The Crystal Serenity is a luxury ship for both experienced and first time cruisers who seek the very best. For many reasons as I was about to discover, guests are prepared to trade-off the lack of ‘all suite’ accommodation featured on Crystal’s competitors, for the smaller staterooms of this ship.
Over and above the ‘taken for granted’ aspects of excellent service, exceptional food, and extremely stylish and elegant surroundings, Crystal Serenity delivers something its ‘small ship’ competitors struggle with: space and choice. This is the essence of Crystal and why it stands out from the crowd.
The ship sports seven bars and eight unique dining locations, all of which deliver excellent service and exceptional food. And the extensive pool area (think ‘beach club chic’) is one of Crystal Serenity’s many strong points.
Throughout the ship, furnishings and decor are elegant, understated and contemporary. The list of onboard activities is large, even more so on ‘at sea’ days. The famed ‘Computer University @ Sea’ concept is industry-leading and enormously popular with guests.
These types of services and facilities require one thing in particular: real estate, the ultimate difference between large and small ship luxury cruising. Up until this trip, I had been a devoted disciple of the small ship, luxury cruising brigade; I viewed Crystal with some degree of skepticism. As it turns out, this voyage was one of the best cruise experiences I have had and while not perfect, it certainly came very close.
As I mentioned, Crystal can’t claim an ‘all suite’ offering, but that didn’t really matter once I was installed in my chic and elegant stateroom. For those who seek an all-inclusive luxury cruise and prefer the choice and activities that only a larger ship can offer, then Crystal is far-and-away the industry leader in this sector.