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I must admit I raise an eyebrow when I first see a lecture entitled "What's New in Prostate Cancer" advertised in the Reflections on-board newspaper. If you want, your cruise on Crystal Serenity can be a true learning experience. Instead of spending the day restaurant hopping, you can enroll in Crystal's Creative Learning Institute and leave the ship speaking some Spanish, being able to play the latest Yamaha keyboard, knowing all about Charles Lindbergh and being an expert in cloning digital photos.  

The hours after lunch seem like the perfect time to do something useful. Like checking up on your e-mail! Crystal Serenity is home to Computer University @ Sea, with a large class room used for all sorts of (complimentary) courses. Adjacent to the class room is the Internet Center which has numerous work stations, equipped with all-in-one digital memory card readers, plus photo software. This means you are able to e-mail your digital snapshots home from the ship! Charges for the use of Internet left many of the guests on board utterly puzzled and I would highly recommend Crystal to introduce a  rate per minute, as the current setup is very confusing. 

Computer University @ Sea reception

Crystal Cruises has teamed up with experts to offer an extensive on-board enrichment program. On our cruise, the Berlitz Institute hosted a course in conversational Spanish, while Yamaha invited guests to try out their latest keyboards in a 5-lesson clinic. Medical topics were presented by the Cleveland Clinic and to top it all off there was also a Crystal Visions Enrichment Series,

covering subjects as diverse as The History of the Yucatan Peninsula to Familiar Fruits. After you've learned a lot, you can learn some more in the gorgeous Library. This room has lots of nooks and crannies stocked with books, newspapers, cd's and DVD's and is heaven on earth for guests seeking true serenity. Overstuffed chairs are set up next to listening stations, while books and DVD's can be signed out and enjoyed in the privacy of your stateroom. Instead of the small screen, you might also opt for the big screen. Crystal Serenity boasts a 205-seat  theater, used as both lecture hall and cinema. Every afternoon at 2:30 pm a movie is shown, while evenings usually see two showings of a recent blockbuster.

Tea time at the Palm Court

Once during each cruise, the doors of the exquisite Palm Court open at 3:30 pm for Mozart Tea Time. The staff is dressed up in Austrian period costumes and the Serenade Duo set the mood by playing fitting classical tunes. A huge display of the artistry of Pastry Chef Attila Lajko is set up in the middle of the room and available tea blends are outlined on the special menu.

All three Crystal ships feature a Palm Court area. With its floor-to-ceiling windows, large parquet dance floor and lots of lush foliage under oversized skylights, this room is very popular as a daytime observation lounge and as the venue for the traditional Afternoon Tea. As the sun sets the atmosphere changes though. Twice during every cruise, the Captain will welcome guests here for his cocktail parties. And later in the evening, the Palm Court turns into a sophisticated nightclub where the action is centered around the circular Sunset Bar all the way in the front of the room.

Entrance to Computer University @ Sea

The Studio, full of Yamaha keyboards


Computer Univerity @ Sea classroom

Bridge Lounge
Entrance to the Hollywood Theatre
Photo Shop & Gallery

Tea Time at the Palm Court

Hollywood Theatre

Mozart Tea at the Palm Court

Mozart Tea at the Palm Court
Palm Court


All photos and text: 2004 Bart de Boer -

First published on January 2, 2005

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