Luxury cruise line Crystal Cruises has announced plans to tour the Bahamas from Nassau and Bimini from July to October this year. The trip takes place on the Crystal Serenity, Crystal Cruises’ award-winning ship. For seven nights you will sail through the Bahamas and visit a number of charming tropical islands, including Harbour Island, Great Exuma, Long Island and San Salvador Island.
Crystal Calm (Photo courtesy of Crystal Cruise)
While the Crystal Serenity’s itineraries are always attractive, the ship itself is a very tempting destination. Vacationers looking for a luxurious cruise with plenty of space will enjoy a cruise on the Crystal Serenity. The ship offers all-inclusive rates, luxurious accommodations, exceptional personal service, outstanding dining experiences, numerous well-appointed public areas and an exceptional array of entertainment and enrichment options.
Here are nine reasons to book a cruise on the Crystal Serenity:
1. Super all-inclusive
Crystal Serenity offers an all-inclusive luxury cruise where guests can relax and feel completely pampered. The cruise fare includes amenities such as specialty dining, Wi-Fi, unlimited wine and spirits, craft cocktails, specialty coffees and soft drinks, as well as all-day cabin dining, fitness classes, entertainment and enrichment programs, gifts and more. This all-inclusive approach to cruising makes traveling aboard the Crystal Serenity a relaxing and much more enjoyable experience.
2. Small, spacious, luxury ship
Guests traveling on the Crystal Serenity will quickly understand why Crystal Cruises is the most luxurious cruise line in the world. Crystal Serenity has received dozens of awards and accolades, including Best Cruise Ship in Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards and Travel Weekly’s Gold Magellan Awards.
Seahorse Pool (Photo: Nancy Schretter)
Crystal Serenity offers the luxury of space. Redesigned and updated in 2018, the Crystal Serenity seats just 980 guests on a 13-deck ship and has many amenities found on much larger ships. The ship offers a high ratio of space per passenger throughout the ship, including an abundance of sumptuous dining rooms, lounges and public seating. When Crystal Serenity departs again with a reduced capacity of up to 900 guests, the ship’s space-to-passenger ratio will be twice that of current cruise lines. Guests will find plenty of space on the Crystal Serenity, allowing them to relax in the best cruise environment possible.
3. Ultra-personal service
Crystal Serenity is known for its exceptional staff and crew members who provide a fantastic experience on board, which has undoubtedly contributed to the many awards Crystal Cruises has won for outstanding service and hospitality. Crystal Serenity offers attentive six-star service with one of the highest staff-to-guest ratios in the cruise industry. Most crew members have been with Crystal for years, and the staff gets to know the guests quickly, paying attention to every detail and creating memorable special moments. Crystal Serenity also has a high retention rate, probably due in large part to the personalized service and customized luxury experiences during the trip.
Crystal Cruises is known for its attentive and personal service. (Photo courtesy of Crystal Cruises)
4. Attractive routes and destinations
Crystal Serenity’s luxury cruise itineraries include both well-known destinations and lesser-known ports, and weave a beautiful tapestry of diving experiences into each voyage. In a typical year, Crystal Serenity offers a seven-night voyage that lasts three weeks or more. Crystal Serenity understands the importance of fully exploring destinations. As a result, Crystal Serenity’s itineraries often include a longer stay in port with a late night departure.
Well-organised excursions on the ship are easy to book, both before the cruise and on board. Crystal tours offer many opportunities for individual exploration, and some unique Crystal Serenity experiences are not always open to the general public.
5. Luxury cabins
Passengers on the Crystal Serenity will notice the difference in luxury cruising as soon as they enter their staterooms. The Crystal Serenity has a total of 490 staterooms, none of which are indoors and almost all of which have verandas. Crystal Serenity’s comfortable staterooms are spacious, especially the 544 sq ft Seabreeze Penthouse Suites, the slightly larger 1,368 sq ft Veranda Penthouse Suites and the huge 1,368 sq ft Crystal Penthouse Suites with Veranda. All cabins are equipped with a sofa bed or sofa, large wardrobe with shoe rack, refrigerator with complimentary water and soft drinks, luxury toiletries and much more.
Additional amenities in the penthouses and superior rooms include exceptionally attentive personal butler service, a fully stocked in-room bar with complimentary alcoholic beverages, beer and wine, as well as bottled water and non-alcoholic beverages, a huge walk-in closet, an incredibly large bathroom with a decadent shower, canapés and afternoon tea service, complimentary pendant service, nightly snack service and much more.
