Crystal Serenity Review

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From cruises in the Caribbean to the far-flung regions of South America, Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific, Crystal Serenity offers voyages that last from seven days to several months in length (for the annual World Cruise). Many itineraries can be booked back-to-back for a longer trip without repeating a port of call.

Crystal Serenity was introduced in 2003, the line's first new ship since 1995. Although more than a third larger than Crystal's earlier ships, it's similar in layout and follows the successful formula of creating intimate spaces in understated yet sophisticated surroundings. Stylish public rooms, uncrowded and uncluttered, are clubby in the tradition of elegantly proportioned drawing rooms (even the main show lounge is on a single level).

Muted colors and warm woods create a soft atmosphere conducive to socializing in the refined environment. The Palm Court could be mistaken for the kind of British colonial–era lounge you might have seen in Hong Kong or India in the 19th century. A thoughtful touch is an entirely separate room for scrutinizing the art pieces available for auction. The understatement even continues into the casino, although it contains plenty of slot machines and gaming tables.


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