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Serenity, Crystal Cruises: Chic and Style

From the house of Crystal Cruise line, popularly known as Crystal Cruises, who has rave reviews and accolades ever since it first entered its ship in the luxury traveling market. Since July 1990, Crystal Cruises, have rendered their impeccable services and offered thousands of people the unique combination of opulence cruising, discreet sophistication, style and chic fashion and world class cuisine. Such is their services; this ultimate combo is called “The Crystal Experience”. Crystal Cruise redefined the market of luxury cruises, voyaging through sea routes, spinning the globe, giving a great cruise atmosphere and experience and such is the difference which is crystal clear!

Serenity Crystal cruisesChic, modish, Style, elegant and attractive all in cruising don’t go much hand in hand, sophisticated ships are harder to find, Crystal Cruise introduced yet another marvelous fleet, SERENITY, and its considered as the best ship in world. Focus, that’s what makes this ship float out in waters, fashion and style is center point, having chic time onboard is guaranteed, giving every dollar its value addition, and keeping with the character of Crystal Cruises, Serenity has kept its tradition high and dry floating.

Serenity as a word defined as “the state when you are peaceful or quality of serene”, with the sublime onboard experience, Crystal Cruise- Serenity was the name that they choose for their third ship which was launched in July 2003.

Serenity, bring a new wave in the cruise traveling, with increasing the dinning options, housing a great number of staterooms with frontal verandah and penthouse- exquisite, with the best permutation of entertainment, educational pursuits and fitness with spa. It’s the merging of unwavering service, opulence choices, unparalleled quality and adding of anticipations and expectations of guests and giving value and worth to every moment that’s spend on cruise. Together it has given a new success formula for award-winning and accolade gaining to Crystal Cruise, all cruisers and setting a benchmark in cruise and ship industry as well as benchmark in service sector and travel industry.

Serenity creates ultimate luxurious holiday experience-exemplary attention to every intricate detail by warm and friendly personalized services giving a pampering combination.

Crystal Cruise’s Serenity has been constructed at Chantiers de l’Atlantique in St. Nazaire, France, the ship’s design is done by well-regarded naval architect Robert Tillberg of Tillberg Design, along with supported team of many of the world-leading designers.

In words of Gregg L. Michel, President, Crystal Cruises “The name and the ship speak to what people desire now more than ever — a soothing, yet rejuvenating travel experience Crystal Serenity will expand on the best of Crystal Harmony and Crystal Symphony with innovations that will complement the brand consistency valued by our guests and travel agents.”


Crystal Cruises hallmark: Exceptional services

Crystal Cruise has received the “World’s Best Service” as designation, from a survey conducted, which asked thousands of Travel + Leisure magazine’s subscribers to rate the cruise lines, hotels and spas on the basis of treating their customers as in the best ways. The score of Crystal’s services outshined all other cruise lines, with large or small, along with their spas throughout the travel and hospitability industry in world. this accolade and award put them into an enviable leagues along with some of world’s most prestigious name in travel — Canyon Ranch Health Resort, Tucson; The Mansion on Turtle Creek, Dallas, The Peninsula, Hong Kong; Hotel Cipriani, Venice, Ritz Carlton hotels and resorts and Hotel Cipriani, Venice.

The Crystal Cruise’s European-trained staff is consistently winning praises for their attentiveness, professionalism and friendliness. Crystal Cruise’s assures personalization, with one of highest guest-to-crew ratios in cruising, with Crystal Serenity boasting of 635 staff-members that serves 1,080 guests.

The human resources planning for Crystal Serenity included:

  • One-third staff  of Crystal Harmony
  • One-third of Crystal Symphony
  • One-third new hires.

Crystal Serenity’s staff team had to undergo some extensive training programs like shore side staff does.

Crystal Serenity is designed for worldwide voyaging; the ship is powered by environmentally-friendly diesel engines and with an azimuthal pod propulsion system which will enable greater maneuverability.

  • The Personal accommodations on aboard the Crystal Serenity: 548 in all
  • Personal accommodations will reflect more range, spaciousness and choice. In total the eighty five percent are all outside suites and staterooms that have private verandahs offering.
  • On the deck and also a half, there are the exclusive and exquisite Penthouses accommodations: 100 which is said to be 56% additional than its sister ship called Crystal Symphony.
  • Penthouses:
    1,345 square-foot Crystal Penthouses: four said to be 37% larger than those in the Crystal cruise’s existing fleet and also two more when compared to its elder sibling Crystal Symphony.
  • Penthouse Suites: Penthouse Suite
    32 which is double the number of 18 as board of Crystal Symphony
  • Penthouses:
    64 which is also in greater number as compared to 44 of Crystal Symphony.
  • In addition to these, Crystal Serenity possesses a absolutely new class of penthousing accommodations, that is the Penthouse stateroom which has verandah attached.
  • Penthouses have butler services and as compared to sister ships Crystal Symphony and Crystal Harmon, it will increases by 300% of the butler services.
  • In maintaining with Crystal’s Cruise successful approach, giving a variety of luxury accommodations, there are
  • Outside stateroom with verandah: 366,
  • Outside stateroom having large picture windows: 80
  • And keeping in mind the need of special needy people there are eight penthouses and staterooms that are specially designed, which have wheelchair accessible in a series of accommodations levels.

Crystal Symphony and Crystal Harmony have alternative type of specialty restaurants, and Crystal Serenity has three and along with others:

  • An Italian restaurant Prego
  • Reminiscent of northern Italy
  • Valentino at Prego:
    Offering a ‘seasonally-changing’ menu along with its own menu which features wine and cuisine menu listings of the well-regarded ‘Los Angeles Valentino restaurant’;
  • Silk Road: an elegant pan-Asian restaurant
  • The Sushi Bar: for first time, features exclusive menu selected by the famous Nobu Matsuhisa.
  • Also there are in total five evening dining venues: includes the main Crystal Dining Room and also there is an indoor as well as outdoor poolside arena for having casual evening time dining.

