Europe and Mediterranean: Amalfi and Dalmatia Dreams Cruise

Crystal Cruises

Rich in historical and natural beauty, every destination on this voyage boasts UNESCO treasures of extraordinary wonder: monuments and archaeological sites; exquisite beaches and walled cities; a breathtaking bay, intriguing caves and iconic canals.

All-Inclusive Cruise

  • Fine wines, Champagne and premium spirits

  • Gratuities for dining, bar, housekeeping and Penthouse butler staff

  • Specialty dining celebrating the cuisines of Nobu Matsuhisa and Piero Selvaggio

  • Enrichment programs featuring the innovative Creative Learning Institute®

  • Fitness programs with classes in yoga, Pilates and Spinning®, and more

Executive Member Benefit

  • Executive Members earn an annual 2% Reward on Costco Travel purchases

  • Receive a $100 shipboard credit per stateroom††

Costco Shop Card

  • Member Exclusive: Costco Members receive a Costco Shop Card with every Crystal sailing†

Sailing Itinerary

Note: Cruise itineraries are subject to change. Please verify ports and times directly with the cruise line.

Day 1Port of Call Rome/CivitavecchiaDeparture 6:00pm

Overview

Located about 80 kilometers northwest of Rome, the Port of Civitavecchia is the port of Rome and a busy ferry and cargo port serving Italy and southern Europe. Lying on Italy’s eastern shores on the Tyrrhenian Sea, the Port of Civitavecchia has excellent direct connections to Rome. It is an important cruise and ferry port with regular passage to Sardinia, Malta, Sicily, Tunis, and Barcelona. Fishing is of secondary importance to the Port of Civitavecchia. In addition to ocean-going traffic, the Port of Civitavecchia also contains a thermoelectric center and metallurgical works. In 2006, over 51 thousand people called the Port of Civitavecchia home. The Port of Civitavecchia was built on an earlier Etruscan settlement. Emperor Trajan founded the Port of Civitavecchia in the early 2nd Century, calling it Centumcellae. Today, Trajan’s Port is preserved within today’s Port of Civitavecchia. A busy growing town during the late Roman era, the Port of Civitavecchia was attacked by Vandals and then destroyed by the Saracens in 828 AD. Residents escaped to the nearby Allumiere Mountains where Pope Leo IV built a walled town in 854. Eventually, the people returned to Civitavecchia (the name means “old city”). At the end of the 15th Century, the Port of Civitavecchia was under frequent attack by pirates. The naval arsenal was constructed in 1508. Pope Paul III commissioned the building of the keep, which was designed by Donato Bramante and then finished by Michelangelo in 1537, to protect the Port of Civitavecchia from the pirate attacks. In 1696, Civitavecchia became a free port under Pope Innocent XII. Because it was Rome’s main port, the French occupied the Port of Civitavecchia in 1849. The Port of Civitavecchia was linked to Rome by the Rome and Civitavecchia Rail Road in 1859. When the Port of Civitavecchia became part of the Kingdom of Italy in 1870, it was one of the Papal State’s most strongly-fortified towns when Papal troops welcomed General Nino Bixio on behalf of the Italian unification forces into the Port of Civitavecchia fortress. World War II brought destruction to as much as three-quarters of the Port of Civitavecchia. Reconstruction enlarged the Port of Civitavecchia beyond its pre-war area. The Autorita Portuale Civitavecchia (Port of Rome) is responsible for managing and operating the Port of Civitavecchia as well as the ports of Fiumicino and Gaeta. The modern Port of Civitavecchia is at the center of rail, road, and air networks that link it with central Italy and the world. The Port of Civitavecchia has capacity to handle about 11 million tons of cargo per year and over 1.5 million passengers. Cargoes include forest products, cereals, iron and steel, chemicals, automobiles, containers, and liquid bulk. In 2007, the Port of Civitavecchia welcomed 856 cruise vessels carrying 1.6 million passengers, and the total number of passengers using ferries and cruise vessels was 3.8 million. In 2007, the Port of Civitavecchia handled a total of 7.7 million tons of cargo. This total included 1.5 million tons of liquid bulk, 1.7 million tons of solid bulk, 4.6 million tons of packages, and 31.1 thousand TEUs of containerized cargo. The Port of Civitavecchia contains 28 berths of a total 5.6 thousand meters in length with alongside depths from 6 to 18 meters. Port properties include five warehouses containing 36 thousand square meters for handling and storing cargoes. The intermodal terminal includes seven thousand square meters of storage space and 12.5 thousand square meters for loading/unloading rail cars and parking. The Port of Civitavecchia is one of the busiest ferry ports in the world. Just 80 kilometers northwest of Rome, it is the main tourist destination for people traveling to the Eternal City. It is also a central port for ferries carrying passengers to more local destinations. The ferry terminal offers a complete line of amenities. Different ferry companies offer services to the various destinations. Moby Lines handles crossings to Olbia, Sardinia. Corsica Sardinia Ferries runs services to Golfo Aranci. Grimaldi Ferries carries passengers to Barcelona and Tunis, and Grand Navi Veloci operates a route to Tunis. Ferrovie dello Stato operates a combined rail-ferry service to Golfo Aranci.

