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  1. Is it necessary to prebook for the specialty dining reservations? Thanks!
  2. What's the configuration of the stateroom electrical outlets on the 2018-refurbished Serenity? Do the U.S. outlets above the desk have 2 or 3 prong holes? Are there any outlet locations other than above desk? Are there any USB charging outlets anywhere in the new rooms? In particular, I'm wondering if this Belkin gadget will work at the desk:
  3. Previously, in Barcelona we have always been docked on the outskirts at the mega-ships cruise terminal. Does Serenity dock there or the 'World Trade Centre' terminal which the smaller ships sometimes use? Or does it vary, depending upon other ships in port? Thanks in anticipation.
  4. I thought I would post some menus from Serenity from several of the dining venues. Late Risers Breakfast Menu from Trident Grill. Waterside Breakfast. Silk Dinner. Silk Lunch Prego Dinner. Uma Uma Dinner. Churrascaria Dinner. Keith
  5. Watching my usual Saturday morning breakfast tv program called 'Sunrise' on Channel 7 Australian tv and low and behold ... the weather segment is being filmed on the Serenity live from Sydney Harbour! My heart skipped a beat 😍. The weather report is every half an hour, so I and all of the Australian viewers are catching lots of gorgeous glimpses of the stunning Serenity! 🤗 The Crystal Penthouse has been showcased with Marcello the Butler pouring a glass of bubbly for the weatherman - the Penthouse looks absolutely stunning .. and the bathroom is a real showstopper. Also stopped in at Umi Uma for some sashimi and sushi .. looks amazing. I am sure Crystal will be getting a few more Aussies making some enquiries now that the whole nation has seen Serenity on their TV screens this morning. PS.. the reporter also interviewed the Captain .. such a nice man!
  6. We are going on our first Crystal cruise in April. It has been months since I have looked at reviews and I am now wishing I had not done so this morning. There are far more negative than positive recent reviews and quite a few of those have the same complaints. The one truly scathing review was so poorly written and sarcastic as to have no credibility IMO, but some of the others are well thought out and carefully written. We were originally booked on Scenic Eclipse to Spain and Portugal and that cruise (and dozens of others) were cancelled due to multiple construction delays. After looking at all of the available options in the luxury cruise category, we booked our Serenity cruise as the timing and itinerary worked best. We are also cruising for the first time with Viking Ocean and leave on Thursday. My expectations are much more moderate for Viking than for our Crystal cruise. It will be interesting to compare as we are paying substantially more for our one week Serenity cruise than our VO cruise and we have a better stateroom on VO, as well as the premium beverage package. We also prepaid our gratuities as they are not included with VO. After taking only one ocean cruise over the past 7 years (Ponant to the Adriatic in 2017, having two planned is definitely not the norm for us. We are avid river cruisers and DIY land trips to Europe are always our first choice. It will be interesting to see how we feel after about ocean cruising after these VO and Crystal cruises. Ponant was a disappointment, mostly due to their disdain of non French passengers. The ship itself was lovely and food was very good, though the ship lacks any alternative dining venues. Our next trips are a private yacht cruise with friends in Croatia late summer , a river cruise in France in fall, and a visit to Germany and Austria for the Christmas markets in mid December. I believe I will stop reading reviews now and will wait to see what we experience first hand.
