MIAMI, June 25, 2019 – Following the most dramatic and extensive redesign in her history, Crystal Serenity has earned top acclaim from the experts of TravelAge West. In the trade publication’s 2019 WAVE Awards, the luxury ship won in the “Best Refurbished Ship (ocean-going)” category, thanks to her comprehensive transformation in November 2018.
The award-winning ship saw the addition of 36 new Seabreeze Penthouses and two new Seabreeze Penthouse Suites effectively reducing the ship’s capacity from 1,070 guests to 980 guests, while the number of crew on board remains the same. The new penthouse accommodations feature the plush amenities and private butler service offered in all of Crystal’s Penthouse and Penthouse Suite accommodations, increasing the personalized service on board.
New dining experiences showcasing Crystal’s widely acclaimed, all-inclusive culinary offerings were also unveiled, including Brazilian grill Churrascaria; Silk Kitchen & Bar, serving Chinese comfort food; and the newly christened main dining room, Waterside. Open seating also debuted, affording flexibility for evening activities and entertainment. Palm Court was also reimagined with a new bar, intimate seating and dedicated area for afternoon tea. Favorite evening hub The Stardust Club also received a makeover, with a new dance floor, lighting and bar finishes and refreshed décor is featured, as well as several enhancements behind the scenes to the overall entertainment experience. The space now hosts a Stardust Supper Club on select evenings, offering dining and dancing experiences that recall the days of the famed Rat Pack.
High-tech enhancements were implemented throughout the ship, including interactive HD TV’s in every suite and public space that feature programming from Crystal’s Creative Learning Institute and Crystal Visions Lecture Series, shore excursion info, itinerary details and port information. Guests can also choose from a vast library of films, TV programs and music on demand, and dozens of digital international newspapers. The programs and information are also available via a new guest portal – Crystal Connect – which guests can access directly from their smartphones, tablets or computers.
Only the world-renowned Crystal Experience offers an unwavering, unparalleled standard of excellence and luxury across four distinct cruising options: Crystal Cruises, the World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line; Crystal River Cruises, the World’s Most Luxurious River Cruise Line; Crystal Yacht Cruises, offering boutique luxury and bold adventure in the world’s most elite harbors; and Crystal Expedition Cruises, taking Crystal’s acclaimed elegance to the farthest reaches of the world. Crystal has been recognized with top honors in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards for a record 25 years; voted “World’s Best” by the readers of Travel + Leisure for 20 years; and won the “Best Luxury Cruise Line” by Virtuoso for four years (2014, 2015, 2016 & 2018). Crystal is proud to be a platinum partner of the advisors of ASTA.
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