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  • Luxury-Service-Breakfast-in-Bed - Treat yourself to breakfast in bed and make your Crystal cruise even more cozy.
  • Luxury-Service-Breakfast-on-the-Veranda - Your stateroom veranda is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing private breakfast as the day begins aboard a Crystal cruise.
  • Junior-Cruisers-Dressing-Up-with-Junior-Activities-Director - Kids will have a blast dressing up with other Junior Cruisers activities aboard a Crystal cruise.
  • Junior-Cruisers-Ice-Cream-on-Deck - Ice cream on deck! Taking a break during Junior Cruisers activities on a Crystal cruise.
  • Junior-Cruisers-Kids-Backstage - Kids get to explore back stage and play dress-up during Junior Cruisers activities on a Crystal cruise.
  • Junior-Cruisers-Kids-Baking-Cookies-in-the-Galley - Children can visit the Galley and take a turn baking with the Junior Cruisers on a Crystal cruise.
  • Junior-Cruisers-Kids-Decorating-Cookies-in-the-Galley - Take kids to the Galley to try their hand at pastry decorating, one of the Junior Cruisers activities aboard a Crystal cruise.
  • Junior-Cruisers-Kids-Tea-Time-in-Palm-Court-on-Crystal-Serenity - Kids get a giggle out of being served tea in the Palm Court on Crystal Serenity.
  • Junior-Cruisers-Kids-on-Deck---Crystal-Serenity - All hands on deck! Junior Cruisers pause while exploring Crystal Serenity.
  • Junior-Cruisers-Kids-on-Deck-Formal-Night - Kids can dress up and have fun on deck during Formal Night with the Junior Cruisers on a Crystal cruise.
  • Junior-Cruisers-On-the-Bridge - A young cruiser visits the bridge and views the horizon on a Crystal cruise.
  • Junior-Cruisers-With-Crystal-Serenity-in-Dock - Junior Cruisers visit the dock during a shore excursion from the Crystal Serenity.
  • Enrichment-Entertainment-Big-Band-Experiences-of-Discovery-Tommy-Dorsey-Orchestra - Experience the big band sound of the Roaring Twenties with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra aboard some Crystal cruises.
  • Enrichment-Entertainment-Crystal-Cruises-Production-Show-iLuminate - Experience iLuminate, a glow-in-the-dark production featuring talented dancers on a Crystal cruise.
  • Enrichment-Entertainment-Crystal-Cruises-Production-Show - You'll get a kick out of old-school Broadway-style shows on a Crystal cruise.
  • Enrichment-Entertainment-Music-in-the-Galaxy-Lounge - Musicians entertain nightly in the Galaxy Lounge on Crystal cruises.
  • Enrichment-Entertainment-Tango-Performance - Take in a riveting performance of the tango aboard a Crystal cruise.
  • Crystal-Serenity-North-Cape-Geiranger-Norway - Crystal Serenity sails by lovely misty waterfalls in North Cape Geiranger, Norway.
  • Crystal-Serenity-North-Cape-Ice-Barrier - Sail to Alaska on Crystal Serenity to explore the Last Frontier in style and comfort.
  • Crystal-Serenity-At-Sea - Tranquil seas and beautiful, sunny days await you aboard Crystal Serenity.
  • Crystal-Serenity-New-Zealand-Milford-Sound - View gorgeous waterfalls up close when Crystal Serenity takes you through Milford Sound in New Zealand.
  • crystal-serenity-at-sea.jpg - The 5-star Crystal Serenity carries 1,070 passengers to all regions of the world.
  • crystal-serenity-moored.jpg - The 5-star Crystal Serenity carries 1,070 passengers to all regions of the world.
  • crystal-serenity-sailing.jpg - Crystal Serenity at full sail.
  • Crystal-Serenity-New-Zealand-Milford-Sound - View gorgeous waterfalls up close when Crystal Serenity takes you through Milford Sound in New Zealand.
  • Culinary-Experiences-Dessert-Trio - The dessert trio makes it easy to choose — have all three while dining in style on a Crystal cruise.
