Crystal Serenity

Crystal Serenity Review and Specifications

Specifications of Crystal Serenity

Year built2003  /  Age : 15
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderChantiers de l’Atlantique (Saint-Nazaire, STX France)
Building costUSD 350 million
Owner(GHK) Genting Hong Kong Ltd
OperatorCrystal Ocean Cruises
Speed22 kn / 41 kph / 25 mph
Length (LOA)250 m / 820 ft
Beam (width)32 m / 105 ft
Gross Tonnage68870 gt
Passengers1090 - 1254
Crew635
Passengers-to-space ratio54
Decks13
Cabins545
Decks with cabins5
Last Refurbishment2018
Christened byJulie Andrews

Review of Crystal Serenity

Launched in 2003, Crystal Serenity cruise ship is the second and bigger of the two Crystal Ocean Cruises ships - with fleetmate Crystal Symphony (1995).

History - construction and ownership

One of the top-luxury passenger shipping companies, Crystal Cruises operates both ocean and river cruises on premium liners and newbuild riverboats with all inclusive travel package deals. Company's ships are top-ranked in numerous categories, offer intimate cruising experience, 5-star hotel amenities, superior service. The company was founded in 1988 as subsidiary of the Japanese NYK Line (Nippon Yusen Kaisha) – one of the world's largest container shipping companies. In 2015, NYK Line sold Crystal Cruises to Genting Hong Kong (GHK). Following the acquisition, the company was renamed to Crystal Ltd. It currently includes the brands Crystal Cruises (ocean-going ships), Crystal River Cruises (European riverboats), Crystal Yacht Cruises (mega-yachts), Crystal Luxury Air (aircraft) and Crystal AirCruises (fly-cruise deals).

Crystal Serenity cruise ship

The 68,870-ton, 1,080-passenger cruise ship Crystal Serenity sailed on its Inaugural Cruise on July 7, 2003 - 14-day Baltic Sea itinerary from Southampton. Ship's first World Voyage started on January 14, 2004 (106-day itinerary from LA, ending in NYC).

Crystal Serenity is the youngest of Crystal's vessels, after Crystal Harmony (launched in 1990, now Asuka 2) and near-sibling Crystal Symphony (launched 1995). In response to demand, Crystal Serenity offers twice as many penthouse cabins in comparison to fleet's other vessels. There are two paddle tennis courts (instead of one) as boat's devotees are fiercely competitive in this field.

Cruise itinerary program

Crystal Serenity itinerary program is based on a “World Cruise” (out of Miami FL or San Francisco), Caribbean voyages, Mediterranean Sea and Canada/New England Fall Foliage cruises from Quebec and NYC.

The world's most awarded luxury cruise line, Crystal Cruises included in the Serenity ship's itinerary program the legendary Northwest Passage Cruises on August 16, 2017. Crystal Serenity navigated in the Arctic Ocean leaving out of Anchorage (Seward Alaska) to NYC New York via the famous Arctic route (500 ml north of Arctic Circle). This 32-nights itinerary provided passengers with an expedition style of Arctic cruising.

The history that surrounds the route stems back to over 100 years ago when it was first completed by Roald Amundsen. This route covers 900 miles of waterways filled with stunning fjords, glaciers and vast landscapes. Crystal Serenity was escorted by the ICE 05 classed icebreaker Ernest Shackleton (equipped to navigate through ice-covered waters) through the Northwest Passage. The companion ship is operated by British Antarctic Survey and provided operational support and safety to the 1,070-passenger luxury vessel. Crystal Cruises is the first major, luxury cruise line to try a sailing through the icy waters of Northwest Passage.

Ernest Shackleton was equipped with two helicopters for emergency use, tools for oil pollution containment, high-tech communications equipment and survival rations. The crew has experience in the Northwest Passage and using the safety equipment. Crystal Serenity was upgraded with ice detection radar, ice navigation system and forward-looking sonar. The bridge team received ice navigation training, and ice pilots boarded both vessels (Ernest Shackleton and Serenity) for the crossing. The crew of Ernest Shackleton also assisted with cruise company's "Unexpected Adventures" tours - like helicopter flightseeing, Zodiac wet landings, speed boat rides and kayaking.

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In 2017 the ship had its second Northwest Passage expedition.

