Crystal Serenity

So let me get this straight:  two skinny guys are going to steer us safely down that steep hill on this makeshift toboggan? They look a lot like gondoliers in Venice with their jaunty straw hats trimmed in ribbons and their slim muscular builds, but …

Tastes change and even a cruise ship that’s consistently stayed at the top of the best ship rankings has to keep up to date. That’s why Crystal Cruises just invested $17-million in a massive overhaul of the Crystal Serenity’s Lido Deck and created a new style …

How does a cruise ship stay on top in the face of stiff competition? It takes more than a new coat of paint and a change of wardrobe. Following my recent trip on a newly upgraded Crystal Serenity, I’ve been reflecting on why Crystal Cruises …

WALLACE IMMEN takes a look at ship refurbs that are adding some firsts. Here’s the lowdown on what’s coming to many well-loved ships in 2012 and beyond. Ice bars, spa staterooms, multiple alternative restaurants, gastro pubs and wi-fi access everywhere are among the “wow” factors on …

Many guests of Crystal Cruises have had the rare good fortune to get to know Andre Soltner and experience his cuisine during cruises when he has been a guest chef. They join august company because for celebrities, movers and shakers, Soltner’s Lutèce in Manhattan was the …

You’ve seen the legendary restaurant recreated in scenes of television’s Mad Men series and many films about the swinging sixties. But for one magical evening, the elegant and delicious Lutèce restaurant was reincarnated aboard Crystal Serenity. Its owner, Andre Soltner was a celebrity chef before …

There were a dozen possible choices for a day ashore as Crystal Serenity docked in Livorno. Crystal Cruises’shore excursions offered expertly guided tours in the hill towns of Tuscany, rambles in Umbria , Pisa and Verona, along with exotic choices like a day of driving …

As passengers of Crystal Serenity boarded buses for tours in Dubrovnik, a group of eight guests got into a van for a unique experience. They had volunteered to help for the day at a Croatian retirement village in a 600-year old estate that has such …

In Venice, Ahi Kawai walked an hour from the ship to the fishing docks in search of the freshest seafood for the Nobu Sushi Bar and Silk Road Restaurant aboard Crystal Serenity. “Japan is my favorite place to buy fish, but Venice is very nice,” …

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