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Rooms on the Crystal Serenity

Balconoy stateroom on the Crystal Serenity Photo, Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico

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 and a variety of glassware.

The beds are so comfortable - a mattress topper, Egyptian cotton sheets, a pillow menu (we like the king-size down pillow) and a down duvet makes you feel as thought you're sleeping on a cloud. During the day, the duvet is changed to a spread. Once home we ordered pillows and a topper from this hotel supplier - Hotel Down Shop - take a look - interesting...

Closets are good size with a light that goes on automatically when opened - there are extra drawers here and also a small safe. Look further...slippers and two Frette Robes! Turn around...a full length mahogany mirror.

The bathrooms...the best at sea...all have a tub with a large shower head and good water pressure. Twin sinks in a granite counter top set into a mahogany vanity....Aveda products - large size - and two hair dryers, a magnifying make up mirror and both a fluffy rug and a bath mat.

The balconies are very private with two padded reclining chairs and a small table. You'll enjoy having cappucino in the morning, drinks and hor's doevres at sunset and possibly even dinner under the stars. Room service waiters will answer your call 24 hours a day.

The suites and penthouses include extra amenities such as walk-in closets, scales, flat screen TV's, jacuzzi tubs, separate glass enclosed shower, upgraded furniture, teak balcony furniture and the attention of a concierge.

Twice a day service by the room attendant with pillow chocolates each night, 24-hour room service, high speed Internet access - this rivals the services and amenities offered by many luxury hotels.

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