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Crystal Cruises®: Crystal Serenity®

Overall Rating:

Based upon 78 reviews.

Cruise reviews reflect the opinions of travel editors and cruisers/ readers and may not represent those of our company.

Excellence at Sea!

January 2018

Charleston, Florida, Panama Canal, Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta, San Diego, LA

Pros: Food is fabulous! Staff is wonderful beyond belief! Love all inclusive. Love the bridge program, love the free WiFi.

Cons: Tom and Marsha were not the best bridge teachers. I really miss the printed newspaper every day. I felt very uninformed leaving the ship. Would like more news on the TV and less fluff!

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Citadels and sky scrapers

September 2017

Providence, NYC, Boston, bar harbor, Halifax, sundry, Quebec City, montreal

Pros: Great food, service and shore excursions

Cons: None

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NW Passage

August 2017

Alaska, Canada, Greenland, New England

Pros: Once in a life time adventure. Spectacular scenery & wild life.

Cons: A little to long. Gained to much weight....

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First Class Cruising

August 2017

Alaska, Northwest Passage, Greenland & New York

Pros: Great ship, super staff and cruise director, great entertainment

Cons: None

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Exceeded our expectations

August 2017

Alaska

Pros: Food, Wine, Service, Staterooms, Itinerary

Cons: Entertainment and music is geared for a mature crowd

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Alaskan Cruise

July 2017

Alaska and Canada

Pros: Great food, service and atmosphere

Cons: Rainy and cloudy

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Expert Review

July 2017

Alaska

Pros: Crystal Serenity meets the expectations of all passengers, both first time and repeat guests.

Cons: Cabins are small. Many evening shows have been playing for over a year.

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Alaska family getaway

June 2017

Alaska

Pros: On top of the game of cruising.

Cons: None

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Simply the Best

May 2017

San Francisco, San Diego, Santa Barbara, etc.

Pros: Beautiful ship with excellent service!

Cons: Entertainment is not as good as it used to be. Bring back old shows.

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2017 Full World Cruise

April 2017

So. America

Pros: Family feeling on board Serenity during FWC. Outstanding onboard entertainment staff, waitstaff, and family feeling among guests and staff. Also, the outstanding quality of the lecturers, destination specialist, and clergy.

Cons: Ship needs some refreshing - carpets wearing, etc. 2017 world cruise itinerary was not attractive to many - too much So. America.

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Panama Canal

April 2017

Key West, Columbia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Panama, Cabo San Lucas, San Diego, Los Angeles

Pros: Staff, food, entertainment, days at sea, most ports

Cons: Some excursions were weak

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Crystal Serenity

March 2017

Amazon River

Pros: Excellent itinerary and service

Cons: None

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Cruising in Style

February 2017

Chile, Antarctica, Uruguay, Falkland Islands, Argentina

Pros: All-inclusive, interesting and timely lectures, outstanding service

Cons: None

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Luxury on the Water

February 2017

Antarctica and South America

Pros: Fabulous speakers, exceptional entertainment, dining choices, beautiful ship, friendly passengers, well trained crew

Cons: Change to all inclusive seems to have lowered level of service

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Outstanding experience

February 2017

Panama, Ecuador, Peru, Chile

Pros: Friendly, helpful staff, attention to detail, comfortable cabin

Cons: None

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Fabulous cruise!

December 2017

Caribbean

Pros: Great service. Top quality food and drink. Multiple entertainment venues.

Cons: Surcharge for premium wines and liquor a bit excessive. Main dining room a bit too crowded.

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Crystal Serenity #7326 as always

October 2017

Quebec City, Bar Harbor, Boston, Newport, NYC, Baltimore, Norfolk & Ft. Lauderdale

Pros: Outstanding service and food on board

Cons: worst shore excursion ever in Norfolk disorganized disembarkation day

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Report

October 2017

Ft. Lauderdale

Pros: Great ship and friendly folks

Cons: Did not visit the ports as advertised.

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New England Cruise 10/3/17 - 10/14/17

October 2017

New England, Quebec City and Montreal Canada

Pros: Excellent service by crew! Food was great!

Cons: None

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Great experience

January 2017

Western caribbean

Pros: Great programs, entertainment, food, gentlemen hosts

Cons: No singles gathering

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Fabulous Ship

September 2016

New York, Halifax and Canada

Pros: Perfect service, food, staff and amenities

Cons: None

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First large cruiseship through the Northwest Passage

September 2016

Northwest Passage

Pros: Superbly executed expedition adventure by a luxury cruiseship.

