Return to Cruising Ship Guide: Crystal Serenity
When is Crystal Serenity slated to resume operations?
Crystal Cruises will officially resume service in North America this summer sailing a series of 7-night luxury Bahamas Escapes cruises on the Crystal Serenity. Sailing roundtrip from Nassau or Bimini, these all-Bahamian voyages will visit Great Exuma, San Salvador, and Long Island. Sailings start July 3, 2021 and run through November 7, 2021.
Crystal has developed its own set of health and safety protocols, Crystal Clean +, to safeguard all of its guests and crew. All guests cruising with the line will be required to be fully inoculated with a COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to boarding and will have to present proof before getting on the ship.
Cruising on Crystal Serenity? Here’s our guide to everything you need to know before you board.
About the Ship: Crystal Serenity is one of the two ships in the Crystal Cruises Ocean fleet. Just as everything with the Crystal Cruises brand, luxury is at the forefront of all amenities that you will find onboard the vessel. At full capacity (prior to any COVID-19 restrictions) the ship welcomed up to 900 guests, with 545 total cabins of which 85% include a private verandah. Service on Crystal Serenity is in one word - exquisite. With a passenger-to-crew ratio of 1 to 1.5, you are guaranteed that all your wishes are attended to.
Activities + Entertainment: Despite the smaller size of the ship, there’s no shortage of things to do on Crystal Serenity. Guests can enjoy world-class performances and Broadway-inspired shows in the Galaxy Lounge. Crystal Cruises is also renowned for its onboard enrichment workshops featuring thought leaders, world-class experts and lecturers. You will find these programs at the Creative Learning Institute, the Computer University@Sea, and the Library.
Looking to relax? Rejuvenate your soul in the Feng Shui-designed Crystal Spa, swing Callaway clubs at the onboard driving range, or take a dip in the Seahorse Pool. At night, visit Pulse Nightclub for dancing and cocktails, or try your luck at the Resorts World at Sea Casino. You can also mix up some fun at the Crystal Cove piano bar, Avenue Saloon, or enjoy cigars and cognac at the elegant Connoisseur Club.
Dining: Spectacular international fare can be found in elegant restaurants throughout Crystal Serenity. As with all Crystal sailings, all dining venues are included. Eateries include the Waterside main dining room, Marketplace & Churrascaria, the Palm Court, and The Bistro coffee bar. Al fresco dining options include Silk Kitchen, Trident Grill, and the Scoops Ice Cream Bar. For those looking for an even more special dining experience, check out The Vintage Room for wine tasting, Umi Uma & Sushi Bar (developed by master chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa), or Italian fare with a modern twist at Prego.
Pricing: As travelers get excited about Crystal’s return of cruising in the Caribbean, these sailings on Serenity are filling up. . Currently, Crystal is only offering Oceanview level and above cabins. You can expect to pay about $285 per person per night for this level of accommodations. While the upfront cost of the cruise is higher than mainstream cruise lines, the level of inclusions, fine dining, and unprecedented service makes sailing on Crystal a tremendous value.
Consider booking a balcony cabin, so you have your own private space to enjoy the Caribbean sunshine. Balcony cabins currently start at about $400 per person per night, and go up based on location and category. Suites include private butler service and additional amenities such as wifi, in-room bar setup, afternoon capes, and much more.
If you find a price you like for the sailing you want, book it NOW as it likely won't last long!
What to Expect at Embarkation & Testing Procedures
Crystal Clean + will require that every guest have their temperature checked both prior to boarding ship or venturing ashore. Guests will also be subject to temperature checks as well as will be required to submit a health questionnaire. The line will also disinfect all luggage offshore before bringing it onboard.
All guests on Bahamas Escapes sailings will undergo an antigen test the day of embarkation at the Baha Mar Convention Center. Embarkation will not begin until all guest staterooms, suites and public areas have been disinfected. Crystal is developing plans to facilitate its guests to meet the antigen test requirement for air travel back to the U.S. This testing plan may vary by ship, and guests will be responsible for the cost of the test, which may be reimbursable by insurance.
Crystal highly recommends that guests purchase their United States Customs antigen test for entry back into the U.S. through The Bahamas Health Visa. The test may be purchased at any time, including during the cruise. If a guest does not pre-purchase the test and will need Crystal to facilitate the test, the $30 test will be added to the guest’s folio. Guests who are remaining in The Bahamas for an extended period of time after the end of the cruise may also pre-purchase the test and visit any lab shoreside to take the test within three days of their return to the U.S.
For all details on Crystal Clean + and all health and safety protocols visit: https://www.crystalcruises.com/crystal-clean.
Tips from Our Community Members:
You will feel treated on this cruise. The stateroom is comfortable. The restaurant options are plentiful so you'll never eat the same thing twice. - GingerandMaggie
This was our third Crystal Cruise. The all inclusive makes cruise travel much easier since you do not have to worry about daily tips or keeping track of added charges. The food was very good, and the staff was eager to please. There was a good ratio of crew to passenger. - susant323
This was our second Crystal Cruise and we wish we could go on one every year. This is the number one cruise line in my opinion. - lds2323
Crystal Serenity will homeport in Nassau for these summer and fall sailings. There’s so much to do in this exciting destination that we recommend doing your research before sailing to plan your port days. Some of our recommendations include: Discover Nassau Tour, Nassau Rum Tasting, or the Nassau Walking Food Tour.
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