Crystal Serenity is quite simply known as the best cruise ship in the world and is consistently winning accolades and awards from the likes of Condé Nast Traveler and Travel+Leisure magazine.
Following a multi-million dollar re-design, Crystal Serenity emerged as a ship offering the sophistication of Hollywood with the elegance of Fifth Avenue and features a variety of amenities to cater for the luxury traveller. The onboard spa offers a superb selection of treatments, including Feng Shui Ceremony Rituals, facials and massages. Guests will also discover a variety of restaurants on board including those that feature menus created by world-famous chefs including Nobu Matsuhisa. Add to this Broadway-style entertainment, a Junior Activities programme for children aged 17 and under, shore excursions that include glacier trekking and wine tasting, and some 63 different itineraries visiting 168 ports throughout the world, and you begin to see why guests return again and again.
The main dining room, Waterside, is decorated with rich wood panelling, crystal chandeliers and floor-to-ceiling windows. You can see certain classics, such as Caesar Salad, Chateabriand and Crepes Suzette prepared tableside and this restaurant also serves caviar, lobster and salmon. But Waterside never repeats a menu, not even on a three-and-a-half month voyage.
This casual venue has both indoor and outdoor seating and serves breakfast as well as simple selections such as omelettes, pancakes and fresh fish. The current Evolution of Crystal brings new, open-seating, culinary inspiration in the form of Churrascaria – the onboard Brazilian steakhouse.
Silk Kitchen and Bar
Surrounded by enchanting views of sea and shore, savour Chinese-inspired al fresco dining on deck, with open seating for breakfast and lunch, and reservations recommended for dinner.
Serving throughout the day, the European-inspired restaurant serves croissants and pastries in the morning and coffee and wine, dessert and cheese in the afternoon.
Every afternoon tea is served among the lush greenery and rattan furnishings to the accompaniment of classical music.
Guests can take advantage of in-stateroom dining 24 hours a day. During dinner hours all guests can order from Waterside, while Penthouse guests can choose from any restaurant.
This intimate restaurant features classic Italian dishes, serving signature dishes and wines.
Umi Uma & the Sushi Bar
Here guests dine on the eclectic cuisine made famous by Nobuyuki ‘Nobu’ Matsuhisa. The Sushi Bar offers a selection of his signature sushi and sashimi dishes, while Silk Road presents appetisers, soups, salads and desserts.
The Vintage Room
Offering the ultimate experience for wine enthusiasts, providing a tasting menu to complement rare vintages for dinners of four to 14 people.
Crystal Cruises offers a divers range or entertainment options, aimed at the discerning theatre-goer, concert-lover and dance aficionado. Musical venues will host anything from nostalgic and classical to popular and contemporary, and there’s a whole host of other venues to enjoy as well.
The Galaxy Lounge puts Broadway-style shows in the spotlight, then there’s the Starlite Club, Palm Court, for dancing and classical music concerts, Avenue Saloon, to hear the tinkle of the ivories, Connoisseur Club, where you can enjoy a cigar, Resorts World at Sea Casino, Hollywood Theatre, a library containing more than 3,000 books, Bridge Lounge and finally Fantasia and Waves for children.
A collection of theme cruises set sail and offer a greater chance to learn new skills than the activities available year-round on all cruises.
Themes include the Crystal Wine and Food Festival, Crystal on Broadway, Big Band and Ballroom Dance, Jewish Heritage, Jazz Days and Cabaret Nights, Mind Body and Spirit. Comprehensive Creative Learning Institute and President’s Cruise. Holiday cruises set around Christmas or Thanksgiving for example are also available.
The Creative Learning Institute offers a number of courses for guests to immerse themselves in. There’s keyboard lessons, language classes, wellness seminars, sculpting, wine appreciation, sushi-making and art workshops to name just a few.
And when the ship is docked, there are a number of further adventures to be had on land, whether it’s an active activity - like flying a Mig fighter jet - or something cultural, there’s plenty to choose from.