  • Culinary-Experiences-Lobster-Salad - A lobster salad starts off an elegant meal aboard the Crystal Serenity.
  • Spa-Fitness-Crystal-Spa-Stone-Massage - Try a stone massage in the spa on the Crystal Serenity to unwind at sea.
  • Crystal-Serenity-North-Cape-Ice-Barrier - Sail to Alaska on Crystal Serenity to explore the Last Frontier in style and comfort.
  • Crystal-Serenity-North-Cape-Geiranger-Norway - Crystal Serenity sails by lovely misty waterfalls in North Cape Geiranger, Norway.
  • Enrichment-Entertainment-Crystal-Cruises-Production-Show-iLuminate - Experience iLuminate, a glow-in-the-dark production featuring talented dancers on a Crystal cruise.
  • Crystal-Serenity-Venice-Italy - Visit historic, breathtaking Venice while sailing to Italy aboard Crystal Serenity.
  • Culinary-Experiences-Nobu-Dessert - An exotic, Nobu-style dessert ends the evening on a sweet note while dining on a Crystal cruise.
  • Crystal-Serenity-Dubrovnik-Croatia - Explore historic Dubrovnik, Croatia, while sailing on Crystal Serenity.
  • Enrichment-Entertainment-Avenue-Saloon-on-Crystal-Serenity - Enjoy a classy night on the ship visiting the Avenue Saloon on the Crystal Serenity.
  • Culinary-Experiences-Chocolate-Dessert - Finish a meal with a decadent chocolate dessert during your Crystal cruise.
  • Crystal-Serenity-Crystal-dining-room - The tastefully appointed Crystal dining room aboard Crystal Serenity.
  • Culinary-Experiences-Nobu-Tuna-Tartare-with-Caviar - The gorgeously arrayed Tuna Tartare with Caviar makes an unparalleled entree while dining on Crystal Serenity.
  • Culinary-Experiences-Nobu-Sushi-Trio - The Nobu Sushi Trio doesn't make you choose: Sample several types of sushi while dining on the Crystal Serenity.
  • Culinary-Experiences-Lobster-Salad - A lobster salad starts off an elegant meal aboard the Crystal Serenity.
  • Culinary-Experiences-Prego-Ravioli - Ravioli becomes a work of art at Prego on board Crystal Cruises.
  • Culinary-Experiences-Appetizer - Colorful appetizers will whet your appetite on a Crystal cruise.
  • Culinary-Experiences-Steak-Dinner-Entree-1 - Steak is paired with tomatoes and asparagus for a main entrée aboard Crystal Serenity.
  • Culinary-Experiences-Dessert-Trio - The dessert trio makes it easy to choose — have all three while dining in style on a Crystal cruise.
  • Culinary-Experiences-Lamb-Chops - Succulent lamb chips are expertly prepared on the Crystal Serenity.
  • Culinary-Experiences-Nobu-Assorted-Sushi - Try an assortment of Nobu Sushi and let your taste buds take a trip while dining on Crystal Serenity.
  • Culinary-Experiences-Nobu-Dessert - An exotic, Nobu-style dessert ends the evening on a sweet note while dining on a Crystal cruise.
  • Culinary-Experiences-Nobu-Miso-on-Snapper - Try the Nobu Miso on Snapper for a dish you won't forget while on Crystal Serenity.
  • Culinary-Experiences-Nobu-Sashimi-Salad - While dining on a Crystal cruise liner, try the Nobu Sashimi Salad for a delicious way to start your meal.
  • Culinary-Experiences-Nobu-Scallops-1 - Try the Nobu Scallops for an exquisite culinary experience aboard Crystal Serenity.
  • Culinary-Experiences-Raspberry-Dessert - A raspberry dessert creates a smooth finish to you culinary experience on Crystal Serenity.
  • Culinary-Experiences-Nobu-Black-Cod-with-Miso - You can't get seafood much fresher than Black Cod with Miso, a specialty aboard the Crystal Serenity.
  • Culinary-Experiences-Chocolate-Dessert - Finish a meal with a decadent chocolate dessert during your Crystal cruise.
  • Culinary-Experiences-Chef-at-Asian-Buffet - An exotic Asian buffet lets you sample new tastes during your Crystal Serenity sailing.