Day 2Port of Call Sorrento/Italy Arrival 7:30am

Overview

Sorrento is a coastal town in southwestern Italy, facing the Bay of Naples on the Sorrentine Peninsula. Perched atop cliffs that separate the town from its busy marinas, it’s known for sweeping water views and Piazza Tasso, a cafe-lined square. The historic center is a warren of narrow alleys that's home to the Chiesa di San Francesco, a 14th-century church with a tranquil cloister.

Day 3Port of Call Sorrento/ItalyDeparture 6:00pm

Overview

Sorrento is a coastal town in southwestern Italy, facing the Bay of Naples on the Sorrentine Peninsula. Perched atop cliffs that separate the town from its busy marinas, it’s known for sweeping water views and Piazza Tasso, a cafe-lined square. The historic center is a warren of narrow alleys that's home to the Chiesa di San Francesco, a 14th-century church with a tranquil cloister.

Day 4Port of Call Taormina Arrival 7:30amDeparture 6:00pm

Overview

Taormina is a hilltop town on the east coast of Sicily. It sits near Mount Etna, an active volcano with trails leading to the summit. The town is known for the Teatro Antico di Taormina, an ancient Greco-­Roman theater still used today. Near the theater, cliffs drop to the sea forming coves with sandy beaches. A narrow stretch of sand connects to Isola Bella, a tiny island and nature reserve.

