Crystal Cruises' Crystal Symphony set off Monday on its first cruise for 18 months, the first large cruise ship to leave Boston since March 2020's global cruise shut down.
The 848-passenger ship set sail to Bermuda as the first of four seven-day cruises that would take it roundtrip from Boston on Sundays. Hurricane Henri caused a delay of one day in the departure.
The Boston sailings will be followed, beginning September 24, by eight Bermuda cruises departing from New York's Manhattan Cruise Terminal. For two days and nights, the Symphony will make a stop at Bermuda's Royal Naval Dockyard.
The vessel's capacity is reduced and all guests and crew must be fully vaccinated.
The Symphony was scheduled to offer 10-day Caribbean cruises departing from Antigua or St. Maarten this month. However, the line cancelled the season due to airlift difficulties and increased demand for cruises departing from U.S. ports.
American Cruise Lines also offers small-ship cruises departing from Boston.