Celebrity Mercury Crystal Cruises

Time to check out the Crystal Serenity

No cruise ships in Sydney Harbour for a couple of days … so I’ve got time to tell you about my visit to the Crystal Serenity on Saturday. Crystal Cruises are known by those who are well-travelled, enjoy all life’s luxuries, want space, choice and a varied and interesting program and are prepared for the price. We were very lucky to have time to explore the ship during her recent overnight stopover in Sydney. And to have sunny days – earlier in the week Sydney had treated some of our cruise visitors to rain or drizzle.
Crystal Serenity features include all cabins as outside and the majority with a private balcony; two outdoor swimming pools – one of which can be covered with a magrodome in inclement weather; a wide teak promenade deck and excellent fitness facilities; a Palm Court lounge; the Stardust Club where cabaret is the entertainment; a computer learning centre and the popular Avenue Saloon, described in the Berlitz guide as a “throwback to gentlemen’s clubs of yesteryear” – and much more.
Crystal Serenity has departed Sydney for this year but if you would like to know more about her itineraries – or that of her sister ship Crystal Symphony – you can contact me – martin@travelchoice.com.au anytime – or by phone 02 9968 1600.

American travelers vote for their top cruise ships

Top cruise line for large ships according to Conde Nast magazine Traveler’s readers in 2008 is Celebrity Cruises. Celebrity was considered tops in ambience/décor, food/restuarants, service/staff and standard/comfort of cabins. P&O Cruises was top for child-friendliness and Royal Caribbean International topped the list for nightlife/entertainment.

Top three Cruise lines were
1. Celebrity Cruises
2. Crystal Cruises
3 . Royal Caribbean International

Of the small ship lines, Traveler’s readers considered Windstar Cruises to be the best for itinerary/variety of destinations and child-friendliness. Silversea was considered to have the best food/restuarants and Seabourn (The Yachts of Seabourn) line was tops for environmental friendliness.

Top three small ship cruise lines were:
1. Windstar
2. Silversea Cruises
3. Star Cruises

Find out more about the poll.
Our new photo gallery is a quick tour of the Celebrity Mercury – photos taken by me when it was docked in Sydney in February last year.
A quick scan through this blog will show you when some of the ships from these lines have visited Australian ports.
The current Celebrity ship plying Australian ports is the Celebrity Millenium which is cruising around the South Pacific and New Zealand – if you would like info on this ship please contact me – martin@travelchoice.com.au