Cabins

Most Crystal Serenity staterooms are 225-sq.foot Balcony rooms (65%). There are a total of 623 staterooms (of which 108 Suite, 356 Balcony, no Inside rooms) in 13 categories, as well as 10 wheelchair accessible cabins. The largest aboard Crystal Serenity are the 4 Crystal Penthouses (category CP), sizes 1345 ft2 / 125 m2 (with the balcony).

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

The formal restaurant on Crystal Serenity serves open seating breakfast and lunch. Dinner is in two assigned seatings, or open seating. Although there is no additional charge for the Italian and Asian specialty restaurants, reservations are required. On select days, theme luncheons and dinners are offered poolside and special wine dinners are held in ship's Vintage Room. Other choices include the casual Lido buffet for breakfast and lunch; poolside grill for snacks and casual lunch; The Bistro specialty coffee & wine bar for snacks all day and evening. Afternoon tea is served in Crystal Serenity's Palm Court. Room service is available 24 hours, with an extensive menu. Selections can be delivered during dinner hours from the menu of the formal restaurant. Suite passengers can order from the specialty restaurants.

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Follows the complete list of Crystal Serenity restaurants and food bars.

  • “Crystal” (aft Dining Room, features gourmet menu with regionally inspired and traditional dishes; offers “Dining by Reservation” option - guests can reserve each night different time by contacting the Maitre D)
  • “The Vintage Room” (10-seat fine dining venue with sommelier service, at surcharge US$200 plus, depending on the wine selection; on special cruises it operates as “Ultimate Vintage Dining Room” and some of the most rare wines in the world are served - the cover charge sores up to US$1,000 and more)
  • “Silk Road” (Asian dinner-only specialty restaurant; reservations are recommended)
  • “The Sushi Bar” (Japanese specialty dinner restaurant; reservations-only)
  • “Prego” (Italian specialty dinner only, reservations only restaurant)
  • “Trident Bar & Grill” (fastfood venue; features lush greenery with live olive trees)
  • “Tastes” (waiter-service lido pool buffet; serves casual late Breakfast, Lunch and alfresco Dinner)
  • “Lido Cafe” (self-service buffet restaurant; serves the pool deck area).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

The Galaxy Lounge on Crystal Serenity is the main showroom for headline entertainers and award-winning Broadway-style production shows. It features comfortable seating and a rising stage for optimum viewing. In addition to sophisticated staging, the shows each feature elaborate costumes created by renowned designers.

Crystal Serenity amenities include: 24-Hour Room-Service, Internet/WiFi Access, Babysitting, Laundry & Self-Serve Laundromats.

Crystal Serenity cruise ship

Follows the complete list of Crystal Serenity lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • “Crystal Cove” (piano bar)
  • “Galaxy Lounge” (main show lounge for grand show productions; with a large hydraulic stage and a full orchestra)
  • The “Crystal Casino” (410 m2, with 86 slots and poker machines, gambling tables)
  • “Hollywood Theatre” (cinema with a stage for live performances; also hosts conferences, lectures, presentations, Broadway-style show productions, comedy shows)
  • “Pulse” disco & nightclub (hosts DJ program nightly, karaoke and trivia shows)
  • “Avenue of the Stars” (280 m2 shopping area; has four duty-free boutique shops - Crystal Collection, Apropos, Facets, Captain’s Choice)
  • “The Bistro” (Paris-inspired specialty coffee bar, all-complimentary)
  • The Serenity’s “Library” (3000+ books in different languages, movies and videos, board games)
  • “Stardust Club” (lounge & bar; hosts daily trivia quizzes, presentations, bingo games, music performances in the evening)
  • “Photo Shop” (photo and video services, accessories, equipment)
  • “Connoisseur Club” (fine cognac and cigar club/smoking lounge)
  • “Avenue Saloon” (piano bar)
  • “Computer University @ Sea” (24-hour 25-seat capacity Internet computers room; hosts computer and Internet classes)
  • “The Studio” (serves the “Creative Learning” enrichment program: language lessons, digital film making, Yamaha keyboard and piano lessons, all complimentary)
  • “Bridge Lounge” (cards playing room)
  • “Palm Court” (observation lounge & bar; serves Afternoon Tea, hosts art auctions, themed parties, classic concerts)
  • “Waves” (teen club lounge)
  • “Fantasia” (kids club lounge area with two playrooms for children 3-7yo and 8-12yo; baby sitting is available for toddlers 1+ yo)
  • Seahorse Pool area (with a lap pool flanked by two Whirlpools); Neptune Pool area
  • “Scoops” (outdoor Ice Cream Bar)
  • “Fitness Center” (with panoramic floor-ceiling windows; has a separate room for complimentary classes (yoga, pilates, aerobics)
  • “Crystal Spa” (540 m2 Feng Shui-inspired Wellness Center; includes the Gym, relaxation area, treatment rooms, 2 saunas/steam rooms and the “Crystal Salon”)
  • Promenade deck (walking/jogging track; hosts the “Walk On Water” daily walking programme)
  • The Sports Area (Tennis Tables, two Golf Driving Nets, Putting Green)
  • Deck Games (Shuffleboard); Tennis Tables; “Wimbledon Court” (2 tennis courts); Golf Putting Green.

