Crystal Symphony

Crystal Symphony current position

Crystal Symphony current location is at North West Atlantic Ocean (coordinates 25.95332 N / -79.31238 W) cruising at speed of 11 kn (20 kph/ 13 mph) en route to GREAT EXUMA. The AIS position was reported 1 hour ago.

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Current itinerary of Crystal Symphony

Crystal Symphony current cruise is 7 days, one-way from New York to Nassau. Prices start from USD 1449 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 26 Nov, 2021 and ends on 03 Dec, 2021.

Date / TimePort
26 Nov 18:00    Departing from New York, Cape Liberty Bayonne NJ-NYC hotels
29 Nov 07:00 - 19:00    San Salvador Island Bahamas, Cockburn Town
30 Nov 07:00 - 19:00    Exuma Islands, Bahamas, George Town
01 Dec 17:30 - 02 Dec 17:30    Bimini Islands, Resorts World Bimini Bahamas, Bailey Town
03 Dec 10:00    Arriving in Nassau, Bahamas, New Providence Island hotels

Specifications of Crystal Symphony

Year built1995  /  Age: 26
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderKvaerner Masa-Yards (Helsinki, STX Finland)
ClassHarmony
Building costUSD 250 million
Owner(GHK) Genting Hong Kong Ltd
OperatorCrystal Cruises Inc (USA)
Speed21 kn / 39 kph / 24 mph
Length (LOA)238 m / 781 ft
Beam (width)30 m / 98 ft
Gross Tonnage51044 gt
Passengers904 - 1040
Crew530
Passengers-to-space ratio49
Decks12
Cabins477
Decks with cabins5
Last Refurbishment2020
Christened byAngela Lansbury
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Crystal Symphony Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2021 Nov 26 7 days, one-way from New York to Nassau New York $1449
2021 Dec 04 7 days, one-way from Miami to San Juan Miami $1449
2021 Dec 11 7 days, one-way from San Juan to Miami San Juan $1999
2021 Dec 18 11 days, round-trip Connoisseurs Caribbean Holiday - Miami Roundtrip Miami $2499
2021 Dec 29 10 days, round-trip Tropical New Years Celebration - Miami Roundtrip Miami $2499
2022 Jan 08 7 days, one-way from Miami to San Juan Miami $2299
2022 Jan 08 14 days, round-trip Grand Journey Lesser Antilles Virgin Isles - Miami Roundtrip Miami $4512
2022 Jan 08 21 days, round-trip Grand Journey Lesser Antilles, Virgin Isles Bahamas - Miami Roundtrip Miami $10402
2022 Jan 15 7 days, one-way from San Juan to Miami San Juan $2449
2022 Jan 15 21 days, round-trip Grand Journey Caribbean Bahamian Wanderlust - San Juan Roundtrip San Juan $10544
2022 Jan 15 14 days, one-way from San Juan to Miami San Juan $7029
2022 Jan 22 7 days, round-trip Blissful Bahamian Luxury - Miami Roundtrip Miami $2449
2022 Jan 22 14 days, one-way from Miami to San Juan Miami $7029
2022 Jan 22 21 days, round-trip Grand Journey Bahamian Out Islands The Caribbean - Miami Roundtrip Miami $10544
2022 Jan 29 14 days, round-trip Grand Journey Lesser Antilles Virgin Isles - Miami Roundtrip Miami $4654
2022 Jan 29 7 days, one-way from Miami to San Juan Miami $2449
2022 Jan 29 21 days, round-trip Grand Journey Lesser Antilles, Virgin Isles Bahamas - Miami Roundtrip Miami $10544
2022 Feb 05 7 days, one-way from San Juan to Miami San Juan $2449
2022 Feb 05 14 days, one-way from San Juan to Miami San Juan $7029
2022 Feb 05 21 days, round-trip Grand Journey Caribbean Bahamian Wanderlust - San Juan Roundtrip San Juan $10544
2022 Feb 12 7 days, round-trip Blissful Bahamian Luxury - Miami Roundtrip Miami $2449
2022 Feb 12 14 days, one-way from Miami to San Juan Miami $7029
2022 Feb 12 21 days, round-trip Grand Journey Lesser Antilles, Virgin Isles Bahamas - Miami Roundtrip Miami $10544
2022 Feb 19 14 days, round-trip Grand Journey Lesser Antilles Virgin Isles - Miami Roundtrip Miami $7029
2022 Feb 19 7 days, one-way from Miami to San Juan Miami $2449
