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Crystal Serenity Review

5.0 / 5.0
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277 reviews
43 Awards

Excellent Cruise

Review for Crystal Serenity to the Mediterranean
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10+ Cruises • Age 80s

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Sail Date: Oct 2018
Cabin: Crystal Penthouse with Verandah
Fast check-in
Spacious PH cabin
Great acrobatic show
Artful food presentation
Ship in port

When I embarked on Crystal Serenity in Barcelona on Sunday October 7, I recalled that my last cruise on this ship was well over almost 4 years, yet I was pleasantly amazed (but not surprised) that many restaurant staff, under the direction of Leo, to me the master of all cruiseship Maitre D’s, could still greet me in name. Such is the hospitality level of Crystal cruises that many Crystal Society members return to the ship. The embarkation took no time, even the ship was practically full. Embarkation began at noon though in theory rooms are available from 3pm, but in a PH cabin mine was ready. There was a special luggage storage that takes care of hand luggages so that any guest can enjoy a leisurely lunch. Such is the hospitality with full attention to detail that makes what Crystal is, particular with direct comparison to the two cruises that I just had disembarked (I took 3 consecutive cruises in 30 days).

This cruise, trade named Iberian Sojourn, a standard 7-day trip ending in Lisbon, has an ideal itinerary in that travel distance is short so that it is all port days and passengers have ample time in each port. The Spanish ports are, to me, more interesting than the Mediterranean ports in Italy that practically every cruiser has visited. In each port Crystal of course provides free shuttle so that one enjoys free and easy visits. Because of all-port, there was no formal night and the well-loved Mozart tea was not served.

I have had many Crystal Cruises (my first was on Crystal Harmony, before Serenity was built), and as an old timers I can see good changes under new ownership of Genting Hong Kong. The ship was renovated only about 4 years ago, and on embarkation I learned that after this trip the ship will undergo dry docking for a whole month for another important renovation, probably the most important because the ship will re-emerge in November offering open sitting dining (Crystal Symphony had completed that process). Hitherto if Crystal was to be faulted as a luxury ship it was the two sitting system that requires one to eat either too early or too late. No more, and then my only regret is that, if I had this knowledge, I would have chosen to cruise after the renovation.

Cabin Review

Crystal Penthouse with Verandah

Cabin CP

Great cabin, with real butler service, fully equipped with jacuzzi bathtub. Oversize balcony.

Port Reviews

Barcelona

Good port and convenient embarkation

Valencia

Great stroll in old town

Alicante

Beautiful seaside rambras

Malaga

Good port for excursion but much to see on its own

Gibraltar

Nothing to see......hate it for after many unwarrented visits

Cadiz

Good excursion and the port is interesting

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