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 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]

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.[8] 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.[9] 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.[10] By March 2001, Crystal Cruises unveiled the designs for the upcoming Crystal Serenity.[11] 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]

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 reach 10 years living aboard the ship. She spends about 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.[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]

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]

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



  1. ^ a b "Crystal Serenity' Keel Laying, Construction Milestone is Completed". Crystal Cruises. 2002-07-09. Retrieved 2010-05-10. [permanent dead link]
  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. ^ "Serenity Crystal Cruises Announces Commitment to Build Third Ship". Crystal Cruises. 2000-03-08. Archived from the original on 2013-01-21. Retrieved 2017-01-22. 
  9. ^ Crystal Cruises Orders New Build. Press Release. Crystal Cruises. 7 November 2000. Retrieved 10 May 2010
  10. ^ Crystal Cruises Signs Contract for New Ship. Press Release. Crystal Cruises. 12 December 2000. Retrieved 10 May 2010
  11. ^ Crystal Cruises Unveils Design Plans for Third Ship. Press Release. Crystal Cruises. 6 March 2001. Retrieved 10 May 2010
  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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