Cruise Ships 2011, The Year In Review: Crystal Cruises

Continuing Shawn J. Dake’s
Cruise Ships 2011, The Year In Review: Crystal Cruises

CRYSTAL SERENITY. Photo © Peter Knego

Crystal Cruises announced that beginning in 2012, their cruises will become all-inclusive.  Gratuities and an open-bar policy including alcoholic beverages will greatly enhance this already luxurious line.  In keeping up their high standards, the CRYSTAL SERENITY underwent a $25 million renovation during a two-week overhaul in Germany during July.  The 68,870 gross ton ship was newly built in 2003.  Used bedspreads were donated to the needy in Senegal, West Africa, while eight 40-foot containers filled with furniture, electronics and accessories were shipped to the Salvation Army in New Jersey.  This is a line that is doing the right thing not only for its passengers but for the world.

Shawn Dake

Shawn Dake

Shawn J. Dake, freelance travel writer and regular contributor to MaritimeMatters, worked in tourism and cruise industry for over 35 years.  A native of Southern California, his first job was as a tour guide aboard the Queen Mary.  A frequent lecturer on ship-related topics he has appeared on TV programs.  Owner of Oceans Away Cruises & Travel agency, he served as President of the local Chapter of Steamship Historical Society of America.  With a love of the sea, he is a veteran of 115 cruises.
Shawn Dake

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