Crystal Serenity for Kids

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Why Choose Crystal Serenity?

  • Pro: Out-of-this-world service, fabulous enrichment activities, inclusive fares
  • Con: Can feel clubby with older, repeat passengers and formal atmosphere
  • Bottom Line: You'll be pampered but never bored on luxury's largest ship

Crystal Serenity for Families

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While Crystal makes little attempt to market itself as the "upscale family" cruise line, it does attract families with children, particularly those traveling as three generations during the summer and holidays. Even though the children's facilities are relatively small and basic, Crystal is one of the few luxury lines to offer any dedicated space for children at all. However, youth staff are not usually onboard, except during sailings when there will be a significant number of children, such as during the summer or holidays.

Baby-sitting services can always be arranged, however, for $10 per hour for one child. There are two playrooms, with Fantasia hosting those in the overly broad 3- to 12-year-old age group and Waves, for teens (13 to 17). There are Sony PlayStations, X-Box 360s and an arcade, and when youth staff are onboard, there are a few specific activity offerings (particularly for the younger set). Still, this ship is better for families who want to entertain their own children, rather than lose them for the trip.

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