2019 will see the stunning, six star Crystal Serenity offer a trio of six day taster cruises in the Western Mediterranean next May, giving prospective passengers a raft of great opportunities to sample the ship’s newly restructured interiors and dining options. Paramount among these; the first move to continual, open seating evening dining since the ship’s original launch back in early 2003.
The extensive refurbishment, due to take place between October 14th and November 10th this year, will see the 68,000 ton ship’s guest capacity drop to a total of just 980 in all, giving a total passenger/space ratio of 70.3 in all.
To put that figure into context, that would be half the capacity- and thus twice the space- as offered by the similar sized, legendary QE2 prior to her retirement in 2008.
New categories of Penthouse Suites and Seabreeze Suites will be added to the ship, mainly at the expense of smaller grades of suites and balcony cabins. And, together with the new and enhanced wealth of dining facilities on board, all of this amounts to the most extensive remodelling of this hugely lauded ship since her launch, some fifteen years ago.
If you’re short on time options, or just want to experience the sybaritic Crystal lifestyle and ambience for the first time, then one of that trio of six night cruises might just well be the thing for you. The options are as follows;
ROUND TRIP ROME (CIVITAVECCHIA): 11-17 MAY, 2019
Rome to Livorno (For Florence or Pisa), Portofino, Monte Carlo, Saint Tropez and Ajaccio, Corsica. UK fares from £2,048 per person
ROME (CIVITAVECCHIA) TO BARCELONA: 17-23 MAY, 2019
Rome to Sorrento, Propriano (Corsica), Cannes, Marseilles, Barcelona (Overnight stay). UK fares from £2,048 per person.
ROUND TRIP BARCELONA: 23-29 MAY, 2019
Barcelona to Cassis (France), Livorno (For Florence or Pisa), Monte Carlo, Calvi (Corsica), Barcelona (Overnight stay). UK fares from £1,903 per person/ This sailing is also in port for the Monaco Grand Prix.
All three sailings are offered as all inclusive packages. And, while all are short on actual sea time, there is always the option of foregoing one (or more) of the shore visits for the chance to spend more time simply luxuriating on the ship itself. Not a bad way to spend a day, as it happens.
While any one of these trips would make a great appetiser, or an even better chance to get reacquainted with the Crystal experience, I can imagine little better than combining all three trips for one long, glorious, hassle free way to see the best of the summertime Mediterranean (and all of the Corsica calls, in particular, are very attractive), while packing and unpacking just the once.