Cons: None.

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The Best cruise EVER

August 2016

Northwest Passage

Pros: Everything!!

Cons: NONE!!

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Alaska on the Crystal Serenity

July 2016

Alaska

Pros: Dining, cabin staff, Dining staff and wine steward.

Cons: Distance where docked from actual towns or buses etc. and onboard activities very limited.

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Crystal maintains high standards on both the Serenity and Symphony

July 2016

Alaska and British Columbia

Pros: Excellent service from wait staff and maids. Very attractive public space. Good options for dining. Excellent excursions for the most part.

Cons: Problem with seating for dining. We requested a table of 6. There was no one but us at the table for 7 of the 10 nights - and then, only 2 peoplel - never 10. Not much effort to bring others to our table.

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Alaska cruise

July 2016

Alaska

Pros: None

Cons: None

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Hawaii cruise San Francisco to San Francisco May 28 to June 13

June 2016

Honolulu, Lahaina, Kona and Hilo

Pros: Service, amenities, food, lido deck, lectures, Prego,

Cons: Only one average meal, second visit to Silk Road

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First Class Ship

June 2016

Hawaii - Honolulu, Oahu; Lahaina, Maui; Kona, Hawaii; Hilo, Hawaii

Pros: Entertainment, Lectures,

Cons: Tours l

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Independent Travel Counselor - Signature host for 2016 World Cruise

May 2016

Full World Cruise

Pros: Staff, classes, lectures, entertainment, food

Cons: Allowing guests on the FWC for 3-5 days instead of whole segments.

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Serenity at It's Best!

March 2016

Voyage 6305

Pros: Personal service is outstanding!

Cons: Elegance factor over several voyages is decreasing. People with shorts at the Crystal Lounge being served after 6 pm

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Bali to Singapore

February 2016

Bali to Singapore

Pros: None

Cons: None

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Crystal Serenity South Pacific

February 2016

Oahu Hawaii, Fanning Island, Fiji, W.Samoa, New Caledonia, Sydney Australia

Pros: All-Inclusive, Good Passenger/Space Ratio around ship, Good Passenger/Staff Ratio

Cons: None

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Holiday Cruise

December 2016

Caribbean

Pros: Great way to spend the holidays!

Cons: Many young families

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Crystal Serenity - Flavors of the Caribbean - Nov-Dec 2016

November 2016

Caribbean, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios, San Juan, St. Barts, Tortola and Key West

Pros: Crystal is the best. Not one complaint along the way.

Cons: None

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14 Day Caribbean Cruise

November 2016

Caribbean

Pros: The ship has not changed much since the takeover of Genting. Food and service remain on high levels. Best part about the Serenity is Tastes which is open at night for a casual dinner.

Cons: Nothing but the problem with the stop in Samana

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Crystal Serenity Review

October 2016

US and Caribbean

Pros: Excellent food and service

Cons: Assigned Dining

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First time traveler on Crystal

October 2016

NY, Baltimore,Charleston,Dominican Rebublic,Aruba,Curaçao,Turks and Caicos

Pros: Service levels were exceptional, as well as overall quality of food. A beautiful ship

Cons: A little older demographic than expected

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Fun and Easy Trip

October 2016

Canada/New england/New York

Pros: Short flight to Quebec City which we loved. Stayed across from the pier so easy to embark. Ship has all amenities which we enjoyed: Gym, library, theater, salon and spa.Seamless in terms of boarding and disembarking the ship.

Cons: Little bigger than we like.Food was good but not exceptional. Lectures were mediocre, and entertainment was average.

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Crystal Serenity Feedback

October 2016

New England

Pros: Beautiful Ship and Terrific Customer Service. The food and activities were wonderful

Cons: The location of my cabin was awful.

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Good value

September 2015

Mediterranean

Pros: Generally the food is excellent and the entertainment good.

Cons: Two sittings of dining is never desirable. The first is too early the second too late and dining by reservation was difficult to do online.

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Vistas of the Aegean Sea

September 2015

Istanbul, Ephesus, Santorini, Rhodes, and Mykonos

Pros: Beautiful ship, luxurious cabins, fabulous food, and great excursions

Cons: None

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My Crystal Experience

August 2015

France, Spain and Portugal

Pros: Food and service was very good. Stops were interesting/

Cons: lack of food availability after pm unless you went to the dining room. o type buffett available after 1:30 pm unless you wanted hamburgers or hot dogs

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Bonny Isles RT Dover

August 2015

UK Ireland and N. Ireland

Pros: Excellent staff, delicious meals, superior computer classes, lectures and activities.