Crystal Serenity wiki

  • On July 9, 2002, the vessel’s keel was laid at Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in St Nazaire.
  • On July 3, 2003, the cruise ship was christened in Southampton, England, by the UK actress Julie Andrews.
  • On July 7, 2003, was the ship’s Inaugural cruise - 14-days roundtrip itinerary from Southampton UK to Northern European ports of call.
  • On January 14, 2004, the ship started its first "Around The World Cruise"”, leaving from USA (Los Angeles CA) on a 106-day itinerary (Jan 14 - May 5) ending in NYC New York.
  • The Crystal ship Serenity is shiny, beautiful, very spacious, with staff ready to assist you at any time. You will find calm and quiet atmosphere onboard. The decoration of the Serenity ships makes her very elegant. The ship's interior colors are calming – muted golds, greens, blues, grays and reds. The Serenity staterooms' furniture and wood accents are in the darker gamma, but you will find lively colorful bed covers, curtains, upholstery and wall coverings. Designer companies - Tillberg, Garroni, Okada, Nix Firestone, Stephenjohn, II By IV, BBGM/Interiors.
  • In Summer 2016, Crystal Serenity became the world's 3rd cruise ship with a Northwest Passage Cruise - after the 2013 voyages of Compagnie du Ponant ships Le Soleal and Le Boreal. The 32-days long one-way itinerary was from Seward Alaska to NYC New York (August 16 to September 16), with ports of call Kodiak Island Alaska (Aug 17), Dutch Harbor Unalaska (Aug 19), Nome Alaska (Aug 21), Victoria Island Nunavut Canada (Aug 27 and 29), Baffin Island Nunavut Canada (Sept 4), Ilulissat Greenland (Sept 7), Sisimiut Greenland (Sept 8), Nuuk Greenland (Sept 9), Bar Harbor Maine (Sept 13), Boston Massachusetts (Sept 14) and Newport Rhode Island (Sept 15). In 2017 the Serenity ship has scheduled a second Northwest Passage transit. The 2017 cruise itinerary (32-days Seward to New York City, August 15 through September 15) included the same ports of call - Kodiak Island Alaska (Aug 16), Dutch Harbor Unalaska (Aug 18), Nome Alaska (Aug 20), Victoria Island Nunavut Canada (Aug 25 and 28), Baffin Island Nunavut Canada (Sept 3), Ilulissat Greenland (Sept 6), Sisimiut Greenland (Sept 7), Nuuk Greenland (Sept 8), Bar Harbor Maine USA (Sept 12), Boston Massachusetts USA (Sept 13) and Newport Rhode Island USA (Sept 14). The cruise prices started from around USD 22,000 per person (double occupancy rates).

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Crystal Serenity Itineraries

