The Crystal Serenity – one of the ships from Crystal Cruises, 4-time winner of the Best Luxury Cruise Line award and ultra-luxe around-the-world voyage operator – has emerged from its month-long redesign with a slew of new features that will make her future journeys all the more plush for her passengers.
Passengers looking to sail around the world in luxury on this 13-deck ship can look forward to an array of new dining options, refreshed public spaces, as well as two exclusive new room classes, the Seabreeze Penthouses and Suites.
Brazilian-style barbecue-cum-bar The Marketplace and Churrascaria offer guests a variety of tasty tapas, cocktails, as well as delicious meats straight from the grill. Meanwhile, the Stardust Supper Club is a decadent tribute to the 1950s rat pack era: it’s a sexy, black-tie cocktail bar that offers live music along with a sumptuous four-course dinner.
The new Seabreeze Penthouses and Suites – which retain their spa-like bathrooms and dedicated butler services – have been redesigned to include more contemporary touches, including gemstone-coloured velvet upholstery and brushed brass touches with marble details. Public areas like the Palm Court have been fitted with new accoutrements, like a fresh new central bar for guests to converge on during the evenings, as well as more intimate nooks for private gatherings.
Though the ship’s overall transformation has reduced its passenger capacity from 1,070 guests to 980 guests, the number of crew remains the same, making for a more intimate experience overall.
Several technological enhancements have also been made to modernise guests’ onboard experience. Crystal Connect is a new app designed to allow passengers to access a wealth of information straight from their devices. They can view itinerary details, daily menus, shore excursions and access numerous complimentary newspapers and entertainment options from around the world. All guestrooms have also been updated with new smart TVs, allowing guests to access live views of the ship cameras and a variety of on-demand films.
Crystal’s worldwide voyages for the next three years – from 2019 through 2021- are now available for booking. www.crystalcruises.com ◼
© This article was first published online in Jan 2019 – World Travel Magazine.