Crystal Serenity Cruise Review by Granddog
- Sail Date: September 2017
- Destination: Canada & New England
- Cabin Type: Penthouse with Verandah
This was our first Crystal Cruise (but hopefully not the last). We did not know what to expect, having sailed more mass market ships before.
Our cabin, 10058, was a penthouse with veranda. Loved the layout! Just beware of the high step into the bathroom. The closet was a fairly spacious walk-in, with a built in dresser and shelves. No problem hanging up/storing our overpacked clothes! In the bedroom were so many extra drawers, most of which simply went unused. Our suitcases (2 large, 2 small) fit into the closet.
There is also a refrigerator in the cabin (no freezer).
The bathroom had a tub and a shower.
The service throughout the ship was extraordinary at every level. Particularly loved our butler and cabin attendants. They couldn’t do enough to ensure our comfort.
Entertainment: simply the best we have seen on a ship.
Dining: Well, there were a few warts. The main dining room menus got progressively less imaginative. The food quality in the main dining room slightly declined . A T-bone steak had to be sent back as it was very tough. What a waste!
It was quite a disappointment that when sailing in New England and Nova Scotia there was no lobster on the menu!
Tastes, Prego, and Silk Road were great. For breakfast and lunch you MUST visit Lido and Trident Grill. Never a disappointment. For example, burgers (and everything else) at the Trident were all freshly made to order, not stacked up waiting to be ordered. And, yes, there is sugarfree ice cream at Ben and Jerry’s and sugar free desserts at Lido.
Activities: just ok. However, enrichment speakers were top quality and interesting.
Shopping: High end only. No little sundry shop, selling tee shirts, etc. There is a sale at the end of the cruise but still high priced merchandise.
Be aware that OBC can not be used in the casino. Only real cash there.
Well laid out.
Port & Shore Excursion Reviews
Bar HarborVery knowlegable local driver. He took us to Acadia (as requested) and would have extended our tour had we wanted. The tour was in a van. Very comfortable for 4 adults but it would have been tight for 6. Perhaps a different vehicle would have been used for a larger party.View All 8,093 Bar Harbor Cruise Port Reviews
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HalifaxFantastic local driver. Pointed out sights as we took the scenic route to Peggy’s Cove (gorgeous!).Then on to the Titanic Cemetery. Very touching. Our guide was very knowlegable about the layout of the graves and had interesting facts about various headstones.View All 8,093 Halifax Cruise Port Reviews
Along the way we were given information about the Halifax explosion and were taken to see the anchor (a sight that makes sense when you know the story).
We also stopped and had lunch at a local restaurant, the Finer Diner. Enjoyed!
We saw big bus tours at the cemetery and were very glad we were on a small tour.
There were 4 of us in a van. Comfortable for 4.
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Quebec CitySuzanne took us to see everything we had asked to see. There were two of us in a Dodge Caravan. She is quite fluent in English and was easy to understand. Quite knowlegable about the area and loves the area.View All 8,093 Quebec City Cruise Port Reviews
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