Crystal Cruises schedules Serenity makeover

By Jerry Limone
The Crystal Serenity in November will undergo a $17 million renovation, a project that will make over the ship’s four Crystal Penthouses, reconfigure restaurants on the pool deck and remove the indoor pool.

The Crystal Penthouses, the ship’s top suites, will be gutted and reconfigured, Crystal Cruises said.

The dining area will move closer to the floor-to-ceiling windows and the private outdoor deck, while the former dining room will hold a den/library/media room with a queen-size sleeper sofa and closet. With a new shower added to the guest powder room, the space can function as a second bedroom, Crystal said.

The Crystal Penthouses’ master bedrooms will get new seating areas. Each master bath will feature a walk-in glass shower and two waterproof Aquavision TVs (one embedded in the mirror and one by the large window-side Jacuzzi tub).

On the pool deck, Crystal will remove the Serenity’s indoor pool and Tastes kitchen, and move the ice cream bar to the Trident Grill.

Also, Crystal will add more sofa seating, an open kitchen and a cocktail bar.

As it has done on the Crystal Symphony, the cruise line will install “living walls” of plants surrounding the Trident lounge area on the Serenity.

The Lido cafe will be redesigned, with food islands replacing long buffet counters. There will be more tables for two and a kitchen with fresh-baked goods, Crystal said.

The two-week renovation is scheduled to take place at the Navantia shipyard in Cadiz, Spain. The Serenity’s first voyage after completing the renovation will be a 12-day Lisbon-Barcelona cruise through the Canary Islands, departing Nov. 27.
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