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Crystal Symphony back on duty after most expansive makeover in her history

Crystal Symphony returns to the seas with newly designed spaces, features and amenities following the most expansive makeover in her history.

Her new look may be decidedly modern, particularly in regard to the high-tech features in staterooms and penthouses, but the ship still retains the classic elegance for which she is renowned.

Crystal Symphony resumed sailing with an 18-day voyage from Rome to Dubai after the month-long dry dock redesign reaffirmed Crystal’s commitment to providing among the most luxurious ocean experiences in the world.

Crystal Symphony Waterside restaurant
The dazzling new light feature in the centre of the Waterside restaurant

An open seating dining concept ushers in new restaurants on board, while more of the spacious, butler-serviced Penthouse accommodations have been added.

Throughout the ship, state-of-the-art technological upgrades were installed, enhancing guests’ connectivity and access to entertainment and news on demand.

“The enhancements made on Crystal Symphony provide guests with more choices and flexibility than ever before, whether it’s the ability to dine at their leisure, stay connected to family and friends on shore, or enjoy a variety of new entertainment options onboard,” says Crystal’s president and CEO, Tom Wolber.

“While we continue to innovate at the forefront of the industry, our focus will always be on the consistent quality and personal attention to detail and service that makes Crystal Cruises the world’s most awarded luxury cruise line.”

New Penthouses and Penthouse Suites

Crystal Symphony now features more spacious, butler-serviced Penthouses and Penthouse Suites, with the newly added Seabreeze Penthouse with Verandah (12 new suites) and Seabreeze Penthouse Suite with Verandah (28 new suites), both occupying Deck 9.

Penthouse accommodations offer guests enhanced all-inclusive Crystal amenities, including butler service and in-room speciality dining. Penthouse guests now receive unlimited complimentary dining at the onboard specialty restaurants.

The conversion of staterooms into the new penthouse accommodations effectively reduces the ship’s guest capacity to 848, while the number of crew on board remains the same.

New Open Dining Concept and Restaurants

A brand new Open Seating concept allows guests to dine at their leisure, affording more choices and flexibility for evening dining and entertainment.

Waterside has emerged in place of the former Crystal Dining Room, reflecting the stylish décor and sophisticated ambiance found in the restaurants of the same name aboard Crystal River Cruises.

Moving into the former Lido Café space are Marketplace by day and Churrascaria by night. Both venues feature an open kitchen concept with dishes made to order.

Newly adjacent to the existing Trident Grill on the Lido Deck is Silk Kitchen & Bar, offering full service dinner of modern Chinese-inspired fare with family-style dinner plates ideal for sharing, and self-service options for breakfast and lunch.

Silk Road and The Sushi Bar, the specialty dining venues by famed Master Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, has been rebranded as Umi Uma & Sushi Bar. The authentic venue serves the inspired cuisine of Nobu, prepared by his personally trained chefs, and remains the only Nobu restaurants at sea.

High-Tech Enhancements

All guests now enjoy unlimited complimentary Wi-Fi throughout any Crystal voyage aboard all Crystal vessels. Crystal’s investment in technological amenities for guests includes hardware and software enhancements to enable expanded Internet connectivity and doubled satellite speed.

Crystal Symphony Starlight Club
The mid-ship Starlite Club boasts a fresh design

In all rooms throughout the ship – in each stateroom and in all public areas – high-definition, interactive flat-panel TVs enable guests to conveniently access onboard programmes, view the Crystal Spa & Salon menu, the Connoisseur Wine Selection and dining menus.

Reimagined Public Spaces and Entertainment

Several favourite shipboard spaces also enjoy reimagined designs. The mid-ship Starlite Club, a hub for evening dancing and cocktails, has been refitted, boasting a fresh design to complement its vast sea views and brand new technological capabilities.

Crystal will continue its investment into its award-winning ocean ships with the equally extensive redesign for Crystal Serenity, set for autumn 2018.

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Posted on 5th November 2017 at 12:49 pm in Cruise News | Cruise Ships | Cruise Lines | Crystal Cruises |

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