Cons: Weather prevented the tenders for operating at four destinations during the cruise. A different port was substituted for one, but we remained at sea for three others. The ship's swimming pool was closed ssed three

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Guests always the staff's first priority - wonderfully accommodating!

July 2015

London, Dover and beyond in the UK and beyond.

Pros: Excellent service from staff; preferences recalled within a day or two. Professional and friendly at the same time. Active casino with sufficient gaming choices and at-sea-day specialty games. Dining is not remarkable but restaurant service indulgent.Great premium wine choices.

Cons: Specialty restaurant reservations too limited and charging for a second or third visit,whether or not one can reserve at a reasonsable time, is nickel and diming! We are sure those with more stalk miles receive preferential treatment but we pay just as readily and just as much. Deluxe staterooms too small; need partisan between bed and sitting room. Film options could be more current. Improve Trident Bar seating.

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Crystal Serenity- June 12, 2015

June 2015

Adriatic Adventure

Pros: None

Cons: None

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2015 Full World Cruise

May 2015

Full World Cruise

Pros: The entertainment -singers and dancers, Serenity Orchestra, Astoria Strings, special productions directed by Shane Morley were exceptional.

Cons: Many FW Cruisers said they were a bit disappointed in this cruise because they expected a "Wow" factor since it was touted as the special 25th anniversary sailing. There were 608 FWC guests which made the ship more crowded than usual and did not allow for special events on board as usual.

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over the bounding main.

December 2015

Lisbon to Tenerife, sea days, then Key West and Miami

Pros: service, food, ambiance, all-inclusive, both ports of call

Cons: a bit bouncy now and then, ship to airport transfers not well managed

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Wonderful first cruise on Crystal

January 2015

Caribbean

Pros: Personal attention, small ship, great staff, great food and drink

Cons: Not any.....

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Vadnais Cruise

January 2015

Tortola, St. Barts, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Martin,

Pros: Like being at the Ritz Carlton for 10 days.

Cons: That it needed to end.

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Great cruise line that has slipped big time

January 2015

St Barts, St Lucia, San Martin, etc

Pros: Superb staff cannot do enough to make your stay all that it should be

Cons: New menu with moleclar food - foams

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Maritime Explorer Cruise #4324

September 2014

Quebec, St. Lawrence River and Gulf

Pros: Everything was terrific. Great food, attentive staff, extremely clean, great decor, super accomidations

Cons: Needed more entertainment - shows in other lounge and more activities to participate in that would get you to know more people on board.

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Trip on Crystal Serenity

September 2014

Boston to Quebec City

Pros: Everything good. Highest quality food and service

Cons: none

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Autum Palette cruise Boston to Quebec

September 2014

Quebec

Pros: Excellent itinerary, food and cleanliness of the ship

Cons: A combative sommelier in the main dining room; people did not understand the "only two visits to the speciality restaurants and up to 3 visits for Tastes before they were charged a whopping $30.00 per person for any additional visits.

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Crystal Serenity

September 2014

London, Channel Islands, Waterford, Belfast, Dublin, Reyjavik, Halifax, Bar Harbor

Pros: Beautiful ship, excellent service

Cons: Food not as good as previous Crystal Cruises

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Dream vacation

September 2014

Southhampton, Guernsey, Ireland, Iceland, Nova Scotia, Bar Harbor, Boston

Pros: very clean, well-run ship, excellent food, company and entertainment, travel

Cons: no cons, worth every penny

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Wonderful sailing

August 2014

Barcelona to Rome

Pros: Food, service and ship

Cons: Confusion on departing ship

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Awesome Experience

August 2014

Barcelona, St Trope, Monaco, Porto Venere, Rome

Pros: All inclusive means not only food, drinks but service as well

Cons: Maybe better Production Shows on certain nights

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Monte Carlo to Lisbon

July 2014

Mona Carlo to lisbon

Pros: Excellent staff and food

Cons: Poor activities and entertainment

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Riviera Amore

July 2014

Mediterranean

Pros: Overnights in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and late departure from St. Tropez were great because there was no time pressure to return to the ship.