  • Culinary-Experiences-Crystal-Serenity-Tastes-Dessert - Tastes serves delicious fruit, nut and ice cream concoctions for dessert aboard Crystal Serenity.
  • Culinary-Experiences-Nobu-Oyster-Plate - The Nobu Oyster Plate ushers in an evening of relaxation and fun aboard Crystal Serenity.
  • Culinary-Experiences-Grilled-Chicken-with-Vegetables - Vegetables are certainly not boring when prepared by a culinary expert aboard Crystal Serenity.
  • Culinary-Experiences-Cheese-Selection - You can choose from a tempting array of cheeses aboard your Crystal cruise.
  • Culinary-Experiences-Crystal-Serenity-Tastes-Evening-Menu - The evening menu at Tastes makes sure you don't go away hungry on Crystal Serenity.
  • Culinary-Experiences-Crystal-Serenity-Tastes-Cocktail - While on Crystal Serenity, visit Tastes for signature Crystal cocktails.
  • Culinary-Experiences-Champagne - Try a glass of champagne to set the mood during you Crystal cruise.
  • Culinary-Experiences-Crystal-Serenity-Chef-&-Herb-Garden - Crystal Serenity features the Trident Chef & Herb so food is always seasoned with the freshest herbs.
  • Culinary-Experiences-Crystal-Serenity-Tastes-Burgers - Famished? Find mouth-watering burgers at Tastes Bar & Restaurant on Crystal Serenity.
  • Culinary-Experiences-Lobster-Pasta-Entree - Indulge on lobster pasta during your Crystal Serenity voyage.
  • Culinary-Experiences-Prego-Waiter-1 - Count on Prego's attentive waiters to take care of you while you dine on Crystal Serenity.
  • Crystal-Serenity-Dining-Room - The main dining room on Crystal Serenity.
  • Crystal-Serenity-Crystal-dining-room - The tastefully appointed Crystal dining room aboard Crystal Serenity.
  • Crystal-Serenity-Prego-restaurant - Enjoy Italian cuisine at the specialty restaurant Prego on your Crystal Serenity sailing.
  • Crystal-Serenity-Tastes-dining-with-candlelight - Head to the Tastes restaurant aboard Crystal Serenity for a dinner over candlelight.
  • Crystal-Serenity-Tastes-Specialty-Restaurant - Enjoy a wide selection of inventive cuisine at the Tastes specialty restaurant aboard Crystal Serenity.
  • Enrichment-Entertainment-Pulse-Nightclub-on-Crystal-Serenity - Get into the action at Crystal Serenity's Pulse Nighclub, featuring live music and a dance floor.
  • Enrichment-Entertainment-Yamaha-Keyboard-Class-in-The-Studio - Take a Yamaha keyboard class in the Studio on board the Crystal Serenity.
  • Spa-Fitness-Seahorse-Pool - Take the plunge: The Seahorse Pool aboard the Crystal Serenity features crystal clear water.
  • Enrichment-Entertainment-Avenue-Saloon-on-Crystal-Serenity - Enjoy a classy night on the ship visiting the Avenue Saloon on the Crystal Serenity.
  • People-Lifestyle-Guests-on-Deck - Spend time outdoors and enjoy meeting people and playing games on deck on the Crystal Serenity.
  • Spa-Fitness-Guest-in-Yoga-Pose - Expert yoga instructors guide guests through relaxing poses on Crystal cruises.
  • Enrichment-Entertainment-Crystal-Cove-Bar-on-Crystal-Serenity - Visit the Crystal Cove Bar for quality service and drinks while aboard Crystal Serenity.
  • Enrichment-Entertainment-Stardust-Lounge-on-Crystal-Serenity - In the Stardust Club, enjoy live music while aboard the Crystal Serenity.
  • Enrichment-Entertainment-Crystal-Casino-on-Crystal-Serenity - The Crystal Casino provides plenty of excitement aboard the Crystal Serenity.
  • Enrichment-Entertainment-Computer-University-at-Sea-on-Crystal-Serenity - Take advantage of big, beautiful iMacs featuring 27-inch screens at the Computer University @ Sea on board the Crystal Serenity.
  • Spa-Fitness-Crystal-Spa-Steam-Room - A luxurious steam room helps you wind down for the evening aboard a Crystal cruise.
  • Spa-Fitness-Paddle-Tennis - Enjoy a rousing game of paddle tennis aboard the Crystal Serenity.
