Crystal Serenity will undergo the most extensive reduce in its history in October, with the three-week dry-dock that will result in a reduced guest count, more dining choices, and significant technical upgrades.
The changes will mirror those that debuted last year aboard Crystal Symphony, along with some additions.
“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 Tom Wolber, Crystal president and CEO. “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.”
Crystal Serenity will receive 36 new Penthouses and two new Penthouse Suites in place of verandah staterooms on Penthouse Deck 10. Suite guests will enjoy personal butler service, walk-in closets, spa-like bathrooms and spacious square footage of 403 sq. ft. and 538 sq. ft, respectively. The changes will effectively reduce the ship’s capacity from 1,070 guests to 980 guests, while the number of crew on board will remain the same.
Open seating dining will debut aboard Crystal Serenity, allowing guests to dine at their leisure with whom and where they choose. New venues will also debut, including:
Waterside – Taking the place of the Crystal Dining Room, this centrally located restaurant will continue to serve daily changing menus of international classic and modern cuisine, paired with unlimited wines, spirits and beers. More intimate seating with tables for two and four will be added, slightly increasing the overall capacity to 500 guests.
The Marketplace and Churrascaria – The new daytime and evening restaurants of the current Lido Café, respectively. Both will feature an open-kitchen concept with dishes made to order. The Marketplace will continue to serve buffet-style breakfast and lunch options and will transform into Churrascaria during the dinner hours. This Brazilian-style bar-be-que will be highlighted by grilled meats carved and served tableside by Crystal “gauchos” on sword-like skewers.
Silk Kitchen & Bar – This Asian-inspired venue will be located in what is now Tastes and will feature Chinese comfort food, served family-style. An array of dim sum and seafood will be featured on the dinner menu.
Popular public spaces including Palm Court and The Stardust Club and the ship’s extensive enrichment facilities will also get a full makeover and update.
Crystal Serenity will emerge from her three-week dry dock on 10NOV, 2018.
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