The below listed Crystal Serenity cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Crystal Cruises fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2018 Oct 07 7 days, one-way from Barcelona to Lisbon Barcelona
2018 Nov 10 11 days, one-way from Lisbon to Fort Lauderdale Lisbon$3135
2018 Nov 21 16 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles Fort Lauderdale$4420
2018 Dec 07 14 days, round-trip Pacific Coast Panorama - Round-trip Los Angeles Los Angeles$3635
2018 Dec 07 8 days, one-way from Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta Los Angeles$2305
2018 Dec 15 6 days, one-way from Puerto Vallarta to Los Angeles Puerto Vallarta$1730
2018 Dec 21 16 days, round-trip Hawaiian Holidays - Round-trip Los Angeles Los Angeles$6290
2019 Jan 06 7 days, round-trip Coastal California Getaway - Round-trip Los Angeles Los Angeles$1925
2019 Jan 13 85 days, one-way from Los Angeles to Monte Carlo Los Angeles
2019 Jan 14 22 days, one-way from Los Angeles to Auckland Los Angeles$11180
2019 Feb 05 15 days, one-way from Auckland to Fremantle Auckland$8920
2019 Feb 20 21 days, one-way from Fremantle to Cape Town Fremantle$10985
2019 Mar 13 26 days, one-way from Cape Town to Monte Carlo Cape Town$9765
2019 Apr 08 10 days, one-way from Monte Carlo to Venice Monte Carlo$4685
2019 Apr 18 9 days, one-way from Venice to Piraeus Venice$4495
2019 Apr 27 7 days, round-trip Greek Isles Fantasy - Round-trip Athens Piraeus$5330
2019 May 04 7 days, one-way from Piraeus to Civitavecchia Piraeus$4480
2019 May 11 6 days, round-trip Riviera Romance - Round-trip Rome Civitavecchia$2270
2019 May 17 6 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Barcelona Civitavecchia$2360
2019 May 23 6 days, round-trip Riviera Playground - Round-trip Barcelona Barcelona$3810
2019 May 29 12 days, one-way from Barcelona to Dover Barcelona$6120
2019 Jun 10 11 days, one-way from Dover to Reykjavik Dover$6730
2019 Jun 21 16 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Copenhagen Reykjavik$15665
2019 Jul 07 10 days, one-way from Copenhagen to Stockholm Copenhagen$4975
2019 Jul 17 12 days, one-way from Stockholm to Amsterdam Stockholm$7120
2019 Jul 29 14 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Lisbon Amsterdam$6920
2019 Aug 12 11 days, one-way from Lisbon to Monte Carlo Lisbon$5635
2019 Aug 23 8 days, one-way from Monte Carlo to Civitavecchia Monte Carlo$4030
2019 Aug 31 7 days, round-trip Ligurian Sea Medley - Round-trip Rome Civitavecchia$3445
2019 Sep 07 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Venice Civitavecchia$3445
2019 Sep 14 7 days, round-trip Adriatic Adventure - Round-trip Venice Venice$3695
2019 Sep 21 12 days, one-way from Venice to Barcelona Venice$4725
2019 Oct 03 7 days, one-way from Barcelona to Civitavecchia Barcelona$2385
2019 Oct 10 13 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Piraeus Civitavecchia$6755
2019 Oct 23 13 days, one-way from Piraeus to Barcelona Piraeus$5145
2019 Nov 05 7 days, one-way from Barcelona to Lisbon Barcelona$2590
2019 Nov 12 12 days, one-way from Lisbon to Fort Lauderdale Lisbon$2945
2019 Nov 24 12 days, round-trip Holiday Sojourn - Round-trip Fort Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale$2775
2019 Dec 06 8 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to San Juan Fort Lauderdale$2035
2019 Dec 14 8 days, one-way from San Juan to Miami San Juan$2035
2019 Dec 22 15 days, round-trip Haute Caribbean Holidays - Round-trip Miami Miami$6680
2020 Jan 06 106 days, one-way from Miami to Civitavecchia Miami$35624
2020 Jan 07 15 days, one-way from Miami to Los Angeles Miami$5049
2020 Jan 22 90 days, one-way from Los Angeles to Civitavecchia Los Angeles$26362
2020 Jan 22 13 days, one-way from Los Angeles to Papeete Los Angeles$5649
2020 Feb 04 15 days, one-way from Papeete to Auckland Papeete$6349
2020 Feb 19 13 days, one-way from Auckland to Sydney Auckland$7349
2020 Mar 03 17 days, one-way from Sydney to Singapore Sydney$7749
2020 Mar 20 14 days, one-way from Singapore to Mumbai Singapore$6049