  • Luxury-Service-Bistro-Cafe-Service - Receive top-flight service when you dine in the Bistro Cafe aboard the Crystal Serenity.
  • Enrichment-Entertainment-Connoisseur-Club-on-Crystal-Serenity - Enjoy a relaxing evening in the intimate Connoisseur Club on the Crystal Serenity.
  • Crystal-Serenity-massage.jpg - Time to recharge: Let a relaxing massage take you away while you vacation on your Crystal cruise.
  • Enrichment-Entertainment-Crystal-Casino - The Crystal Casino can keep you entertained all evening while aboard the Crystal Serenity.
  • Enrichment-Entertainment-The-Studio-on-Crystal-Serenity - Learn to play piano with an expert teacher in the Studio on the Crystal Serenity.
  • Luxury-Service-Facets-Private-Viewing-Area-on-Crystal-Serenity - Spend time at trying on glittering jewelry in the private viewing area of Facets Jewelry aboard the Crystal Serenity.
  • Luxury-Service-Teatime-Waiter - Teatime Waiters provide light treats on Crystal Serenity.
  • Spa-Fitness-Crystal-Spa-&-Salon-Massage-on-Crystal-Serenity - Ease into vacation mode with a relaxing massage in the spa on Crystal Serenity.
  • Spa-Fitness-Crystal-Spa-Salt-Massage - Ever try a salt massage? It's the perfect complement to the clean salt air of the ocean while sailing on the Crystal Serenity.
  • Spa-Fitness-Crystal-Spa-Stone-Massage - Try a stone massage in the spa on the Crystal Serenity to unwind at sea.
  • Spa-Fitness-Fitness-Center-Personal-Trainer-1 - Work with a personal trainer to get an optimized workout in the Fitness Center on the Crystal Serenity.
  • Spa-Fitness-Pilates-Reformer-Class-on-Crystal-Serenity - Take a Pilates Reformer class on Crystal Serenity to  get energized for your vacation!
  • Spa-Fitness-Walkvest-on-the-Promenade-Deck - Walk the Promenade Deck with the Spa Walkvest to track your steps and heartrate aboard the Crystal Serenity. It's fun!
  • Spa-Fitness-Yoga-in-the-Fitness-Center - Try yoga to stretch and relax those muscles while enjoying a Crystal cruise.
  • Crystal-Serenity-Junior-Cruisers-on-deck - All hands on deck! Junior Cruisers during their exploration of Crystal Serenity.
  • Crystal-Cruises-butler.jpg - A smart-looking butler delivers breakfast on a Crystal cruise.
  • crystal-cruises-woman-passenger.jpg - Enjoy world-class views and all-inclusive pricing on a Crystal Cruises sailing.
  • Crystal-golf-lesson.jpg - Receive golf tips from an expert trainer during your cruise on Crystal Serenity.
  • Crystal-Serenity-Venice-Italy - Visit historic, breathtaking Venice while sailing to Italy aboard Crystal Serenity.
  • Crystal-Serenity-Dubrovnik-Croatia - Explore historic Dubrovnik, Croatia, while sailing on Crystal Serenity.
  • Crystal-Serenity-Lisbon-Portugal - Visit Lisbon, Portugal. with trained tour guides while sailing on Crystal Serenity.
  • Crystal-Serenity-Sorrento-Italy - Crystal Serenity cruises through Sorrento in southern Italy.
  • Crystal-Serenity-Antarctica - Crystal Serenity will take you past lovely ice fields and glaciers in Antarctica.
  • Crystal-Serenity-New-Zealand-Milford-Sound - View gorgeous waterfalls up close when Crystal Serenity takes you through Milford Sound in New Zealand.
  • Crystal-Serenity-Portofino-Italy - Enjoy an afternoon in Italy when the Crystal Serenity sails to scenic Portofino.
  • crystal-serenity-geiranger.jpg - See the fjords of Norway on Crystal Serenity.
  • crystal-serenity-in-bordeaux.jpg - Crystal Serenity in Bordeaux in southwestern France.
  • crystal-serenity-in-geiranger.jpg - Visit the timeless Nordic village of Geiranger when you sail on Crystal Symphony.
  • crystal-serenity-in-moorea.jpg - The luxury cruise ship Crystal Serenity in Moorea, French Polynesia.

