Crystal Serenity Review

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  • Overall Rating: 4.5-stars 4.5
  • Expert Rating:5.0-stars 5.0
  • Traveler Rating:4.0-stars 4.0
    • Couples: 3.8
    • Families w/ young children: 1.0
    • Families w/ older children: 5.0
    • Singles/Friends: 4.2
    • Groups: 5.0
  • Health Rating:
  • Price: $$$$
  • Year Built: 2003
  • Refurbished: 2011
  • Ship Size: M
  • Total Cabins: 545
  • Restaurants: 6
  • Pools: 2

How it Ranks: Crystal Serenity ranks #2 out of 2 Crystal Cruises Cruise Ships based on an analysis of expert and user ratings, as well as health ratings.

Crystal Serenity first set sail in 2003, but thanks to a $17 million renovation in 2013, the ship now features new Crystal Penthouses and a series of restaurants, including Tastes, which specializes in international cuisine. A main highlight is the new herb garden (added in 2013 to the Lido Deck), which boasts olive trees and fresh lavender. And with 12 onboard restaurants, including specialty venues Prego and Silk Road & The Sushi Bar (a Japanese-inspired venue that serves dishes prepared by Nobu-trained chefs), there are plenty of dining options. In terms of lodging, 85 percent of all staterooms are appointed with verandas (all staterooms offer windows), and each comes outfitted with a flat-screen TV, minifridge, a spacious bathroom appointed with a bathtub and double sink and Wi-Fi access (for a fee). Guests staying in a Penthouse category room have access to extras like Jacuzzis, nightly hors' d'oeuvres and personal butler service. And with its language classes (taught at the Creative Learning Institute), wine and food tastings, and personalized service with 655 crew members catering to 1,070 guests, Crystal has long garnered high marks from cruisers and critics for its tailored onboard experience. There's also a Feng Shui-inspired spa, five bars and lounges and a casino. For travelers craving more activity, the ship also offers plenty of diversions — from "Tour de Spin" indoor cycling classes to the complimentary golf lessons taught by PGA pros on the top deck (on select cruises). In 2015, Crystal Serenity will make its way around the world, with voyages to the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, South America, Australia, the South Pacific, Africa, Europe and the Mediterranean.

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Crystal Serenity Cabins

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Crystal Serenity Deck Plans

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Disclaimers about ship ratings: A ship's Health Rating is based on vessel inspection scores published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If a ship did not receive a CDC score within 22 months prior to the calculation of its Overall Rating, its Health Rating appears as N/A; in such a case, the ship's Overall Rating is calculated using the average Health Rating of all CDC-rated ships within the cruise line. All ship Traveler Ratings are based on ratings provided under license by Cruiseline.com.