Day 5 Cruising
Day 5Port of Call Corfu Arrival 12:00pmDeparture 7:00pm

Overview

Corfu Town (Kerkyra) is a principal port and the largest town in the Ionian islands. It is built between two Venetian castles, having its own unique atmosphere. It is a thriving mass of shops and businesses, set amongst a captivating and charming assortment of elegant buildings, churches, imposing fortresses and narrow alleyways leading to hidden squares. The tall buildings with the 'volta' (arches), the 'cantounia' (narrow flagstoned streets), the 'mouragia' (sea-walls) are showing all a clear Italian influence. One of the most beautiful walks in the town is around the Esplanade (Spianada square), one of the biggest squares in Europe which is the hub of the Corfiot's life. Here you can walk around or sit in one of the many cafe bars underneath the arches of the 'Liston', a name probably derived from a similar promenade in Venice. Liston was built during the imperial French occupation and is reminiscent of the larger 'Arcades' of the Rue de Rivoli in Paris. On the upper side of Esplanade stands a memorial to the British Lord High Commissioner Sir Thomas Maitland, built in 1816 in the shape of a circular building with Ionian columns. The Corfiots call this building 'sterna' (cistern) because this was where the entrance to the largest underground cistern of the town was to be found. Near the Maitland's monument, in front of the building where the Ionian Academy was housed, stands the statue of John Capodistrias, the first President of Greece. It is a work from the end of the 19th century showing the Governor standing deep in thought. Opposite the Liston is the the Old Fortress and 'Anthonas', the Municipal Gardens. In the gardens is the statue of Lord Guilford, showing the founder of the Ionian Academy in his academic robes holding an open book. Nearby are the busts of two famous Corfiots, the poet Lorenzo Mavilis and the writer Dinos Theotokis. At the northern end of Esplanade stands the Palace of St. Michael and St. George, one of the most elegant buildings in Corfu. Opposite the west front of the palace is a beautiful building which now houses the Reading Society of Corfu, the oldest cultural institute in modern Greece, founded in 1836. The Reading Society contains a unique library of Greek and foreign books as well as a large collection of manuscripts, newspapers, periodicals, paintings, maps and engravings mostly related to the Ionian islands. As one's gaze leaves the Esplanade, after lingering on the palace, it embraces a magnificent view towards the coastal road (Arseniou Street) with its sea-walls. Following along this road will take you to the Old Harbour of Corfu and the other Venetian castle, the one called the New Fortress. Along this road the narrow lanes ('cantounia') lead to the Campielo, the oldest quarter of the town. Here the visitor can find the oldest houses and many of the historic churches in Corfu. At the northern end of Capodistria Street stands the Capodistria Mansion, an excellent example of neo-classical architecture. It was built in 1835 by the Corfiot architect John Chronis and is considered one of the most beautiful buildings in Greece. Here John Capodistrias, the first President of Greece, was born. Another notable landmark in the old town is the central market. The most interesting street here is Nickiforou Theotoki as the rows upon rows of 'volta' standing on their stone columns and the tall buildings form one of the most characteristic aspects of Corfu Town. In a little square on Nickiforou Theotoki Street stands the building of the Ionian Bank, which was built in 1846 displaying a well-proportioned facade with finely detailed Ionian pilasters and pediment. On the first floor of the building the Paper Money Museum is housed. At the far end of the square is the Church of St. Spyridon. It shelters the body of St. Spyridon, the patron saint of Corfu and one of the great Saints of Greek Orthodoxy and draws a constant stream of pilgrims from all over Greece every year. On the Evgeniou Voulgareos Street stands the crenellated belfry of the Roman Catholic Church of the Annunciation a venerable building from the end of the 14th century. The whole building was destroyed in the World War II bombing, and the only remains are the belfry, two inscriptions and a bas-relief representing war trophies. Between Evgeniou Voulgareos Street and a modern square stands the most elegant of the Venetian buildings in Corfu, the Town Hall in baroque style. At the end of Moustoxydi Street stands another building of the period of British rule, the historic the Ionian Parliament. At the junction of the Garitsa coastal road and Alexandras Avenue stands the Douglas Obelisk, which also belongs to the same period, erected in honour of the Lord High Commissioner Sir Howard Douglas, to whom Corfu owes a lot of public works and philanthropic institutions.

Day 6Port of Call Kotor Arrival 8:00amDeparture 6:00pm

Overview

Kotor is a fortified town on Montenegro’s Adriatic coast, in a bay near the limestone cliffs of Mt. Lovcen. Characterized by winding streets and squares, its medieval old town has several Romanesque churches, including Kotor Cathedral. It's also home to the Maritime Museum, which explores local seafaring history. Sveti Ðorde, one of 2 tiny islands off the ancient town of Perast, features a centuries-old church.

Day 7 Dubrovnik Arrival 8:00amDeparture 6:00pm
Day 8Port of Call Koper Arrival 12:00pmDeparture 8:00pm

Overview

Koper is a port city in Slovenia, on the country's Adriatic coastline. Its medieval old town centers around Titov Trg, a square with Venetian-influenced landmarks such as the Praetorian Palace and a Gothic-style loggia, while nearby Da Ponte Fountain is a replica of Venice's famed Rialto Bridge. Rebuilt many times, the circa-12th-century Cathedral of the Assumption features a tall campanile with sweeping bay views.

Day 9Port of Call Venice/Italy Arrival 7:00am

Overview

One of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world, Venice is simply magical. The city is surrounded by water; the quiet canals are like city streets crossed by little bridges. There are no cars; it is a pedestrian haven. The piazza San Marco, one of the most beautiful squares in the world, is crowded with pigeons and people during the day, but at night becomes an open-air ballroom. Music from several orchestras wafts across the candlelit square. It is a place for lovers and lovers of art and beauty. But, the very thing that makes Venice so special is also a threat. The water has been rising and exceptionally high tides have been flooding the square and eroding the buildings. Much thought and care has been given to finding ways to preserve this special city, but we would waste no time in visiting Venice as soon as you can. It is worth a lot to see this treasure before it is too late.