2022 Feb 19 21 days, round-trip Grand Journey Bahamian Out Islands The Caribbean - Miami Roundtrip Miami $10544
2022 Feb 26 21 days, round-trip Grand Journey Caribbean Bahamian Wanderlust - San Juan Roundtrip San Juan $10544
2022 Feb 26 14 days, one-way from San Juan to Miami San Juan $7029
2022 Feb 26 7 days, one-way from San Juan to Miami San Juan $2449
2022 Mar 05 7 days, round-trip Blissful Bahamian Luxury - Miami Roundtrip Miami $2449
2022 Mar 05 14 days, one-way from Miami to San Juan Miami $3609
2022 Mar 05 21 days, round-trip Grand Journey Bahamian Out Islands The Caribbean - Miami Roundtrip Miami $4132
2022 Mar 12 7 days, one-way from Miami to San Juan Miami $3699
2022 Mar 12 14 days, round-trip Grand Journey Lesser Antilles Virgin Isles - Miami Roundtrip Miami $4654
2022 Mar 19 7 days, one-way from San Juan to Miami San Juan $1899
2022 Mar 26 11 days, one-way from Miami to Lisbon Miami $2599
2022 Apr 06 10 days, one-way from Lisbon to Piraeus Lisbon $2899
2022 Apr 16 12 days, round-trip Holy Land Greek Isles - Athens Roundtrip Piraeus $3799
2022 Apr 16 47 days, one-way from Piraeus to Civitavecchia Piraeus
2022 Apr 28 12 days, one-way from Piraeus to Venice Piraeus $4599
2022 Apr 28 19 days, one-way from Piraeus to Civitavecchia Piraeus
2022 May 10 7 days, one-way from Venice to Civitavecchia Venice $2449
2022 May 17 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Barcelona Civitavecchia $2449
2022 May 24 9 days, one-way from Barcelona to Civitavecchia Barcelona $3349
2022 Jun 02 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Venice Civitavecchia $2849
2022 Jun 09 7 days, one-way from Venice to Monte Carlo Venice $2749
2022 Jun 16 7 days, round-trip Royal Riviera - Monte Carlo Roundtrip Monte Carlo $3049
2022 Jun 16 45 days, one-way from Monte Carlo to Stockholm Monte Carlo
2022 Jun 23 7 days, one-way from Monte Carlo to Barcelona Monte Carlo $3949
2022 Jun 30 7 days, one-way from Barcelona to Lisbon Barcelona
2022 Jul 07 12 days, one-way from Lisbon to Dover Lisbon $4499
2022 Jul 19 12 days, one-way from Dover to Stockholm Dover $4999
2022 Jul 31 71 days, one-way from Stockholm to Venice Stockholm $24937
2022 Jul 31 10 days, one-way from Stockholm to Copenhagen Stockholm $4499
2022 Aug 10 11 days, one-way from Copenhagen to Reykjavik Copenhagen $4699
2022 Aug 21 10 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Dover Reykjavik $4299
2022 Aug 31 8 days, round-trip European Gardens Gateways - London Dover Roundtrip Dover $3249
2022 Sep 08 11 days, one-way from Dover to Lisbon Dover $3399
2022 Sep 19 7 days, one-way from Lisbon to Barcelona Lisbon $2949
2022 Sep 26 7 days, one-way from Barcelona to Civitavecchia Barcelona $2449
2022 Oct 03 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Venice Civitavecchia $2249
2022 Oct 10 7 days, round-trip Venetian Vistas - Venice Roundtrip Venice $1999
2022 Oct 17 11 days, one-way from Venice to Barcelona Venice $3249
2022 Oct 28 11 days, one-way from Barcelona to Lisbon Barcelona $3249
2022 Nov 08 8 days, one-way from Lisbon to Civitavecchia Lisbon $2199
2022 Nov 08 21 days, one-way from Lisbon to Piraeus Lisbon $5129
2022 Nov 16 13 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Piraeus Civitavecchia $3499
2022 Nov 29 17 days, one-way from Piraeus to Abu Dhabi Piraeus $4399
2022 Dec 16 7 days, round-trip Pearls Of Arabia - Abu Dhabi Roundtrip Abu Dhabi $1999
2022 Dec 23 15 days, one-way from Abu Dhabi to Mumbai Abu Dhabi $5999
2023 Jan 07 9 days, one-way from Mumbai to Yangon Mumbai $2999
2023 Jan 07 15 days, one-way from Mumbai to Singapore Mumbai $5319
2023 Jan 16 6 days, one-way from Yangon to Singapore Yangon $2599
2023 Jan 22 8 days, one-way from Singapore to Saigon Singapore $3299