Penthouse with porch (Photo courtesy of Crystal Cruz)
6. Exceptional culinary experiences
Crystal Serenity offers nearly a dozen different restaurants and rooms, all of which now have table service.
In an open kitchen concept with ample tables for two and four, Waterside offers traditional and international Michelin-style dishes accompanied by an excellent wine list. Three meals a day are offered, and Waterside’s constantly changing menu offers a wide variety of delicious dishes.
Two of the most notable restaurants on Crystal Serenity are the main specialty restaurants. Prego is an exquisite restaurant serving classic northern Italian dishes, while the world-class Umi Uma & Sushi Bar exclusively serves exceptional Japanese and Peruvian cuisine by top chef Nobu Matsuhisa.
Other enticing experiences include the Stardust Supper Club, the Vintage Room for intimate dining and relaxing with one of the specialty coffees or an all-inclusive glass of wine in the Bistro. Marketplace is a casual restaurant offering a wide range of dishes via table service. In the evening, Marketplace transforms into Churrascaria, a Brazilian steakhouse serving grilled meats and seafood.
The Trident Bar & Grill is just steps from the pool and serves burgers, sandwiches and wraps, pizza, fruit and other dishes throughout the day. The Asian-inspired Silk Kitchen and Bar offers a varied menu for lunch and dinner, while nearby Scoops serves free ice cream in freshly made waffle cones. Guests should enjoy the Palm Court Tearenity afternoon tea on the Crystal Serenity at least once during their cruise.
Silk galley on the Crystal Tranquility (Photo courtesy of Crystal Cruises)
7. Excellent welfare options
Crystal Serenity offers many outdoor recreational opportunities including a seahorse pool and hot tub nearby, golf and driving range nets, an outdoor fitness garden, two full-size paddle tennis courts and much more. Fitness enthusiasts will also appreciate Crystal Serenity’s state-of-the-art facilities and gym, which offers a variety of classes, yoga and personal training by the ship’s fitness instructors.
The Crystal Spa at Crystal Serenity is an exceptional venue offering a variety of rejuvenating treatments including anti-aging facials, aromatic stone massages, detoxification treatments, acupuncture and medical spa services. A full-service hair, nail and pedicure salon is also available to guests.
8. Special programmes and on-board entertainment
Crystal Serenity outshines many other luxury ships with its many daily activities and wide range of onboard entertainment and enrichment programs. There is something to do on this ship for all interests. Guests can enjoy sumptuous Broadway-style shows, concerts, live music in the ship’s bars and lounges, comedy, current Hollywood films, special parties and extravaganzas, karaoke, dance parties, casino tournaments and much more.
Crystal Serenity’s entertainment and enrichment program includes shows, concerts, casino tournaments, live music, master classes and digital technology classes. (Photo courtesy of Crystal Cruises)
Although Crystal Serenity’s itineraries include late nights in port, many well-traveled guests enjoy returning to the ship to participate in daytime and nighttime activities. Crystal Serenity also offers an exceptional array of enrichment programs, including lectures, cooking classes, art workshops, bridge classes, and a series of digital technology courses offered in the ship’s computer lab [with email security].
9. Comprehensive health and safety protocols
Crystal Cruises has extensive health and safety measures in place to ensure the peace of mind and protection of its passengers. All guests must be fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to boarding the Crystal Serenity.
Serenity Crystal Palm Court (Photo courtesy of Nancy Schretter)
Additionally, Crystal Cruises’ Crystal Clean 4.0 program demonstrates the cruise line’s strong commitment to the safety of its guests and crew. These medical protocols include negative testing requirements for guests and crew, social distancing, reduced capacity, mask policies, temperature checks, and health questionnaires. Lounges, theaters and some other places will be set up to allow social distance and their capacity will be limited.
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I just returned from a cruise on the Crystal Serenity, a 980 passenger luxury ship operated by Crystal Cruises. … Sure, it’s not a cheap cruise, but with so many inclusions, gourmet food and great service, it’s definitely worth considering for something special.
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Where is the cruise ship Crystal Serenity?
CRYSTAL SERENY’s current position is in Southeast Asia (coordinates 2.78315 N / 101.32835 E), as indicated by AIS 16 hours ago.
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