Day 10Venice/Italy

Overview

One of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world, Venice is simply magical. The city is surrounded by water; the quiet canals are like city streets crossed by little bridges. There are no cars; it is a pedestrian haven. The piazza San Marco, one of the most beautiful squares in the world, is crowded with pigeons and people during the day, but at night becomes an open-air ballroom. Music from several orchestras wafts across the candlelit square. It is a place for lovers and lovers of art and beauty. But, the very thing that makes Venice so special is also a threat. The water has been rising and exceptionally high tides have been flooding the square and eroding the buildings. Much thought and care has been given to finding ways to preserve this special city, but we would waste no time in visiting Venice as soon as you can. It is worth a lot to see this treasure before it is too late.

Onboard the Crystal Serenity

Costco Member Reviews

4.5 of 5 stars4.5/5 (98 Reviews)

Ship Rating

4.5/5

Known simply as one of the best cruise ships in the world, Crystal Serenity® is consistently awarded the highest accolades by readers of Conde Nast Traveler. Graciously attended to by a world-class crew, your every conceivable need is fulfilled with expert care. Crystal Serenity invites you to explore the world in an ambiance of understated elegance, sophistication and style.

Onboard Activities

Activities & Services (included in cruise)

Galaxy Lounge

  • Casino
  • Disco/Nightclub
  • Movies
  • Theater/Show Lounge
  • Fitness Center
  • Fitness Classes
  • Sauna/Steam Room
  • Educational Programs
  • Pool - Outdoor
  • Pool - Indoor
  • Whirlpool/Jacuzzi
  • Golf Driving Net
  • Putting Green
  • Table Tennis
  • Art Gallery
  • Bars/Lounges
  • Library
  • Children's Indoor Play Area
  • Organized Age Specific Activities
  • Teen Center or Disco
  • Teen Programs
  • Business Center
  • Concierge Desk
  • Conference Center
  • Duty-Free Shops/Boutiques
  • Elevators
  • Religious Services
  • Safe Deposit Boxes

Activities & Services (available for an extra fee)

Crystal Life Spa

  • Beauty Salon
  • Full-Service Spa
  • Spa Services/Massage
  • Internet Center
  • Babysitting
  • Dry Cleaning/ Laundry Service
  • Infirmary/Medical Center
  • Self-Service Laundromat
  • Wedding/Vow Renewal

Costco Travel makes every effort to verify the accuracy of all information provided. Additional fees for amenities or services may be charged by the cruise line. Amenities or services may be discontinued or revised by the cruise line without notice. Staterooms designated as wheelchair-accessible do not necessarily meet ADA requirements. Costco Travel is not responsible for inaccuracies or provider modifications.

Dining

Crystal Dining Room

Main Dining

Crystal Dining Room: The extraordinary cuisine for which Crystal is renowned is served in the stylishly sophisticated Crystal Dining Room. Inventive menus showcase the unique flavors of the world with regionally inspired dishes presented alongside classic continental favorites. Gracious European-trained waiters anticipate your every desire, while expert sommeliers share passionate insight on one of the most comprehensive wine cellars at sea. The Crystal Dining Room offers the flexibility of two seatings for dinner, classic main or late seating, and provides the convenience of open seating for breakfast and lunch.

Sushi Bar

Specialty Dining

Prego: A seasonally changing Valentino at Prego menu features spectacular signature dishes, along with wines that are served at Piero Selvaggio’s revered Los Angeles and Las Vegas restaurants, Valentino. Valentino is considered by many to be among the finest Italian restaurants in the country. Serving dinner only.

Silk Road and the Sushi Bar: Cuisine of world-renowned master chef Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa is prepared by Nobu-trained chefs at Silk Road and The Sushi Bar. Nobu blends classically styled Japanese foods with distinct Peruvian and European influences. While The Sushi Bar offers an assortment of Nobu’s inventive sushi and sashimi, Silk Road presents his celebrated dishes and his signature dessert. Serving dinner only.

The Vintage Room: Inspired by the rich tradition of wine makers to gather and showcase their most treasured vintages, dinners served in the elegant Vintage Room are the ultimate experience for wine enthusiasts. Offered several times during each voyage, guests may reserve a seat at the Vintage Room table for an all-inclusive cost (wine, cuisine and gratuity), joining a minimum of 10 other guests for an extravagant culinary experience.

The Bistro

Casual Dining

Lido Cafe: A bright and welcoming space offering exceptional panoramic sea views, this indoor/outdoor venue features elaborate breakfast buffets with exotic fruits and freshly baked breads and pastries, as well as made-to-order omelets, waffles, and pancakes. Luncheon buffets include custom-made pastas and salads, a delicious selection of soups, carved meats, fresh fish and sumptuous desserts, including sugar-free options. Serving breakfast and lunch.

