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About Montserrat

Some of the smallest islands of the Caribbean are home to some pretty incredible sights. That's definitely the case with Montserrat, one of the Leeward Islands in the British West Indies. It's just 35 miles southwest of Antigua in the Lesser Antilles, but few cruise lines have called here in recent years -- volcanic activity rendered the southern part of the island off-limits to residents and tourists alike in the mid-1990s. Today, the Soufriere Hills volcano has quieted, and a government-mandated exclusion zone monitored by the Montserrat Volcano Observatory keeps islanders and guests out of harm's way.

Just 10 miles long and seven miles wide, Montserrat is often referred to as the "Emerald Isle of the Caribbean" because of its uncanny resemblance to coastal Ireland and the Irish ancestry of many of the islanders. Today it's a British Overseas Territory, and the island has attracted many famous Brits over the years, including Beatles producer Sir George Martin, who owned the recording studio AIR Montserrat until it was destroyed by Hurricane Hugo in 1989. That storm damaged 90 percent of the island's buildings; six years later, a volcanic eruption buried the capital of Plymouth.

This is definitely one of the Caribbean's lesser-known ports of call, but lines like Windstar Cruises, Voyages of Discovery and SeaDream Yacht Club stop at this off-the-beaten-path island.


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  • 12 Night
    Cruise to Montserrat

    Leaving:
    Dover
    Visiting:
    Cherbourg, Montserrat ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Crystal Cruises
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    12 Night Cruise to Montserrat Route (Crystal Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Dover
    • Day 2
      Cherbourg
    • Day 3
      Montserrat
    • Day 4
      Dun Laoghaire
    • Day 5
      Liverpool
    • Day 6
      Douglas, Isle Of Man
    • Day 7
      Belfast
    • Day 8
      Greenock (Glasgow)
    • Day 9
      Portree (Isle of Skye)
    • Day 10
      Stockholm
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Reykjavik
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      Reykjavik
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    Crystal Serenity - Crystal Cruises

    Pros

    Extensive enrichment and entertainment, inclusive fares, top-notch service.

    Cons

    Can feel clubby with many older, repeat passengers.

    Bottom Line

    You'll be pampered but never bored on luxury's largest ship.

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    Crystal Serenity Reviews

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    5.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining5.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.0

    The 980-passenger Crystal Serenity takes the best of big-ship cruising and the best of luxury t...

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    alwaysonaship
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    We Jumped Ship In Cabo!
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    We had a great cruise on the Serenity
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Montserrat

    Leaving:
    Barbados
    Visiting:
    Iles des Saintes, Montserrat ... see more
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    SeaDream Yacht Club
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    7 Night Cruise to Montserrat Route (SeaDream Yacht Club)
    • Day 1
      Barbados
    • Day 2
      Iles des Saintes
    • Day 3
      Montserrat
    • Day 4
      St. Barts
    • Day 5
      St. Barts
    • Day 6
      St. Barts
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      Anguilla
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      Jost Van Dyke
    • Day 8
      St. Thomas
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    SeaDream I - SeaDream Yacht Club

    Intimate ship with casual, social atmosphere

    Outstanding cuisine always served in open seating

    Water sports platform: jet ski from the ship

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    5.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

    With SeaDream I (and sister SeaDream II), SeaDream Yacht Club has managed to carve out a unique...

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    ATAJanie
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Only 100 passengers, First Class Casual Luxury, Extremely Personalized, and FUN!
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    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Seadreaming - Epicurean Delights & Casual Perfection
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  • 24 Night
    Cruise to Montserrat

    Leaving:
    Stockholm
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    Stockholm, Helsinki ... see more
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    Crystal Cruises
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    24 Night Cruise to Montserrat Route (Crystal Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Stockholm
    • Day 2
      Stockholm
    • Day 3
      Helsinki
    • Day 4
      St. Petersburg
    • Day 5
      St. Petersburg
    • Day 6
      St. Petersburg
    • Day 7
      Tallinn
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Rostock (Warnemunde)
    • Day 10
      Copenhagen
    • Day 11
      Copenhagen
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Dover
    • Day 14
      Cherbourg
    • Day 15
      Montserrat
    • Day 16
      Dun Laoghaire
    • Day 17
      Liverpool
    • Day 18
      Douglas, Isle Of Man
    • Day 19
      Belfast
    • Day 20
      Greenock (Glasgow)
    • Day 21
      Portree (Isle of Skye)
    • Day 22
      Stockholm
    • Day 23
      Cruising
    • Day 24
      Reykjavik
    • Day 25
      Reykjavik
    Ship Details

    Crystal Serenity - Crystal Cruises

    Pros

    Extensive enrichment and entertainment, inclusive fares, top-notch service.

    Cons

    Can feel clubby with many older, repeat passengers.

    Bottom Line

    You'll be pampered but never bored on luxury's largest ship.

    Reviews

    Crystal Serenity Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    5.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining5.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.0

    The 980-passenger Crystal Serenity takes the best of big-ship cruising and the best of luxury t...

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    Andelle01
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    What is wrong Crystal?!
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    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Not the ship for us
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

More about Montserrat

Why go to Montserrat?

Pros: Montserrat features black-sand beaches and a town that was buried in ash after a volcanic eruption.

Cons: For safety reasons, the island has an exclusion zone to keep people away from the volcano.

Bottom Line: Though not many cruise lines stop here, it's a unique and interesting destination.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money

Montserrat's currency is the East Caribbean dollar. Be aware that few Montserratian businesses take credit cards. You can find two banks -- Bank of Montserrat and Royal Bank of Canada -- and their associated ATMs in the new capital of Brades, a 10-minute drive from the port of Little Bay. For current currency conversion figures, visit www.oanda.com or www.xe.com.

Language

English is the official language of Montserrat, but as you travel across the island you may also hear Spanish and Haitian Creole spoken by immigrants from Dominica, Guyana, the Dominican Republic and Haiti who moved to the island to help it rebuild after the volcanic activity settled down in 2010.


Montserrat Cruise Reviews

Star Breeze
REO
Sail Date: Mar 2019
We booked a tour with Sun Montserrat tours. He was highly recommended and did not disappoint. We went in to see the buried city and it was so sad but a must see....Read More
KnottyCanadian
Sail Date: Feb 2018
Great island, a place that suffered a modern day natural crisis. People are very friendly. We hired our own guide on shore and were happy with him....Read More
Star Legend
su-arizona
Sail Date: Jan 2017
Montserrat is a stunningly beautiful island. Over half the island has been decimated by volcanic eruptions....Read More
Star Legend
Robert_fromthe_South
Sail Date: Jan 2017
Fascinating but sobering experience...Read More
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