Crystal Serenity mooring in Antwerp
|Port of registry:||Nassau, Bahamas|
|Ordered:||7 November 2000|
|Builder:||STX Europe Chantiers de l'Atlantique, St. Nazaire, France|
|Laid down:||13 June 2002|
|Launched:||10 August 2002|
|Christened:||3 July 2003 by Dame Julie Andrews|
|Completed:||30 June 2003|
|Maiden voyage:||7 July 2003|
|In service:||7 July 2003|
|General characteristics |
|Length:||250 m (820 ft)|
|Beam:||32.2 m (106 ft)|
|Draught:||8 m (26 ft)|
|Installed power:||6 × Wärtsilä 12V38B (6 × 8,700 kW)|
|Propulsion:||Diesel-electric; two Rolls-Royce Mermaid propulsion units (2 × 13,500 kW)|
Crystal Serenity is a cruise ship owned by Crystal Cruises. Crystal Serenity was built in 2003 by STX Europe in St. Nazaire. She operates together with her older fleetmate, Crystal Symphony, offering around the world voyages.
Concept and construction
Crystal Serenity was ordered from Chantiers de l'Atlantique (now STX France Cruise SA) on 7 November 2000. 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. 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. 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.
Full-Time passenger (Permanent luxury cruise ship resident)
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. 
Ports of call
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.
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.
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. Her transit triggered comments on Canada's Arctic sovereignty.
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