Trident Grill: The ultimate poolside grill with a full bar serves deliciously light fare including made-to-order grills, wraps, melts and gourmet pizzas. On select evenings, the Trident Grill offers casual dinners at a relaxing setup around Neptune Pool with exciting selections served in a comfortable ambiance. Dress code is casual and reservations are not required. Serving a Late-Risers Breakfast, lunch and dinner on select evenings.

Tastes: A poolside open kitchen aft of the Trident Grill elevates lunchtime and casual evening dining with a sophisticated, international flair. Homemade soups are prepared daily, accompanying delectable starters, side dishes and entrées. A selection of premium wines is available by the glass or by the bottle. Serving a late-riser's breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The Bistro: This European-inspired café is an ideal spot to enjoy a freshly baked morning croissant with espresso before venturing out for your shoreside adventures. Later in the day, relax with an exotic coffee drink or premium wines by the glass as you nibble on delectable pâtés, international cheeses and freshly baked desserts. Distinctive to Crystal, The Bistro’s exclusive porcelain is created by celebrated artist Guy Buffet. Serving breakfast and lunch.

Scoops: Offers ice cream served in freshly made waffle cones, mouth-watering fudge brownies, cookies and ice cream sundaes.

Room Service: Complimentary 24-hour dining in the comfort of your stateroom.


Times, costs and other specifics are outside the control of Costco Travel. All information is at the sole discretion of the cruise line and is subject to change without notice. Dining time and table size preferences are submitted to the cruise line on a first-come, first-served request basis and are confirmed aboard ship. Questions, concerns and/or special needs regarding dining arrangements must be addressed with the maitre d' hotel aboard ship. Every effort is made to accommodate travelers' preferences; however, Costco Travel cannot guarantee dining arrangements. In specialty restaurants, space is limited and reservations are recommended. A cover charge and dress code may apply.

Staterooms

Deluxe Stateroom with Picture Window (Category: C3)

Category: C3

Deluxe Stateroom with Picture Window (slightly limited view) (Category: C2)

Category: C2

Deluxe Stateroom with Picture Window (Category: C1)

Category: C1

Deluxe Stateroom with Verandah (Category: B3)

Category: B3

Deluxe Stateroom with Verandah (slightly limited view) (Category: B2)

Category: B2

Deluxe Stateroom with Verandah (Category: B1)

Category: B1

Deluxe Stateroom with Verandah (Category: A2)

Category: A2

Deluxe Stateroom with Verandah (Category: A1)

Category: A1

Deluxe Stateroom with Verandah (Category: P2)

Category: P2

Deluxe Stateroom with Verandah (Category: P1)

Category: P1

Penthouse with Verandah (Category: PH)

Category: PH

Penthouse Suite with Verandah (Category: PS)

Category: PS

Crystal Penthouse with Verandah (Category: CP)

Category: CP

Deck Plan

Cruise Ship
Sun Deck
Key to Symbols
SymbolDescription
Third berth available; as well as in Penthouses (PS and PH) with the exception of those designed for guests with disabilities, 10064 and 10065. Note: Third berth waiver required.Third berth available; as well as in Penthouses (PS and PH) with the exception of those designed for guests with disabilities, 10064 and 10065. Note: Third berth waiver required.
Stateroom for guests with disabilitiesStateroom for guests with disabilities
Queen-bed configuration onlyQueen-bed configuration only
Connecting stateroomsConnecting staterooms

Ship Facts

Crystal Serenity ship image
  • Ship Name: Crystal Serenity
  • Year Built: 2003
  • Year Refurbished: 2013
  • Year Entered Present Fleet: 2003
  • Number of Passenger Decks: 9
  • Number of Crew: 655
  • Officers' Nationality: European
  • Ocean-View without Balcony: 70
  • Ocean-View with Balcony: 356
  • Tonnage (GRT): 68,870
  • Capacity Based on Double Occupancy: 1,070
  • Country of Registry: The Bahamas
  • Total Staterooms: 535
  • Suites with Balcony: 109
  • Crew/Hotel Staff Nationality: European/International
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Suite Stateroom

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Ship's registry: Bahamas

    Package ID: CRYSEREUR20230808