Crystal Serenity ship review: Modern, stylish & luxurious

Our review

Snapshot

Think of Crystal Serenity as a floating Four Seasons Resort. Discerning travelers longing for comfort, enrichment, high-touch service and contemporary surroundings will find all of that and more on this gorgeous high-end ship, the largest ultra-luxury vessel at sea.

 
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Since emerging from its recent $17 million "extreme makeover" by Crystal Cruises, the 1,070-passenger ship has a modern, stylish, understated and elegant look. Crystal Serenity has one of the highest space-to-passenger ratios at sea, which means that you'll receive attentive service as you roam on its 13 decks without ever feeling crowded.

We love the Serenity's expansive itineraries, too: Choose from cruises to the Caribbean, South America, Europe, Asia and South Pacific. Voyages last anywhere from seven days to several months.

Who will like sailing on Crystal Serenity

Love style, comfort, gracious service and space to wander? Passengers seeking an all-inclusive luxury cruise experience need look no further than Crystal Serenity. This ship experience is a great choice for well-traveled individuals who value quality. No expense has been spared when it comes to the luxury touches discerning travelers are looking for. From the galley, the best ingredients that can be sourced are used in the restaurants; the wine list is appealing to aficionados; top shelf liquors are used for house pours; the staterooms are appointed with 100% Egyptian cotton sheets, down pillows, plush duvets, Aveda bath products and English mohair lap blankets; and throughout the ship, you will see contemporary interiors that rival the best hotels on land.

Where Crystal Serenity sails

Destinations: Crystal Serenity sails to ports of call around the world. You can book a round the world cruise that lasts about 100 days, starting and ending in San Francisco, and visit Hawaii, Tahiti, Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, China, South Korea, Japan, Russia, Canada and many countries in between.  Or, as most passengers will do, choose a cruise of a shorter duration to focus on one region of the world.

Ratings & awards

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  • Gold Award for Cruise - Overall Luxury, Travel Weekly Magellan Awards (2015)
    Top 20 Medium Cruise Ships, Conde Nast Traveler (2014)
    Best Cruise Ship (Medium, Mid-Size), Conde Nast Traveler (2010, 2012)
    Best Cruise Ship (Medium, Mid-Size), Porthole Magazine (2012, 2013, 2015)

 

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Dining on Crystal Serenity

Crystal Cruises has perfected the art of innovative, delicious dining at sea. Passengers can choose to dine in the Crystal Dining Room, at an alternative restaurant or in their stateroom or suite.