Cons: Additional charge for specialty restaurants on an " all inclusive" is not a great new change.

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Crystal Serenity/June

June 2014

istanbul to rome

Pros: size of ship/ perfect layout/alternative dining amazing

Cons: dining room food/staff not as attentive as in alternative areas

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Great Luxury Experience

June 2014

Mediterranean from Barcelona to Rome - 9 day

Pros: Service and crew's attitude throughout. Food preparation and entertainment is #1

Cons: Shore Excursions and inexperience in housekeeping

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Crystal Serenity First trip

May 2014

Venice, Kotor, Scilily, Sorrento, Rome, Monaco, Florence, and Barcelona

Pros: Excellent food and service by Crystal as always; excursions excellent and fairly priced; ship had excellent stability in some fairly rough Mediterarian water; heard no complaints from anybody on the ship about Crystal.

Cons: We expected more from Serenity than we have received service and quality wise from Symphony and feel that Symphony actually, as of our last cruise on her July 2012 in the Baltic, was superior. Sometimes the little things that are missing are very obvious as you have become used to them

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Outstanding cruise line!

May 2014

Venice, Sicily, Rome, Monte Carlo, Florence and Barcelona

Pros: customer service, food and entertainment

Cons: none

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Extreme delight

April 2014

Western Europe

Pros: None

Cons: None

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40th Anniversary Celebration

December 2014

Yucatan and Honduras

Pros: It was just wonderful, fabulous.

Cons: Just too much to do on-board, had to set priorities.

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The only way to see the Caribbean / Crystal Cruise Line

December 2014

Western Caribbean

Pros: Great ship, great staff, great food, and overall great experience.

Cons: None

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New York to Quebec City on the Crystal Serenity

October 2014

New York, Newport, RI, Boston, MA, Portland and Bar Harbor, ME, Halifax and Sidney, Nova Scotia, Quebec City, Canada

Pros: The service, food and accommodations are wonderful.

Cons: The trip ended too soon.

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review of crystal serenity ship and trip from quebec to french canadian isles

October 2014

see above

Pros: excellent

Cons: None

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Outstanding cruise experience!

October 2014

Quebec CIty and eastern Canadian Isles

Pros: Incredible, attentive staff, gorgeous staterooms and public spaces, outstanding cuisine, beautiful spa and with wonderful gym facility. .

Cons: Shore excursion itineraries can vary greatly from excellent to unacceptable.

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Crystal Serenity - All Inclusive feedback

September 2013

Dover to Barcelona

Pros: Great lectures, Art at Sea, complimentary wine in staterooms on request, tips included.

Cons: Turndown pillow chocolates are gone but not greatly missed.

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Crystal ship Serenity as of September 2013

September 2013

Mediterranen

Pros: Dining outstanding and terrific service

Cons: Carpets in some areas need updating and will be done in November 2013

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The Crystal Baltic Cruise

August 2013

Baltic

Pros: Staff, Alternative dining, entertainment, great bars!

Cons: Stateroom size compared to competition

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Crystal Serenity Voyage to the top of the World

July 2013

Norway/Russia

Pros: Service, Food and Entertainment

Cons: Cabin Size

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Russian Reverie Baltic Cruise

June 2013

Baltic from Copenhagen to Stockholm

Pros: All-inclusive program, culinary experience, the shuttle bus from the pier to the middle of town, Prego & Silk Road, all of it!

Cons: I really cannot complain about anything.

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Great Way to Spend The Holidays

December 2013

Caribbean

Pros: Her Crew and everything else

Cons: None

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12 Day Cruise from Lisbon to Barcelona

November 2013

Lisbon / Barcelona

Pros: All inclusive except Shore Excursions -but have complimentary shuttle buses in most ports

Cons: Cabins are quite small

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Oct 5, 2013 "Barcelona - Istanbul: Memorable Med Cruise" - 12 nights.

October 2013

Pros: All - inclusive, except for shore excursions. However, most ports include a regularly scheduled complimentary shuttle service into main part of town.

Cons: The logistics could be re-thought when in port disembarking to meet a tour bus or private car and drivers. Additional staff to offer directions may be more useful.

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Crystal Serenity

December 2012

Caribbean

Pros: I highly recommend Crystal for their food, service, entertainment, and guest speakers.

Cons: I cannot think of anything to fault on the Crystal cruise I was on. Everything was very well organized, the service was impeccable, and the food always delicious.

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