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Crytal's shining brightly: Ship boasts six-star luxury

Crystal Serenity at sea
Crystal Serenity at sea

By Sue Corbett

A slice of six-star luxury was served up here recently when the newly-refurbished Crystal Serenity docked in Belfast for a one-day stay.

Whilst the luxury cruise ship's international passengers ventured ashore to sample Northern Ireland's tourist attractions, a group of VIPs were treated to lunch on board.

Local travel agents eagerly accepted the invitation to see for themselves the hallmarks of quality delivered by Crystal, the cruise line deservedly hailed as the top all-inclusive luxury brand.

Having earned its reputation for offering travellers the world's most luxurious hospitality and lifestyle portfolio, Crystal is very definitely not resting on its laurels. It continues to raise the bar in the luxury cruise market by continuously evolving to offer unparalleled levels of choice and quality.

Following a multi-million pound revamp, Serenity now boasts more butler-serviced penthouse suites and that means a reduction in passengers to fewer than 1,000. The impressive makeover ensures that ship service and space ratios are the highest in the industry.

Michelin-level dining is offered on board with choices of restaurants, and the impressive programme of entertainment includes an industry first thanks to a cinema showing premiere and Oscar-nominated movies (as well as TVs in all of the staterooms). Free wifi is also available on board.

No surprise then that the Crystal cruise line has earned more 'World Best' awards than any of its rivals (including hotels and resorts).

Crystal Serenity
Crystal Serenity

Watch out for Endeavour - the world's largest and most luxurious expedition yacht - due to join the Crystal fleet next year. Purpose-built for icy waters, it will be bound for far-flung regions within Antarctica, South East Asia and Russia.

Whether it be a voyage on board Endeavour, Serenity or their sister ship - Symphony - Northern Ireland cruise-goers will be well advised to take a look at the Crystal itineraries for 2020.

"A trip of a lifetime awaits local travellers on board a Crystal voyage," promises local cruise guru Nan Short. "Travel agents saw for themselves how exciting the new-look Serenity is and they were left in no doubt why this will be top of the 'wish list' for discerning holidaymakers."

Crystal Penthouse bedroom
Crystal Penthouse bedroom
Crystal Serenity sushi bar

For further information, go to www.crystalcruises.co.uk

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