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Crystal Cruise's Serenity in Antarctica

Serenity: Overview

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Crystal Cruises’ Serenity is larger than her sister, Symphony, holding 1,070 passengers on its 13 decks.  Serenity has 535 staterooms with an outstanding 85% of them with verandahs.  The lavish decor throughout the ship was influenced by many different designers from around the globe.  Robert Tillberg from Sweden and Okada & Associates are some of the designers that lent their expertise in the design process.

Crystal Cruises is known in the cruise line world as having superior cuisine and service.  The unheard of 1.65 guest to 1 staff ratio is exactly what this six-star cruise line is trying to provide its clients.  This brings about a great luxury feel and there is always someone available to help if it is needed.

Winning prestigious awards from Travel + Leisure like the “World’s Best Large-Ship Cruise Line” for an unprecedented 16th consecutive year, Crystal will surely impress any guest looking for luxury in every area of this cruise line.

Serenity: Passengers
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Passengers aboard Crystal Cruises Serenity will be of the retired age, starting in their 60’s.  Majority of the guests on board will be English speaking and haven sailed one or more different cruise lines before.

Serenity: Dress Code
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Throughout the day passengers on board will be wearing active resort wear.  Dining room attire during the day is casual, but baseball hats and swimsuits are never appropriate.

Crystal Cruises has a specific dress code for evening dining for areas of the ship that applies for after 6pm.  The three codes of attire are formal, informal, and casual.  Formal attire for women would be dresses or gowns and men should wear a tuxedo or dark suit and tie.  Informal attire is most evenings aboard this ship and for men is a suit or sport coats and slacks, and for ladies is a cocktail dress or pantsuit.  Casual attire for women would be a pantsuit or casual dress and for men can be a polo and slacks.  At no point are shorts and baseball caps permitted after 6 pm.

Serenity: Gratuity
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Crystal Cruises views that tipping should be handled by the guest.  They suggest a tip of $5 per passenger per day when it comes to the waitstaff or butler service.  If you dine at a specialty restaurant a suggested $7 per passenger, per dinner tip.  A 15% gratuity be added for all bar drinks and wine.  (Coming in spring of 2012, Crystal Cruises goes all-inclusive, so gratuities will be included).

Serenity: Dining
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Crystal Dining Room, The Vintage Room, Prego, Silk Road and The Sushi Bar, The Bistro, Lido Cafe,  Trident Bar & Grill, Afternoon Tea in Palm Court.

Serenity: Cabins
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The Serenity staterooms available are: Crystal Penthouse, Penthouse Suites, Penthouses with verandah, Deluxe Outside Staterooms with verandah, Outside Deluxe Staterooms.

Serenity: Itineraries
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Hawaii, Northern Europe,  Alaska, Canada, Asia, Mediterranean, South Pacific, Australia, New Zealand, Panama Canal, Caribbean, Transoceanic.

Serenity: Entertainment
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Pool, Bridge Instructor, Casino, Complimentary Dance Classes, Library, Musical Reviews and Broadway Production Shows, Internet Center, Shopping, Seminars, Full Orchestra at Galaxy Lounge, Spa and Films at the Hollywood Theatre.

Serenity: Fitness
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Weight Room, Sauna and Steam Room, Golf Driving Range, Fitness Center, Tennis Court, Beauty Salon, Massages,  Seahorse Pool.