  7. For those of you who will be boarding Crystal Serenity on the next cruise starting tomorrow or sometime soon I just wanted to let you know that the Prego menu is being updated to include some new items. Every so often Prego on each ship has been updated. Keith
  8. Since I was asked about the Supper Club on my live thread I thought it might be a good idea to also start a new thread about it. I realize we have had some previous posts on this subject. The Supper Club is only available on Crystal Serenity. It makes use of the Stardust Club and there is nothing equivalent to that on Crystal Symphony. On those evening's the Stardust Club is transformed to a dining venue with white cloth tablecloths and dinnerware, flatware and glasses placed on each table. Waitstaff, Sommeliers and Bar Staff are pulled from other venues to help. In addition to offering one additional alternative for dining on selected Black Tie Optional evening's it reduces some demand on the Waterside dining venue when it is available. The Supper Club is offered on-board Crystal Serenity sailings that have one or more Black Tie Optional (BTO) nights for a maximum of two times. If a specific sailing has more than two BTO nights it is offered on the first and the last BTO night. Reservations are made on board Serenity at the present time. Eventually they plan to build the capability into PCPC. The Supper Club holds a maximum of 108 people. The tables are all four. If you don't have others to dine with they will seat you with other people to fill the table. It begins at 6:30 PM and has a fixed menu with items featured that very evening from the Waterside menu. Usually a choice of one of two appetizers, a soup, a choice of one of three entrees (seafood, beef, vegetarian) and dessert. BTO evening attire is required and those who don't comply will not be seated. It also features music, and dancing and runs around two and one-half hours. We very much enjoyed the experience on our December Holiday sailing and the feedback from most people we know has been positive. Keith
  9. The Silk Menu has been updated on Serenity. It includes the following new items: Prawn Salad, a new Hot & Sour Soup with Crab Meat, Lobster and Eggplant Curry, Wok Fried Duck Breast, and Signature Stir-Fry Beef Tenderloin. Keith
  10. Here’s a great video on the recent Crystal Serenity refurbishment from Peter Greenberg, The Travel Detective https://petergreenberg.com/2019/03/04/behind-the-scenes-of-crystal-cruises-crystal-serenity/
  11. On Serenity, is Deluxe Verandah P1 substantially different than B1? I understand it's on deck 10 vs deck 8 for B1 so I'm wondering if the verandah on P1 has open sky view. Thanks.
  12. Great new feature onboard Serenity with a 360 degree camera and ability to look at live and archive shots I’ve taken some screen shots to show some of the functionality available - map, live and archive you can select a date and time - I went back in time to Sydney harbour and took a live shot of the sun rise I haven’t checked to see if you can get it if off the ship but probably not as it’s an intranet address but maybe that’s going to becpossible in the future?
  13. Overall we had a great experience on the Serenity a few years ago but I disliked the seating arrangements in the MDR. Most nights we were seated in a long row of two tops with couples on either side of us about 24 inches away. So I felt compelled to make animated conversation with others. The first night or two with wine as a lubricant, this was fine and fun but for an introvert, very draining night after night. My husband, an extrovert, can't relate. Prego and Tastes allowed for more private dining but Silk Road was also too tight. My favorite cruise dining experience so far was in the suite class Luminae dining room on the Celebrity Reflection- lots of room between tables, nicely paced (not too slow), very good food, not too noisy. However, not a fan of Celebrity Aqua Class Blu dining (average food and agonizingly slow). Celebrity suite prices are quite high now- higher than Crystal Verandah rooms. Is there any way around this seating issue in the Serenity MDR? Could we tip the maitre d for a more private table? Is the seating more spacious on Oceania or Seabourne? We haven't tried those lines yet. Actually enjoy dining with strangers a time or two on each cruise at a large table for lunch or dinner when we choose to do so- but don't like it being forced upon us. Any advice most appreciated! Thank you!
  14. Having sailed on the Symphony, Mozart and Bach, we are familiar with the cabin layouts on those ships. We are now considering our first Serenity sailing and wonder if there are any cabins on Deck 8 (B3) that we might want to avoid. For example, are the cabins next to the elevators noisy; any cabins next to crew stations more hectic than others (on another line our cabin was right across from a crew station and there was a lot of activity and talking throughout the day which became annoying); or anything else we should consider in selecting our cabin? Any insights regarding cabin selection would be appreciated. We have read several threads comparing Serenity to Symphony....so have a good idea of what to expect but anything you would care to highlight would be welcome as well. Thanks!
  15. All things being equal, is Deck 10 any different than Deck 9 on Serenity? Our Deck 10 cabin has a connecting door so we are considering changing from P1 (deck 10) to A1 (deck 9). About the same price. Thanks for the help.