Crystal Serenity has also popular day time lunching and meal venues on the board, from its previous successful venues and along with some new addition:

  • Tastes:
    This one is new; a permanent hot food counter, that’s on aft of ships’ second pool, offering international food fare right through the day, service theme luncheon buffets and you can also have casual evening time dining.
  • The Bistro:
    Bistro Crystal SerenityThe popular, stylish European-inspired featuring coffee and wine bar, especially for morning breakfast and afternoon time snacks
  • Lido Café:
    The country-club style, serving breakfast and luncheon
  • The Trident Bar & Grill:
    Casual poolside luncheons serving all time in the afternoon
  • Scoops Ice Cream Bar
  • Also there is 24-hour complimentary room service.
  • Sybaritic Crystal Spa: 8,200 square feet, designed as per the principles of Feng Shui. The area for spa is 60% larger than Spas on the boards of Crystal Symphony and Crystal Harmony. Sybaritic Crystal Spa has additional treatment rooms.
  • Fitness Center which is very large as it has separate space for Weights Room and also for the Aerobics Studio and as per high and low impact classes.
  • Cruise also includes complimentary Pilates and Yoga instructions.
  • Wimbledon Court: very popular with guests
  • Tennis court: coz of the popularity this was added second
  • Seahorse Pool from its previous fleet is add on coz of popularity
  • lap pool: an outdoor
  • Jacuzzis: two outdoor
  • Neptune Pool: indoor/outdoor pool which is covered by a macrodome roof
  • Promenade Deck: that is around exterior of the ship for jogging and walking
  • Sports Deck: golf driving range with complimentary instructions by PGA pros
  • Shuffleboard court
  • Table tennis area.
  • Crystal Cruises’ shows of entertainment and along with enriching educational programs have receives the cruise line copious awards and highest ratings, accolades and acclamations from guests as well as critics. The Serenity is promising for great entertainment, social experiences, and enriching interesting learning activities on board with increasing opportunities and venues.
  • The Galaxy Lounge:
    the main entertainment venue showing fleet’s distinguishing award-winning productions shows. The venue features more number of spacious seating arrangements, better sight lines with state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems.
  • The Stardust Club:
    A cabaret lounge and also a venue for activities conducting in day like dance classes, wine tasting, evening dancing and in night there is cabaret entertainment.
  • The Palm Court/Sunset Bar:
    Its Crystal Cruise’s signature, a top deck lounging area for sipping afternoon tea, doing and enjoying evening dancing and loads of other entertainment, like special events conducted there. And if there is nothing going its simply one such good place for enjoying the change of scenery, as its beautifully made with floor-to-ceiling of 180° panoramic view windows and there is new room extension done which offers ultimate views through glass-enclosing bridge wings which is one deck below.

Adding two innovative new spaces on the Crystal Serenity:The Vintage Room

  • The Studio:
    That offers educational as well as creative hands-on classes
  • The Vintage Room:
    A new classic and chic boardroom which has wine cellar.

Also there is ship’s new Computer University@Sea classroom which is 50% larger then its previous computer rooms on Crystal’s Cruise fleet, having 24-hour Internet access and an also a designated area given for giving private instruction.

  • The Caesars Palace at Sea Casino:
    4,123-square-foot, a casino which is exclusive alliance made between Crystal Cruises fleets and the famous Las Vegas Gaming Establishments. Its one of the largest luxurious casinos floating on sea.
  • Avenue Saloon
  • Cocktail and Piano bar: Crystal’s signature, intimate, and having “clubby” atmosphere
  • Connoisseur Club: refined cigar lounge having private club ambiance
  • Crystal Cove and Crystal Plaza: lobby areas with two-story atriums, having comfy seating arrangements
  • Crystal piano bar
  • Pulse disco: A late night nightclub for karaoke and dancing
  • Hollywood Theatre:
    For watching cinema, i.e. theater with comfortable seating arena available for day and evening latest and classic movies and also a conference center, where there are lectures and even religious services.
  • The Bridge Lounge: for accommodating Crystal’s keen bridge players
  • The Constellation Suites and the Century: allowed to use for meetings and even the informal gatherings.
  • The Library: housing thousands of books, DVDs and video’s
  • Fantasia: the main spot for the organizing Junior Activities Program,
  • Waves: a teen center and also video games arcade.
  • The Photo Shop: services for digital processing and getting some professional shoots done.
  • The Avenue of the Stars:
    A shopping arcade which has stores of Apropos and Captain’s Choice and also Facets boutiques, all together selling upscale jewelry, clothing, gift items, souvenirs and specialty items.

Crystal Serenity a floating sanctuary, that’s pampering guests with state-of-the-art amenities, an innovative cross between ultra-deluxe boutique ship and upper level of the premium group market. Crystal Serenity, while cruising is friendly, as to feel right at home, even though Serenity is large enough to have solitude and be anonymous if you wish to be. And definitely luxurious, chic, style and elegant.

Crystal Serenity’s Stats:

Year built: 2002

Price tag: US$ 350 million

Yard: Chantiers de l’Atlantique, St Nazaire, France

Gross Tonnage: 68,870

Length: 250.0 m (820.2 ft)

Beam: 32.2 m (111.5 ft)

Passengers (norm.): 1,096

Passengers (max): 1,140

Crew: 655

Service speed: 22.0 knots

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