Greetings! I am a former luxury cruise TA and had sailed on Serenity 3 times in a PH, about 12-14 years ago. This is the my first time back as a 'civilian' and first time on Crystal for my husband. Our last 4 cruises have been NCL, NCL, Cunard, Cunard.
Much has changed with Crystal since my last voyages and I had been warned that it 'isn't what you remember' but my expectations were exceeded in almost every way,
We had a standard Oceanview on deck 7. Sure we missed a balcony but otherwise the cabin was great.
Our slightly obstructed view meant we could see the steel girders holding up lifeboats above our deck, so really just a 'slice' of vertical white on either side of the expansive window. Location within the ship was very good.