We have sailed on Serenity several times before and love it: huge interior spaces for the number of passengers; outstanding service; delicious food; provocative speakers; exciting evening entertainment. But, the ship has shown its age and the formal, fixed seating dinners belong to a bygone age. Thus we were anxious to see the remodeled ship featuring new dining options.
Smooth embarkation in Lisbon. The big changes, aside from decorative finishes throughout are revamping the formal dining room as Waterside--more like a suburban country club than a banquet hall--and creation of new deck 11 evening dining venues--one Asian and quite nice and the other a Brazilian style steak house that I find of limited appeal. Why? It really is not that much of a physical transformation for a part of the buffet area set aside for it but mostly because who wants that much food at night after being well fed all day.
One of our preferences for Serenity over its very similar sister ship Symphony is the much larger Avenue Saloon where for years one was regaled by an outrageously bold piano player singer who had a devoted following. On this cruise his replacement was a bid disappointment.
Serenity has a large physical fitness area and good classes there.
We will sail both Crystal liners again particularly on the extended crossings.
The Crystal cabins on both ships are nicely appointed and well furnished but limited in size. You will not find walk-in closets are showers short of the Penthouse levels. They now have high-tech larger wall mounted TVS with internet capacity.
A worthless day stop. Unless you're going to run to a golf course or a diving venue, why bother.