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,
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
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.