Crystal Serenity to emerge from drydock with a supper club experience

The supper club will take place in the reimagined Stardust Club, which is getting a new dance floor, lighting, bar finishes and refreshed décor The supper club will take place in the reimagined Stardust Club, which is getting a new dance floor, lighting, bar finishes and refreshed décor RENDERING: Crystal Cruises

Crystal Cruises plans a new supper experience on Crystal Serenity when the ship emerges from drydock on Nov. 10. The Stardust Supper Club combines Crystal's culinary standards and style with the glamorous vibe of a different era.

Set in the ship’s Stardust Club, the supper club will be offered on the first and final 'black tie optional' evenings of voyages eight days or longer.

Intimate alternative to Waterside

'The Stardust Supper Club highlights the music and vibe of the exclusive clubs of the Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin heyday, and perfectly complements the elegance of a formal evening aboard Crystal ships,' said Toni Neumeister, Crystal’s SVP hotel operations. He added this is an intimate alternative to the grand occasions found in the Crystal Dining Room, which will be transformed into Waterside during the ship's drydock.

The supper club will offer a four-course menu of select Waterside favorites, while Crystal Serenity’s Show Band and featured vocalists perform. Musicians will provide nonstop music throughout dinner, while the ship’s Ballroom Dance Quartet takes to the floor to perform a couple of spotlight dances including one during dessert and coffee service where passengers can join in on the dancing.

Up to 108 diners per evening

The Stardust Supper Club will accommodate up to 108 diners per evening, with reservations available upon embarkation with the shipboard restaurant manager. At a later date, reservations can be made via Crystal’s Priority Check-in and Planning Center. Seating will begin at 6:30 p.m. giving ample time to dine and dance before the night’s 9:15 production show begins in the Galaxy Lounge.

Crystal Serenity is scheduled to sail from Lisbon on Nov. 10, bound for Fort Lauderdale, the first cruise after completing an extensive redesign. This will transform accommodations, dining options and public spaces, while incorporating technological advancements.

Included is a new look for the Stardust Club, a central hub for bridge groups, enrichment speakers and nighttime dancing and drinks. A new dance floor, lighting, bar finishes and refreshed décor is featured, as well as several enhancements behind the scenes to the overall entertainment experience.

Additionally, during the drydock the Crystal entertainment team is installing a new Broadway-style production, 'Crystal on Broadway, The Show,' featuring songs from the hit musicals 'Rent,' 'Something Rotten!' and 'West Side Story.'

Open-seating dining debuts

Open-seating dining will debut aboard Crystal Serenity, and the Crystal Dining Room will be transformed into Waterside, with increased seating capacity including more tables for two and four, and new décor and finishes. Silk Road will be rebranded as Umi Uma & Sushi Bar and will continue to serve Nobu Matsuhisa's famous signature dishes prepared by his trained and handpicked chefs. Tastes will become Silk Kitchen & Bar serving Chinese comfort food; and Lido Café becomes The Marketplace in the daytime and Churrascaria, a Brazilian steak house, in the evening. Prego, Crystal’s Italian restaurant, will continue to serve regional Italian specialties.

New Seabreeze Penthouses and Penthouse Suites

The ship is also gaining 36 new Seabreeze Penthouses and two new Seabreeze Penthouse Suites, reducing Crystal Serenity's capacity from 1,070 to 980 passengers, while the number of crew on board remains the same.

Palm Court, a favorite spot for gatherings of all sorts, will see a dramatic transformation with more intimate seating. The lounge will receive new finishes, carpeting and more tables for two including a combination of cocktail tables and chairs, dramatic wingback chairs with footstools, sofas and coffee tables. The stage will be removed and relocated in an 'in-the-round' concept along with a new modernized bar area.

Enrichment facilities are also undergoing a redesign. The Computer University@Sea and adjoining classroom, as well as the multipurpose Studio, will receive new carpeting, seating and equipment, along with 70-inch televisions to enhance the programming of Creative Learning Institute and Crystal Visions Lecture Series.

Posted 24 October 2018

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