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Refit Review: Crystal Serenity redesign details revealed

Reduced guest count, more choices for dining, and technical upgrades are the focus of refurbishment plans for Crystal Cruises’ Crystal Serenity.

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Crystal Cruises has announced details and revealed images of the most extensive redesign in Crystal Serenity’s history.

The ship will enter dry dock in October for a three-week refurbishment that mirrors the upgrades last year aboard Crystal Symphony.

At a press briefing Crystal Cruises said it wants to expand the space and choices that have been part of the line’s credo since its inception. The award-winning cruise ship will see a transformation of accommodations, dining options, technological advancements and public spaces.

“Our ocean vessels are the heart of the Crystal brand and represent the pillars of our company that our guests have embraced for more than 27 years,” said Crystal president and CEO, Tom Wolber. “We will continue to invest in their success and with an eye to innovation and a design aesthetic that is pleasing to our guests of today and tomorrow.”

It should be noted that all staterooms and public spaces will receive a ‘refresh’ with new carpets and other soft furnishing, but below are the major changes being made to the 15-year-old vessel.

New Penthouses

Crystal Serenity will receive 36 new Penthouses and two new Penthouse Suites in place of verandah staterooms on Penthouse Deck 10, they will of course come with Crystal’s personal butler service, along with walk-in closets, spa-like bathrooms and the same spacious square footage as the current Penthouses on board (403 sq. ft. and 538 sq. ft, respectively).

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These changes will reduce the ship’s capacity from 1,070 guests to 980 guests, while the number of crew on board will remain the same.

New Dining Options

Open seating dining will debut aboard Crystal Serenity for the first time, allowing guests to dine at their leisure with whom and where they choose affording more flexibility for evening activities and entertainment. True luxury is choice and freedom after all.

New venues will also debut, offering a refreshed selection of globally inspired cuisine with reimagined décor. These new concepts include:

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Waterside – Taking the place of the Crystal Dining Room and reflecting the chic elegance of the main dining venues aboard Crystal River Cruises and Crystal Symphony, this centrally located restaurant will continue to serve menus of international classic and modern cuisine. The menus will change daily and are paired with unlimited fine wines, spirits and beers. More intimate seating with tables for two and four will be added, slightly increasing the overall capacity to 500 guests.

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The Marketplace and Churrascaria – The new daytime and evening restaurants of the current Lido Café, respectively. Both venues will feature an open-kitchen concept with dishes made to order. The Marketplace will continue to serve an expansive menu of buffet-style breakfast and lunch options and will transform into Churrascaria during the dinner hours. This Brazilian-style BBQ will welcome guests with a traditional Caipirinha cocktail, then offer a wide variety of tapas, ceviche, salads, and grilled meats carved and served tableside by Crystal “gauchos” on sword-like skewers.

Silk Kitchen & Bar – This Asian-inspired venue, located in what is now Tastes, will feature Chinese comfort food, served family-style. An array of dim sum and seafood will be featured on the dinner menu, while lunch options include favorites from the noodle bar, traditional dumplings and Chinois soup. The space will be completely refitted with new fabrics, lighting and decorative features like illuminated columns and screens to create an elegant al fresco ambiance.

Public Spaces

Palm Court, a favorite spot on board for gatherings of all sorts, will see a dramatic transformation with more intimate seating. The lounge will receive new finishes, carpeting and more tables for two including a combination of cocktail tables and chairs, dramatic wingback chairs with footstools, sofas and coffee tables.

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The stage will be removed and relocated in an “in-the-round” concept along with a new modernized bar area.

The Stardust Club will receive new finishes, seating & tables, a new dance floor and dynamic lighting to support a more multi-purpose use of the space from bridge tournaments to evening entertainment.

Crystal Serenity’s spacious enrichment facilities will also undergo a redesign. The Computer University@Sea and adjoining classroom, as well as the multi-purpose Studio will receive new carpeting; seating and equipment, along with 70-inch TVs further enhancing the programming offered through Crystal’s Creative Learning Institute and Crystal Visions Lecture Series.

Crystal Serenity will emerge from her three-week dry dock on November 10, 2018, embarking from Lisbon to Fort Lauderdale.

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