Crystal Dining Room

The menu offers an extensive selection of regionally inspired cuisine prepared in the classical French tradition. The array of tantalizing options includes “lighter fare” low-sodium, low-cholesterol and low-carb selections, plus vegetarian offerings.

The array of tantalizing options includes “lighter fare” low-sodium, low-cholesterol and low-carb selections, plus vegetarian offerings

New: The Crystal Dining Room offers open seating for breakfast and lunch; with their Perfect Choice Dining options for dinner. Passengers can select from Classic Main (beginning at 6:15 pm), or Classic Late (beginning at 8:30 pm). In addition, guests may choose their  Dining by Reservation option (available between 6:15 pm and 9:15 pm). Keep in mind that the actual times can vary by itinerary, so once onboard double check.

Prego

Open only for dinner, Prego offers Italian pasta, meat and fish entrees served a la carte or through a tasting menu. Its signature dishes include Scaloppine Di Vitello Servite Con Capelli D’angelo and Linguine Con Aragosta E Zucchini. The mushroom soup is a crowd favorite.

The Nobu Sushi Trio doesn't make you choose: Sample several types of sushi while dining on the Crystal Serenity.
David Martinez / Photo courtesy of Crystal CruisesThe Nobu Sushi Trio doesn't make you choose: Sample several types of sushi while dining on the Crystal Serenity.

Silk Road & The Sushi Bar

Passengers who love sushi and creative twists on Asian cuisine will flock to the stylish Silk Road and its fabulous, diminutive sushi bar, located at the restaurant's entrance. The kitchen, set up by world-renowned master chef Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa, features Nobu-trained chefs preparing classically styled Japanese foods with distinct Peruvian and European influences. Highlights include salmon tartar, Tiradito Nobu-style and Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeño, Lobster with Truffle-Yuzu Sauce, Grilled Wagyu Beef Rib-Eye with Wasabi Pepper Sauce, and the signature dessert, which is a Bento Box filled with Chocolate Soufflé Cake with Shiso Syrup and Sesame Ice Cream. 

The Vintage Room

Foodies who want an intimate experience will like the Vintage Room with its wine- and champagne-themed dinners in a wine cellar setting. Expect to wine and dine while tasting and discussing some of the best wines on the ship. Ask the head sommelier to make reservations. 

Other choices

Other choices include Tastes, a casual eatery near the Neptune Pool that's a good casual dinner option with a new global-inspired evening menu (it's closed on formal evenings though); The Bistro, an evening café for small bites, tapas, desserts and snacks, and the poolside Trident Grill and Lido Cafe.

Book ahead for an alternative restaurant

All guests can enjoy one complimentary meal at Prego and Silk Road and The Sushi Bar at least once during their cruise. Because these venues are so popular, make sure to inquire in advance with your Cruiseable travel professional or outside travel agent or make it a priority to secure a reservation as soon as you board the ship.

All-inclusive pricing — goodbye, surcharges!

Now that Crystal Cruises has adopted an all-inclusive cruise fare, that means guests no longer pay extra for wine, cocktails, soda, bottled water or specialty coffees. It also means gratuities are included in the cruise fare, which should help you plan your budget. Note that you'll still pay extra if you choose to dine more than once at one of the specialty restaurants.

Renewed, refreshed: Little touches that matter

The Serenity's makeover included a full remodel of its Crystal Penthouses, the coveted top accommodations on board. And you have to love the little touches throughout, from the Wedgwood bone china teacups to the Riedel leaded crystal wine glasses to the Frette linens adorning the dining tables.

Entertainment

Crystal offers a wide range of entertainment options from large-scale productions featuring shows from Broadway and Britain's West End, as well as performances from singers, dancers and musicians playing classical and contemporary music. In addition, there are celebrity speakers and headline magicians from Crystal's Magic Castle at Sea.

You'll get a kick out of old-school Broadway-style shows on a Crystal cruise.
David Martinez / Courtesy of Crystal CruisesYou'll get a kick out of old-school Broadway-style shows on a Crystal cruise.

