Crystal Serenity’s Virtual Preview

Web site offers agents a look at new cabins, video clips of ship’s construction progress

By: Robert Carlsen

Executives from Crystal Cruises were out on the road recently to tell travel agents and frequent customers about its new entry, the Crystal Serenity, due to set sail July 7, 2003.

During the travel agent receptions, Crystal unveiled 3-D images of the new ship and has loaded them on its Web site, www.crystalcruises.com.

The animated virtual tours show a variety of public rooms and cabins, as well as the first video clips of the construction progress at Chantiers de l’Atlantique in St. Nazaire, France.

Other Serenity highlights on the site include deck plans, day-to-day itineraries for the ship’s inaugural season, route maps and detailed port descriptions.

The 68,000-ton Crystal Serenity will feature a higher space-per-guest ratio (635 staff members for 1,080 passengers) than her sister ships, the Crystal Harmony and the Crystal Symphony.

Of the 548 cabins, 85% of all outside staterooms and suites will have private verandas. On a deck-and-a-half, 100 penthouse cabins will include four, 1,345-square-foot Crystal Penthouses. The new ship will also offer nearly double the number of Penthouse Suites (32 vs. 18 on the Symphony), and more Penthouses (64 vs. 44 on the Symphony). In addition, the Serenity will feature a new category of penthouse accommodations, the Penthouse Stateroom with veranda, and will increase butler service by 300% over the line’s other two ships.

In addition to the penthouse cabins, the Crystal Serenity offers 366 outside staterooms with verandas, 80 outside staterooms with large picture windows, and eight wheelchair-accessible staterooms and penthouses in a range of accommodation levels.

The Serenity will have three alternative specialty restaurants the Italian Prego, the pan-Asian Silk Road and The Sushi Bar in addition to the main dining room and the indoor/outdoor poolside casual dining restaurant. The new ship’s Crystal Spa will be 60% larger than the spas aboard the Harmony and the Symphony.

Entertainment venues include the Galaxy Lounge, for production shows; the Stardust Club, a cabaret lounge that doubles for daytime dance classes and wine tastings; the Palm Court/ Sunset Bar, the top deck lounge; and two new spaces the Studio, which will feature a variety of creative and educational hands-on classes, and the Vintage Room, a classic boardroom with a wine cellar.

The ship’s Computer University@Sea classroom will be 50% larger than the other ships.

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