Crystal Serenity

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Crystal Serenity mooring in Antwerp
Name: Crystal Serenity
Owner: Crystal Cruises
Port of registry: Nassau,  Bahamas
Ordered: 7 November 2000
Builder: STX Europe Chantiers de l'Atlantique, St. Nazaire, France
Cost: US$350 million
Laid down: 13 June 2002
Launched: 10 August 2002
Christened: 3 July 2003[1] by Dame Julie Andrews
Completed: 30 June 2003
Maiden voyage: 7 July 2003
In service: 7 July 2003
Status: In service
Notes: [2][3]
General characteristics [4][5]
Type: Cruise ship
  • 68,870 GT
  • 34,913 NT
Length: 250 m (820 ft)
Beam: 32.2 m (106 ft)
Draught: 8 m (26 ft)
  • 13 decks
  • 9 decks passenger accessible
Ice class: 1C
Installed power: 6 × Wärtsilä 12V38B (6 × 8,700 kW)[6]
Propulsion: Diesel-electric; two Rolls-Royce Mermaid propulsion units (2 × 13,500 kW)[6]
  • 21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph) (service)
  • 22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph) (maximum)
Capacity: 980 passengers
Crew: 655

Crystal Serenity is a cruise ship owned by Crystal Cruises. Crystal Serenity was built in 2003 by STX Europe in St. Nazaire.[7] She operates together with her older fleetmate, Crystal Symphony, offering around the world voyages.

Concept and construction[edit]

Crystal Serenity was ordered from Chantiers de l'Atlantique (now STX France Cruise SA) on 7 November 2000.[8] The keel of Crystal Serenity was laid on 13 June 2002 and she was launched on 10 August 2002 being completed on 30 June 2003.[9] She was formally named on 3 July 2003, by Dame Julie Andrews, in Southampton, United Kingdom.

The lead designer of Crystal Serenity was Robert Tillberg of Tillberg Design.[4] The other designers were the Italian Garroni Designers Company, Japanese Okada & Associates, American Nix Firestone Associates and II by IV design Associates, British Stephenjohn Design and was internally designed by Brennan Beer Gorman Monk (BBGM) of New York.[4]

In November 2018 she will emerge from an extensive redesign at Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven.[10][11]

Full-Time passenger (Permanent luxury cruise ship resident)[edit]

Passenger Lee Wachtstetter, known as "Mama Lee", 88 Years old in 2016, lives aboard the Crystal Serenity full-time. She is the longest permanent luxury cruise ship resident. In 2018, she reached 10 years living aboard the ship. She spends about US$170k a year to live on the ship full-time. [12][13][14][15]

Ports of call[edit]

The maiden voyage of Crystal Serenity was on July 7, 2003, 4 days after her christening. It was a 14-day round-trip cruise, departing Southampton and cruising Northern Europe. During her inaugural season, Crystal Serenity held summer cruises in Europe, the Mediterranean Sea, and a transatlantic crossing. It was followed by two Caribbean/Panama Canal voyages and a combined Christmas/New Year Mexican Riviera cruise, round-trip from Los Angeles.[1]

On January 14, 2004, she embarked on her first world cruise; a 106-day voyage departing Los Angeles, which concluded on May 5, in New York City.[1]

Crystal Serenity was the largest cruise ship ever to navigate the Northwest Passage. Starting on 10 August 2016, the ship sailed from Vancouver to New York City with 1,700 passengers and crew, taking 28 days for the journey. In the Canadian Arctic it successfully made stops at Ulukhaktok and Cambridge Bay on Victoria Island, then passed up Franklin Strait and through the narrow Bellot Strait, adjacent to Zenith Point, the most northerly extension of North America. It explored Beechy Island where Franklin overwintered, followed by seldom visited fjords on the south side of Devon Island, plus fjords on Baffin Island and the village of Pond Inlet. On Sept. 5, 2016 it sailed for Disko Bay in Greenland.[16] Her transit triggered comments on Canada's Arctic sovereignty.[17]



  1. ^ a b c Dame Julie Andrews Christens Crystal Serenity Amid a Flurry of Color. Press Release. Crystal Cruises. 3 July 2003. Retrieved 10 May 2010
  2. ^ Crystal Serenity cruise review and photos ShipParade. Retrieved 8 May 2010
  3. ^ Crystal Serenity - 9243667 Retrieved 8 May 2010
  4. ^ a b c Crystal Serenity Fact Sheet. Crystal Cruises. Retrieved 9 May 2010
  5. ^ "Crystal Serenity (37915)". DNV GL Vessel Register. Det Norske Veritas. Retrieved 2019-01-06.
  6. ^ a b "Crystal Serenity (9243667)". Sea-web. Retrieved 2019-01-06.
  7. ^ Technical information - STX Europe AS - Crystal Serenity STX Europe AS. Retrieved 8 May 2010
  8. ^ Crystal Cruises Orders New Build. Press Release. Crystal Cruises. 7 November 2000. Retrieved 10 May 2010
  9. ^ "Crystal Serenity (9243667)". Miramar Ship Index. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
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  12. ^ "Woman pays $164K per year to live on luxury cruise ship". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2018-04-28.
  13. ^ CBS This Morning (2016-08-22), 88-year-old retires and lives on cruise ship, retrieved 2018-04-28
  14. ^ Wachtstetter, Lee (2016-03-07). "What it's like to live on a cruise ship for 8 years". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2018-04-28.
  15. ^ Kickham, Debbi. "How To Retire On A Luxury Cruise Ship". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-04-28.
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  17. ^ Mieke Coppes (2016-09-05). "Analysis: Questioning the Relevance of Canada's Operation Nanook". News deeply. Retrieved 2017-01-22. And although the scenario only involved a small ship of 50 people, with the Crystal Serenity (which has approximately 1,000 passengers onboard) sailing through the Northwest Passage, the Canadian military’s capacity to react to this type of crisis is crucial.


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