Crystal Serenity is luxury ships which can 1,080 passengers on board with gross tonnage of 68,000. It costs US$ 350 million to build this ship. It was launched in July 2003 and underwent refurbishment in 2016. It sails from Vancouver, British Columbia and Los Angeles, California. This ship is formal cruise line with traditional passengers. They wear long evening gowns and tuxedos during formal night events. Generally, the dress code on board is elegant resort casual.
There are 623 staterooms on board Crystal Serenity in 13 categories (108 suites and 356 balconies). There are 215 rooms with balcony spaces. The largest accommodation on board is the Penthouse Suites which is 1,080 square feet. All the staterooms are provided with Blu-Ray DVD players. Flat screen television, full Jacuzzi bath tub and separate shower. The penthouse accommodation has self-serving laundry room with same-day pressing, in-suite dining services from Prego and Silk Road menus and pre-dinner canapés. Also, all rooms come with mini-fridge with chocolate truffles, fruit and mini bar (filled with beverages and refreshments).
The main dining venue on board The Crystal Serenity is The Crystal Dining Room. Guests are allowed open seating for breakfast and lunch. Dinner can be categorised in two arrangements – open seating and assigned seating. For dinner time, seating is available at 6pm and 8:30pm. However, a reservation is required for Asian (The Silk Road) and Italian (Prego) speciality restaurants. The Vintage Room is a fine dining venue with sommelier services which cater 10 passengers comfortably. The Sushi Bar is a Japanese-style restaurant on-board which requires reservations only. For pool deck buffet meals, Lido Café is the top choice. Trident Bar & Grill offers fast food options with live olive tree and greenery.
Crystal Serenity has Seahorse Pool (main pool) and The Neptune pool (bad weather pool). The Promenade Decks is perfect for those who would want to walk and jog. There are ping pong tables and golf driving nets (The Taylormade Golf Clinic). On board Crystal Serenity there is a fitness gym which has elliptical and exercise machines. There is a designated area for Pilates and yoga. The Crystal Spa is located on deck 13 which offers facials, hot stone massages, pedicure, manicure and scrubs.
Crystal Serenity attracts families cruising with their kids during holidays and summer breaks. There are designated areas for kids with facilities. There are two playrooms for three to 12 year olds (Fantasia) and 13 to 17 year olds (Waves). Youth counsellors or staff members are available when there is considerable number of kids during the holidays and summer. There are baby-sitting services which can be arranged for USD$10 per hour for each child. This luxury ship is recommended for families with children.
This money-savings experience brightened my mood as the ship headed up the Mississippi River to New Orleans on the final day — a truly amazing experience and .certainly a great place to end a cruise. Two days home, and we are already looking forward with anticipation to our next Crystal adventure – Publisher1953
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