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: 9 July 2002[1]
Christened: 3 July 2003[2] by Dame Julie Andrews
Maiden voyage: 7 July 2003
In service: 7 July 2003
Status: In service
Notes: [3][4][5]
General characteristics
Type: Cruise ship
Tonnage: 68,870 GT
Length: 820 ft (249.94 m)
Beam: 106 ft (32.31 m)
Draught: 25 ft (7.62 m)
  • 13 decks
  • 9 decks passenger accessible
Installed power: 25 knots
  • 21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph) (service)
  • 22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph) (maximum)
Capacity: 1,070 passengers
Crew: 655
Notes: [3][6]

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

Concept and construction[edit]

By March 2000, Nippon Yusen Kaisha, parent company of Crystal, started negotiations with the French shipyard, Chantiers de l'Atlantique, for the construction of a third ship for Crystal Cruises.[1] Crystal Serenity was then ordered in Chantiers de l'Atlantique (now STX France Cruise SA) on 7 November 2000, together with the signed Letter of Intent.[8] On 12 December 2000, the official contract was then signed by NYK and Chantiers, for the construction of Crystal Serenity, with an expected delivery by June 2003, which was 6 months ahead of the original plans.[9] By March 2001, Crystal Cruises unveiled the designs for the upcoming Crystal Serenity.[10] The keel of Crystal Serenity was laid on 9 July 2002[1] in Chantiers de l'Atlantique in St. Nazaire, France. She was then christened on 3 July 2003, by Dame Julie Andrews, in Southampton, United Kingdom.

The lead designer of Crystal Serenity was Robert Tillberg of Tillberg Design.[3] 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.[3]

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.[2]

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.[2]

Beginning on August 16, 2016, Crystal Serenity will sail a unique 32-day itinerary from Seward, Alaska, to New York City via the Northwest Passage.[11]

Crystal Serenity at Port Louis. 
Crystal Serenity moored at Trieste Maritime Station, July 5th, 2008 
Crystal Serenity seen from the bow. 



  1. ^ a b c Crystal Cruises Announces Commitment to Build Third Ship. Press Release. Crystal Cruises. 8 March 2000. Retrieved 10 May 2010 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Crystal6" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ a b c d Crystal Serenity Fact Sheet. Crystal Cruises. Retrieved 9 May 2010
  4. ^ Crystal Serenity cruise review and photos ShipParade. Retrieved 8 May 2010
  5. ^ Crystal Serenity - 9243667 Retrieved 8 May 2010
  6. ^ Luxury Cruises - Travel Cruise Deals & Vacation Packages Crystal Cruises. Retrieved 8 May 2010
  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 Cruises Signs Contract for New Ship. Press Release. Crystal Cruises. 12 December 2000. Retrieved 10 May 2010
  10. ^ Crystal Cruises Unveils Design Plans for Third Ship. Press Release. Crystal Cruises. 6 March 2001. Retrieved 10 May 2010
  11. ^ "Northwest Passage". Crystal Cruises. Retrieved 2014-07-18. 


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