  16. The embarkation has been changed to Berth 46 in San Pedro. This is over 2 miles away from the World Cruise Center parking lot. Will Crystal provide shuttle service from the parking lot to Berth 46?
  17. I hope all ccers on board will post here ship is gorgeous champagne is flowing all staterooms ready immediately of course just had lunch at trident grill great crew seems really excited
  18. I am currently winding up my first Serenity cruise after approximately 12 cruises on Symphony over the past 15 years or so. As my first Symphony cruise was so wonderful, and over the ensuing years Symphony itineraries and dates worked out for me, I never had reason to try Serenity. Besides, I couldn't imagine the crew on Serenity could be as good as the crew on Symphony, many of who are like friends or family. I was wrong....the Serenity crew are every bit the equal of the Symphony crew...smiling faces, seemingly genuinely happy to have you on board. So I have now doubled my cruise choices. (Booked February 2020 Auckland to Sydney on Serenity) It took me about 24 hours of being on board to get used to the different location of some of the public spaces, such as having Prego and Umi Uma on deck 7, and the fact that Stardust is an enclosed space (I happen to like the open Stardust layout on Symphony better). But now Serenity is as well known to me as Symphony. While I have always booked and stayed in a deck 7 cabin on Symphony, and booked deck 7 for this cruise on Serenity, it was a guaranteed C cabin and I was upgraded to a deck 9 verandah cabin. As I have stated many times in other posts, the verandah is not a big deal for me as I am hardly in the cabin, but having the ability to open up the cabin to the outdoors is nice. However, I will not book a deck 7 cabin on Serenity as pedestrians on the promenade can look directly into cabins, unlike Symphony's deck 7 cabins which are situated about 4 feet higher and thus not having to worry about people looking into your cabin if the drapes are open. The major difference for me between Serenity and Symphony is the fact the bathroom on Serenity does not have those dreaded vessel sinks as are on Symphony. The food was excellent for most meals and venues on Serenity. Prego, always my favorite, once again did not disappoint, nor did other venues. The only place I did not try on this cruise was dinner at Silk, as I was disappointed this past June in Silk on Symphony. Entertainment was good. The female lead vocal in the ensemble had a magnificent voice. as with any cruise, some of the entertainers were better for me than others, but that is to be expected. So, again, I am very happy to have spent time on Serenity and am looking forward to February 2020. Marc
  19. I am referring to Ultimate Texas Hold'em, a casino table game played with a live dealer and where each player competes against the house. I am not talking about regular Texas Hold'em where players play against each other. I played this game on the Symphony in 2010, my last Crystal cruise. In the interim I have played it on HAL ships, Royal Caribbean ships and Celebrity ships. I have an upcoming sailing on the Serenity and am curious as to whether this game is currently offered in the casino.
  20. Does anyone know if Serenity's 4 Crystal Penthouses were refurbished during the recent drydock?
  21. We just booked Serenity for a California Coastal Cruise out of San Pedro. It's been a while since we cruised Crystal. What do I need to know about reservations for dinner? I do understand Serenity is quite changed as of her dry dock earlier this year. We like to eat early, will that be a problem? Any other tips will be appreciated. - Curtis
  22. Onboard serenity now and they had open house of some cabins. Here’s pictures I took of the new Seabreeze PH cabin. As you can see, there’s a shared entry way between too suites so the cabin itself is slightly smaller than a standard PH.
  23. I swung by Port Everglades today to check out the new Celebrity Edge. Quite impressive. Also in port was the newly revitalized Crystal Serenity. Looking splendid even with a dark cloud hanging over her. She was also the only ship in port dressed in her flags. So nice to see this.
  24. Hello, can anyone advise as to the nature of the slightly obstructed view from B2 category staterooms on deck 8 (horizon deck) on the Serenity. Planning a future booking for a long cruise & can't decide on B1 or B2 category Any help would be appreciated
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