Tue, Jun 5: Fly to London, England.
Wed, Jun 6: Arrive and transfer to a London hotel for overnight. Have the day at leisure. London's legendary sights include Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Parliament Square, Whitehall and the fashionable West End. You may fly into London on June 6 to arrive on June 7 and transfer to the ship in Dover, however, we recommend a pre-cruise overnight).
Thu, Jun 7: Transfer to Dover to board the Crystal Serenity. For centuries, Dover has been a symbol of England's royal fortitude. The port's legendary White Cliffs have long been a welcomed landmark for seafaring travelers. The solid Dover Castle has faced invasions by Roman, French and even English troops. Note: Arrival and departure times for this port will depend on tidal restrictions.
Fri, Jun 8: Amsterdam. Amsterdam derives its name from a 13th-century protective dam. It is a beautifully preserved city with quaint architectural styles, priceless art treasures and welcoming people. Many of its wondrous highlights are located within the five concentric canals that gird the city's older neighborhoods and business districts. Whether cruising its waterways or visiting its exquisite galleries and museums, you will discover a wealth of fascinating sightseeing opportunities. A short drive away, characteristic towns preserve their traditional Dutch ways with intricate national costumes, sturdy wooden shoes and purposeful windmills. Spend the night in port to allow for another day for exploring.
Sat, Jun 9: Amsterdam. Fill your day with more sightseeing either on your own or on an optional excursion. The ship sails from Amsterdam this evening.
Sun, Jun 10: Cruising the North Sea. While at sea, spend this time exactly as you wish: pamper yourself at the Feng Shui-inspired Crystal Spa, work-out at the state-of-the-art fitness center or Walk-on-Water along the 360o Promenade Deck; learn how to translate your own cruise story into a movie with USC’s School of Cinematic Arts Digital Filmmaking class at our Creative Learning Institute ®; or learn about art, history and worldly destinations with engaging celebrity entertainers and speakers at a Crystal Visions® Enrichment Program; sneak away to watch recently-released movies in the Hollywood Theatre, shop luxury boutiques or simply lounge poolside while our attentive crew caters to your every whim. From mat Pilates and yoga to PGA golf instruction and paddle tennis on full-size courts, today is all about you. As evening arrives, dine on the renowned culinary creations of Nobu Matsuhisa, and Crystal’s own acclaimed chefs with new Modern Cuisine and Global Inspired menus. Enjoy special wine-makers dinners, breakout new production shows, intimate lounges, a pulsing dance club or the action-packed Crystal Casino.
Mon, Jun 11: Copenhagen, Denmark. Denmark, the world's oldest kingdom, awaits your discovery on this visit to its lively capital, Copenhagen. Immerse yourself in the vitality of this delightful city as you explore its expansive parks and plazas, as well as its treasure trove of historic galleries and buildings. Discover its exquisite combination of Scandinavian elegance and European joie de vivre. Visitors traveling outside the city enter an altogether different world—one where stately castles are found nestled in the gentle, emerald-green Danish countryside. Optional excursions include an array of ways to experience Copenhagen – by motor coach, canal boat, bicycle or kayak!
Tue, Jun 12: Cruising the Baltic Sea. Check the ship’s activity roster and plan a fun day to suit your interests. Spend time with traveling companions or escape to the spa!
Wed, Jun 13: Helsinki, Finland. A heritage spanning over 450 years awaits you as you step ashore in Helsinki, "City of the Sea." Spurred on by the inspiration of Carl Ludvig Engel, a native of Berlin who had worked earlier in Tallinn and St. Petersburg, Helsinki has produced some of the world's finest architects. Today, the legacy of their splendid work is seen everywhere. Nonetheless, nature has not been subdued, as leafy parks and picturesque bays continue to exert their timeless influence. A political and economic hub, this city is also a cultural center boasting 20 theatres, the National Opera, numerous museums and galleries.
Thu, Jun 14: St. Petersburg, Russia. Formerly known as Leningrad, St. Petersburg is Russia's second-largest city. It lies on a series of islands on the broad reaches of the mighty Neva River. The network of decorated bridges arching above the numerous waterways and canals are a visual delight. Over 300 years ago, this area was merely marsh and forest land. Peter the Great's vision was to build a window to the west, a city that would be a reflection of the great capitals of Europe. With the energy and drive so characteristic of this great man, he began the task. Magnificent Russian Versailles and Fontainbleau, with names like Pavlovsk and Peterhof, now encircle St. Petersburg; hence this comparatively young city has become ageless. The ship overnights in port, affording ample time to see St. Petersburg. Unites States Passport holders disembarking the ship on a Crystal led excursion will be included under the cruise lines’ umbrella visa and will not need a personal Russian visa.
Fri, Jun 15: St. Petersburg. Seize the day! Take advantage of extra time in port to go back out to fully embrace the majesty of this historic city. Venture out on optional excursions such as a tour of The Hermitage, a musical performance at the Mariinsky Theatre or choose to visit one of several world renown palaces or cathedrals. Sat, Jun 16: St. Petersburg. If there was anything that you missed, now is your chance! The ship departs later this afternoon for Estonia.
Sun, Jun 17: Tallinn, Estonia. Tallinn, capital of the independent republic of Estonia, was a key trading city of the Hanseatic League and one of the largest cities in Europe in the Middle Ages. The exceptionally well-preserved Old Town has earned Tallinn a place on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Today, Tallinn is home to almost a third of Estonia's population. Ancient town walls, old churches, graceful steeples, twisty cobblestone streets, red-tiled roofs and imposing towers reveal German, Swedish and Russian architectural influences. The fortress on Castle Hill and many ancient protective bastions stand as a historical tribute to a time, in the 15th century, when Tallinn was heavily fortified.
Mon, Jun 18: Stockholm, Sweden. Sweden's capital, Stockholm, which sprawls over 14 islands, is often called the "Beauty on Water." Resting amid wooded hills, it is a city surrounded by water, firmly linked by over 50 bridges. Originally founded as a fortress in the 12th century, the earliest mention of Stockholm as a city was in the year 1252. By 1850, the city had less than 100,000 inhabitants. Today, it is one of Europe's most prosperous cities with a population of over a million.
Tue, Jun 19: Stockholm. Disembark and fly home.
The largest of Crystal Cruises ships, the Crystal Serenity is designed so that you never feel crowded. 85% of all outside staterooms have private verandahs and no obstructed views. And the ship received a $25 million refit in 2011. Highlights: deluxe staterooms with flat-panel satellite TVs, refrigerator, kimonos and bathrobes • 9 restaurants • 11 bars/lounges • ice cream bar • 24-hour room service • Broadway style productions • celebrity entertainers • theatre • dance club and dance lessons • art lessons • bridge games and lessons • Crystal Visions® lecture series • casino • library • Computer University@Sea with software instruction and other enrichment workshop classes • spa • two pools • fitness center and classes, including Tai Chi, yoga and PGA gold instruction • dedicated kids and teen play areas • luxury boutiques.