Nassau, Bahamas 06:00 AM Dock
  9. We are on the aug 7 departure and just checked the PCPC and noticed that the overnight in Bimini has been replaced with a call in Miami on Monday. No official communication from Crystal yet. So we are still going to Bimini, just departing at 6pm Sunday and spending Monday in Miami. We were planing to have a “ship” day on Monday anyway, so NBD from our perspective. I’d rather be sitting on the Serenity with a drink in my hand at dock then doing work at home, so no complaints here! i doubt they will let passengers embark, because of the whole vaccine issue there. Like others have said, it’s probably a restocking stop.
  10. Yep, its a Bahama voyage in August. We were in a SH a few years ago in Norway/Iceland and there was def a bunch of motion forward on the ship.
  11. Thanks guys 11001 is available, i wonder if that would be quieter since it is under the palm court?
  12. Thanks Keith. Have you ever experienced noise from the pool deck above you when staying on deck 11?
  13. Greetings all we were just upgraded from a Seabreeze to a PS on the Serenity. Does anyone have any photos post dry dock of the PS. There isn’t much on YouTube or online that I can find of the room post 2018 dry dock. I tried a search on the forum but it doesn’t seem to be working correctly. TIA!
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