Cruise line: Crystal Cruises,
Crystal Serenity entered service in 2003, and can carry 1080 guests and is slightly larger than her fleet sister, Crystal Symphony. Crystal Serenity has a per guest space ratio of 63, so you will never feel crowded, and has a crew of 650.
Palm Court and the Sunset bar are a great place to watch the world go by, read a book or just enjoy some quiet time up on the Lido Deck. We also like the two pools, one has a sliding glass roof over it, and so you can use the pool during inclement weather. Book for a gastronomic experience at The Vintage Room – excellent food with perfectly matched wine and of course Crystal’s excellent service.
Unusual for a modern ship, the Crystal Serenity has a cinema, to watch a movie on the big screen whilst onboard. We like The Bistro on Tiffany Deck, a great place to grab a snack, coffee and for a chat – handy for the shops too. You will also enjoy the alternative dining, such as Silk Road and the Sushi Bar, where you watch the chefs preparing your meal.
What you should know
Crystal Cruises has only recently been marketed in the UK and Europe. You will therefore find a cosmopolitan crowd including many guests from America.
May we suggest
We do recommend you look at the very comprehensive enrichment programmes that Crystal Cruises can offer, from their Computer University @ Sea, to arts and crafts in The Studio – you really feel like you have learned something whilst on your cruise.
We would recommend Crystal Symphony for couples and families alike (they have 2 children’s rooms) who enjoy large ship amenities, fine dining, enrichment programmes and excellent food with service to match.