Here’s a cruise ship that could transform even the most land-lubberly of holidaymakers into salty sea dogs of the highest pedigree… The Crystal Serenity is the pride of the Crystal Cruises fleet, and is almost unanimously regarded amongst cruise industry experts to be the finest vessel afloat. Slip on some shades and a pair of deck shoes, and join as we take a whirlwind tour of the world’s most luxurious cruise ship!
Christened by Dame Judy Andrews on July 3rd 2003, before making its maiden voyage four days later, the $350 million Crystal Serenity is truly a class apart. With thirteen decks and a length of 820ft, this ship is utterly vast, and every single inch is fastidiously designed to ensure the passenger’s comfort, safety and pleasure.
Perhaps the most sumptuous facet of the luxurious Crystal Serenity is the range of dazzling sleeping quarters on offer to the ship’s passengers; whether you opt for a Crystal Penthouse or the liner’s standard quarters, you’re destined to spend your cruise in a state of material bliss. The décor throughout the Crystal Serenity blends ‘Hollywood glamour and Fifth Avenue elegance”, as Crystal Cruises put it. Cabins are decked out in gorgeous leather, velvet, linen and silk, with large ‘picture windows’ on offer for guests who wish to indulge in a spot of seamless sea-gazing as they travel.
Blu-ray players, flat-panel TVs and electronic ‘do-not-disturb’ doorbell systems come as standard, and a personal butler service gives guests the option of having food from the exquisite Crystal Dining Room, Prego and Silk Road restaurants delivered to their rooms. This really is ‘home at sea’, – if your home happens to be fabulously luxurious, that is!
Recreation on board
The Crystal Serenity’s communal spaces drip with every bit as much glamour as its cabins, with upscale designs throughout, inspired by the “casual-yet-cultured vibe of Southern California”. Novel discoveries abound throughout the vessel, from vertical gardens and live olive trees to on-ship shopping boutiques including a beautiful Christian Dior cosmetics boutique.
Entertainment is thoroughly catered for, with highlights including a Hollywood theatre with Dolby surround sound, an ice cream bar, the sumptuous Seahorse Pool deck, and a gaming set-up for passengers who fancy placing their bets on roulette, craps, Baccarat, blackjack, slot machines and Ultimate Texas Hold’em. In short, this is Paradise-on-Sea.
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