Staterooms

Some 85 percent of all staterooms come with balconies, compared to 65 percent of the rooms on sister ship Crystal Symphony. All rooms come with seating areas, 100% Egyptian cotton linens, flat-screen satellite TV, minibar,  bathroom with bathtub and double sink and wi-fi access — for a fee (drat!). Guests staying in a penthouse room have access to extras like Jacuzzis, nightly hors' d'oeuvres and personal butler service.

Crystal Serenity's entry-level cabin is called a deluxe stateroom with large picture window, measuring 226 square feet. The deluxe stateroom with veranda is 269 square feet and its penthouses range from 403 to 1,345 square feet. Penthouse guests get private Jacuzzis, nightly hors d'oeuvre and personal butler service.

Passenger makeup

Crystal Serenity attracts a friendly, sophisticated, uppercrust crowd with a majority age 50 and older. Depending on the itinerary, the passenger mix is often 85 percent North American (many from California) and 15 percent other nationalities. The crew and staff speaks English.

Other highlights

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  • Digital Filmmaking with iMovie
  • Creative Learning Institute
  • Tai Chi
  • Wellness lectures
  • Wine tastings
  • Art classes
  • Crystal Visions seminars
  • ACBL Bridge lessons and supervised games
  • Extreme Thrill Seekers program 

With so much to do, there is no reason for anyone to be bored on Crystal Serenity.

Final word 

Crystal Cruises has done a lot of evolving to emerge on the cruise scene with a fresh new taste and feel. Most notable is the move towards a more casual shipboard environment. Put it this way, although you can still wear your long formal gowns, it is no longer required. And with the new Dining by Reservation program in place, you have the flexibility to choose with whom you wish to dine as well as your dinner time (within the applicable dining hours).

Disclosure

Carrie Finley-Bajak sailed on Crystal Serenity on a press/blogger trip as a guest of Crystal Cruises. See Cruiseable's Ethics & Disclosure policy

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Top highlights on this ship

  • What: Wrap-around teak deck
  • Where: Deck 7

  • What: Newly refurbished staterooms
  • Where: Throughout the ship

  • What: Inventive, regionally inspired cuisine
  • Where: Onboard dining
  • $52 million of "extreme makeover" improvements
  • Chic and contemporary public areas
  • Lido Cafe has new "California Riviera" vibe
  • 70 PURE hypoallergenic deluxe veranda staterooms
  • Look for extra space, quality, service and choices that goes above and beyond
  • One of the highest space per guest ratios at sea
  • Up to seven evening dining options
  • Feng Shui-inspired Crystal Spa & Salon
  • Gracious European-trained waiters anticipate your every desire
  • 100% Egyptian cotton sheets, down pillows, plush duvets and featherbeds (upon request)
  • Complimentary beer, wine, soft drinks, bottled water

Top dining options on board

Crystal Dining Room

  • Style: Regionally inspired cuisine
  • No additional cost
  • Open: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Prego

  • Style: Italian
  • No additional cost
  • Open: Dinner

Silk Road & The Sushi Bar

  • Style: Japanese with Peruvian, European influences
  • No additional cost
  • Open: Dinner

The Bistro

  • Style: European-style coffee bar and café
  • No additional cost
  • Open: All day

Tastes

  • Style: Global
  • No additional cost
  • Open: Dinner

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Fast facts

980 Passengers [?]
655 Crew
13 Decks
2002 Maiden voyage
68,870 Tonnage [?]
820 Length in feet
132 Width in feet (max beam)
2012 REFURBISHED

Overheard

“Few cruise ship restaurants affiliated with celebrated chefs come close to Silk Road and The Sushi Bar. Most superstar chefs with restaurants worldwide can’t micro-manage each venue’s quality. But Japanese-born Nobu, who shot to fame with his Asian cuisine with Peruvian and European influences, makes it work.”

Porthole magazine

 

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