Western Caribbean Journals

Crystal Serenity Cruise Experience

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A January 2006 trip to Western Caribbean by Cantin2

Crystal Cruise Tea Time Photo, More Photos
Quote: We enjoy cruising - Crystal Harmony was one of our favorite cruises. We had the chance to experience the Serenity - a larger ship.

Crystal Cruise Lines - Passengers

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Crystal Serenity can accommodate 1080 passengers - all in ocean view rooms - 85% of them have verandas and two entire floors are dedicated to suites or penthouses. The Serenity is the Four Seasons and the Ritz of cruises. This elegant vessel deserves all of its awards as "Best large cruise ship" according to Conde Nast Traveller magazine for the past few years.Passengers on this cruise were mostly North Americans over 50 years old... many of them retired who have travelled extensively. They appreciate good service, nice surroundings, and the opportunities for "learning at sea" that Crystal provides. They dress elegantly even on casual nights, and men wear pants instead of shorts during the day...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 31, 2007

Gym Photo,
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The best cruise ship entertainment that I've experienced - great views from anywhere in the showroom and the singers, dancers and costumes are Broadway quality. Staging is lacking, probably due to the small area that they are working in.There is some type of musical production each evening. In house entertainment in the lounges consist of piano players, a dance band, a sextet, and a DJ. Other entertainers are brought on for a few days - magician, comedian, cabaret singer, classical pianist, and dancers - and of course the guest's talent can shine at Karaoke.For the spa, a feng shui design is a perfect blend for the Serenity - with aroma therapy - Asian design, quiet music, and soft col...Read More

Daytme activities on the Serenity

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Crystal Cruise Tea Time Photo,
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Crystal Cruise Line is noted for it's Creative Learning Institute. On days at sea there is always room by the pool showing that many guests are busy with the learning activities offered.One room is dedicated to music instruction on Yamaha Digital Pianos with lessons twice daily, mostly geared to the beginner. The great surprise here was that at the end of the week, anyone who took a lesson was entered into a drawing for a new piano. A nice perk! The card room always seemed busy with either bridge games or instruction at various levels. Berlitz social conversation language classes are taught on each cruise—Spanish was the choice on this cruise, appropriate for visiting Mexico—again designe...Read More

Dining choices on the Crystal Serenity

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Crystal Serenity Cruise Ship Photo, Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico
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Serenity continues the tradition of assigned tables at two seatings. Their surveys show that guests are comfortable knowing that they'll interact with the same people each night and establish a comfortable feeling with their waiters. This may be a result of the older age group represented on this ship and the fact that many guests are traveling solo. But there are other venues to vary the experience for those desiring more choice.The CRYSTAL DINING ROOM is elegantly appointed with tables for two along the windows and larger tables centrally placed. The menu is ever-changing to provide variety for the long voyages on it's itinerary. Service is friendly and efficient with at least four choice...Read More

Rooms on the Crystal Serenity

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Balconoy stateroom on the Crystal Serenity Photo, Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico
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The Serenity can accommodate 1080 passengers, all in oceanview rooms - 85% of these have verandahs and two floors are dedicated to suites or penthouses. Take a tour of the ship here. Rooms are large and very comfortable for a cruise ship, furnishings are dark wood with fabrics of gold, light blue and some suites are done in shades of green. All have a sofa and hydraulic coffee table that raises up for meals. The built-in combination desk/armoire has a mirror with subtle lighting, a TV, DVD player, small refrigerator stocked with soda and water and replenished daily. There are drawers and shelves for storage a...Read More