(7:10 p.m. EST) — Lower than two weeks earlier than it arrives within the U.S., Crystal Cruises’ Crystal Serenity has emerged from its most in depth refurbishment ever — boasting new eating choices and lodging, redesigned leisure venues, a brand new manufacturing present and a slew of technological upgrades.
The luxurious cruise ship — whose passenger capability dropped from 1,zero70 to 980 with the addition of 36 new penthouses and two new penthouse suites — follows within the footsteps of its sister ship, Crystal Symphony, which acquired the same makeover in fall 2017. (Learn our first impressions of Crystal Symphony post-refurb.)
“The scope of this redesign is actually exceptional. Our ocean ships stay on the coronary heart of our model and our dedication to their continued excellence and success is unwavering,” mentioned Crystal’s president and CEO, Tom Wolber. “The modifications aboard Crystal Serenityare a fantastic reaffirmation of Crystal’s timeless type and luxurious, which continues to evolve with the preferences of luxurious vacationers however will at all times be rooted within the cornerstones of real, personalised service, considerable house, excellent high quality and quite a few selections.”
Crystal Serenity will depart from Lisbon on November 10, en path to Fort Lauderdale, the place it’s going to sail a repositioning cruise to its subsequent homeport of Los Angeles. From December to mid-January, it’s going to supply Mexican Riviera cruises roundtrip from Los Angeles, earlier than embarking on an 85-night world cruise from Los Angeles to Monte Carlo.
Under is a breakdown of what is new:
Waterside: Previously the Crystal Eating Room, this fundamental restaurant now affords open-seating breakfast, lunch and dinner in a brand new, modern but cozy setting, with extra tables for 2 and 4. Each day altering menus proceed to serve worldwide traditional and fashionable delicacies.
The Market and Churrascaria: The daytime and night sections of the Lido Cafe have been remodeled into the Market and Churrascaria, the place buffet-style breakfast and lunch hours are served through the day, and an open-seating, Brazilian-style barbeque takes the stage at night time. Right here, diners are welcomed with a Caipirinha cocktail and may take pleasure in a collection of tapas and ceviche, salads and soups, greens, and historically served carved meat and seafood skewers.
Silk Kitchen & Bar: This Asian-inspired venue, situated in what was the Tastes part of the Trident Grill, serves Chinese language consolation meals in an al fresco setting. Silk is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner; reservations are required for dinner.
Umi Uma: Silk Highway & the Sushi Bar has been rebranded into Umi Uma, which focuses on Japanese-Peruvian dishes developed by Grasp Chef Nobu Matsuhisa. Dinner reservations are required.
Stardust Supper Membership: Revealed simply earlier than Crystal Serenity entered dry dock, this new eating expertise conjures up photographs of the Rat Pack period and is out there on the primary and final “Black Tie Optionally available” nights. The four-course dinner pairs with stay performances from Crystal’s ensemble and string quartet.
Prego: A Crystal favourite, this restaurant continues to supply Italian specialties in a traditional, elegant ambiance.
Palm Court docket: Crystal Serenity’s widespread hangout spot, Palm Court docket, has been reimagined with a new stage and modernized bar. It additionally boasts extra tables for 2 and intimate seating nooks, new finishes, lighting, furnishings and carpeting. It continues to serve afternoon tea and refreshments through the day.
Stardust Membership: The Stardust Membership has been up to date with a brand new dance flooring in addition to new bar finishes, decor and seating preparations — opening up the house and making it extra versatile for giant gatherings, starting from bridge tournaments to stay leisure.
Galaxy Lounge: A new manufacturing present known as “Crystal on Broadway, The Present” brings songs from hit musicals like “Hire,” “One thing Rotten!” and “West Aspect Story” to the Galaxy Lounge. The present, developed in partnership with Tony Award-winning producer Kevin McCollum, will debut on the December 7 crusing.
Pulse and the Resorts World On line casino additionally acquired new carpet and furnishings.
Seabreeze Penthouses: A complete of 36 new Seabreeze Penthouses and two new Seabreeze Penthouse Suites have changed the realm on Deck 10 as soon as house to the Deluxe Staterooms with Verandah cabins. Facilities are the identical as what you’d discover in different penthouses onboard: butler service, walk-in closets, spa-like loos, perks like in-room specialty eating and limitless reservations at specialty eating places, and ample sq. footage (367 sq. ft and 491 sq. ft, respectively, together with the balcony).
Design options embrace modern decor with gemstone-colored velvets, pure supplies and brushed brass touches with marble particulars. Penthouses additionally characteristic shared entries recessed from the hallway, for added comfort when connecting cabins.
All lodging acquired new HD flat-screen TVs enabled with an interactive day by day planner.
Along with the brand new cabin TVs, passengers can take pleasure in enhanced Wi-Fi protection in addition to Crystal Join, an internet portal that includes day by day planners and different onboard assets. Crystal Join may be accessed through passengers’ smartphones, computer systems or tablets.
The Pc College@Sea additionally acquired new laptop tools, 70-inch TVs, carpeting and seating. In the meantime, the Studio enrichment room has been divided right into a classroom and dance studio for personal classes.
–By Gina Kramer, Editor