2020 Apr 03 18 days, one-way from Mumbai to Civitavecchia Mumbai$6099
2020 Apr 21 19 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Venice Civitavecchia$6507
2020 Apr 21 12 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Monte Carlo Civitavecchia$4099
2020 May 03 28 days, one-way from Monte Carlo to Civitavecchia Monte Carlo$10354
2020 May 03 7 days, one-way from Monte Carlo to Venice Monte Carlo$2749
2020 May 10 28 days, round-trip Renaissance Reverie - Round-trip Venice Venice$10544
2020 May 10 21 days, one-way from Venice to Civitavecchia Venice$7742
2020 May 10 12 days, one-way from Venice to Barcelona Venice$4749
2020 May 22 9 days, one-way from Barcelona to Civitavecchia Barcelona$3399
2020 May 31 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Venice Civitavecchia$2949
2020 Jun 07 7 days, one-way from Venice to Piraeus Venice$2949
2020 Jun 14 19 days, one-way from Piraeus to Civitavecchia Piraeus$7124
2020 Jun 14 12 days, one-way from Piraeus to Barcelona Piraeus$4749
2020 Jun 26 14 days, one-way from Barcelona to Monte Carlo Barcelona$5224
2020 Jun 26 7 days, one-way from Barcelona to Civitavecchia Barcelona$2749
2020 Jul 03 28 days, round-trip Emperors & Icons - Round-trip Rome Civitavecchia$10497
2020 Jul 03 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Monte Carlo Civitavecchia$2749
2020 Jul 10 9 days, one-way from Monte Carlo to Venice Monte Carlo$3549
2020 Jul 19 12 days, one-way from Venice to Civitavecchia Venice$4749
2020 Jul 31 16 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Monte Carlo Civitavecchia$6317
2020 Jul 31 9 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Barcelona Civitavecchia$3749
2020 Aug 09 14 days, one-way from Barcelona to Civitavecchia Barcelona$5557
2020 Aug 09 7 days, one-way from Barcelona to Monte Carlo Barcelona$2899
2020 Aug 16 7 days, one-way from Monte Carlo to Civitavecchia Monte Carlo$2949
2020 Aug 23 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Barcelona Civitavecchia$2749
2020 Aug 30 13 days, one-way from Barcelona to Quebec City Barcelona$5199
2020 Sep 20 8 days, one-way from New York to Quebec City New York$2949
2020 Sep 28 8 days, one-way from Quebec City to New York Quebec City$2949
2020 Oct 06 8 days, one-way from New York to Quebec City New York$3299
2020 Oct 14 8 days, one-way from Quebec City to New York Quebec City$3299
2020 Oct 22 8 days, one-way from New York to Quebec City New York$2699
2020 Oct 30 22 days, one-way from Quebec City to Miami Quebec City$6507
2020 Oct 30 13 days, one-way from Quebec City to Miami Quebec City$4049
2020 Nov 12 9 days, round-trip Tropical Island Tapestry - Round-trip Miami Miami$2799
2020 Nov 21 11 days, round-trip Caribbean Chic - Round-trip Miami Miami$3749
2020 Dec 02 7 days, round-trip Tropical Serenade - Round-trip Miami Miami$1899
2020 Dec 09 14 days, round-trip Idyllic Island Holiday - Round-trip Miami Miami$3752
2020 Dec 09 7 days, one-way from Miami to San Juan Miami$1999
2020 Dec 16 7 days, one-way from San Juan to Miami San Juan$1949
2020 Dec 23 13 days, round-trip Holidays in the Caribbean - Round-trip Miami Miami$5749
2021 Jan 05 139 days, one-way from Miami to Dover Miami$49162
2021 Jan 05 127 days, one-way from Miami to Civitavecchia Miami$44649
2021 Jan 05 16 days, one-way from Miami to Los Angeles Miami$4449
2021 Jan 21 123 days, one-way from Los Angeles to Dover Los Angeles$44554
2021 Jan 21 111 days, one-way from Los Angeles to Civitavecchia Los Angeles$40042
2021 Jan 21 21 days, one-way from Los Angeles to Brisbane Los Angeles$6249
2021 Feb 11 18 days, one-way from Brisbane to Hong Kong Brisbane$5999
2021 Mar 01 12 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Tokyo Hong Kong$4749
2021 Mar 13 12 days, one-way from Tokyo to Shanghai Tokyo$4749
2021 Mar 25 14 days, one-way from Shanghai to Singapore Shanghai$8499
2021 Apr 08 16 days, one-way from Singapore to Dubai Singapore$4849
2021 Apr 24 18 days, one-way from Dubai to Civitavecchia Dubai$6549
2021 May 12 12 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Dover Civitavecchia$4349