2023 Jan 22 16 days, round-trip Grand Journey Vietnam Thailand Discovery - Singapore Roundtrip Singapore $6269
2023 Jan 30 8 days, one-way from Saigon to Singapore Saigon $3299
2023 Feb 07 15 days, round-trip Spotlight On Vietnam - Singapore Roundtrip Singapore $5999
2023 Feb 22 7 days, one-way from Singapore to Colombo Singapore $2749
2023 Feb 22 16 days, one-way from Singapore to Dubai Singapore $4939
2023 Mar 01 9 days, one-way from Colombo to Dubai Colombo $3149
2023 Mar 10 6 days, one-way from Dubai to Mina Salman Dubai $2199
2023 Mar 10 14 days, round-trip Grand Journey Arabian Peninsula Adventure - Dubai Roundtrip Dubai $4274
2023 Mar 16 8 days, one-way from Mina Salman to Dubai Mina Salman $2649
2023 Mar 24 9 days, one-way from Dubai to Eilat Dubai $3649
2023 Mar 24 18 days, one-way from Dubai to Piraeus Dubai $6649
2023 Apr 02 9 days, one-way from Eilat to Piraeus Eilat $3649
2023 Apr 11 11 days, round-trip Holy Land Sojourn - Athens Roundtrip Piraeus $4299
2023 Apr 22 12 days, one-way from Piraeus to Venice Piraeus $4799
2023 May 04 7 days, round-trip Realms Of The Doge - Venice Roundtrip Venice $2999
2023 May 11 9 days, one-way from Venice to Civitavecchia Venice $3649
2023 May 20 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Barcelona Civitavecchia $2849
2023 May 27 7 days, one-way from Barcelona to Lisbon Barcelona $2849
2023 Jun 03 11 days, one-way from Lisbon to Rouen Lisbon $4299
2023 Jun 14 12 days, one-way from Rouen to Leith-Edinburgh Rouen $5899
2023 Jun 26 10 days, one-way from Leith-Edinburgh to Stockholm Leith-Edinburgh $5299
2023 Jul 06 12 days, one-way from Stockholm to Copenhagen Stockholm $6299
2023 Jul 18 10 days, one-way from Copenhagen to Le Havre Copenhagen $4799
2023 Jul 28 11 days, one-way from Le Havre to Reykjavik Le Havre $5799
2023 Aug 08 11 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Copenhagen Reykjavik $5799
2023 Aug 19 12 days, one-way from Copenhagen to Dover Copenhagen $6299
2023 Aug 31 9 days, one-way from Dover to Bordeaux Dover $3449
2023 Sep 09 10 days, one-way from Bordeaux to Barcelona Bordeaux $4099
2023 Sep 19 7 days, one-way from Barcelona to Civitavecchia Barcelona $2749
2023 Sep 26 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Venice Civitavecchia $2749
2023 Oct 03 7 days, one-way from Venice to Piraeus Venice $2749
2023 Oct 10 7 days, one-way from Piraeus to Eilat Piraeus $2549
2023 Oct 10 17 days, one-way from Piraeus to Dubai Piraeus $5414
2023 Oct 17 10 days, one-way from Eilat to Dubai Eilat $3299
2023 Oct 27 13 days, one-way from Dubai to Mumbai Dubai $3799
2023 Nov 09 13 days, one-way from Mumbai to Singapore Mumbai $3599
2023 Nov 22 15 days, one-way from Singapore to Fremantle Singapore $3999
2023 Dec 07 14 days, one-way from Fremantle to Auckland Fremantle $4499
2023 Dec 21 15 days, one-way from Auckland to Melbourne Auckland $6999

Crystal Symphony Review

Review of Crystal Symphony

The 1995-built Crystal Symphony cruise ship is the company's first and the smaller of the two (for now) Crystal Ocean Cruises ships - with fleetmate Crystal Serenity (2003).

The vessel (IMO number 9066667) is currently Bahamas-flagged (MMSI 309168000) and registered in Nassau.

History - construction and ownership

One of the top-luxury passenger shipping companies, Crystal Cruises operates both ocean and river cruises on premium liners and newbuild riverboats with all-inclusive travel package deals. Company's ships are top-ranked in numerous categories, offer an intimate cruising experience, 5-star hotel amenities, superior service. The company was founded in 1988 as a subsidiary of the Japanese NYK Line (Nippon Yusen Kaisha) - one of the world's largest container shipping companies. In 2015, NYK Line sold Crystal Cruises to Genting Hong Kong (GHK). Following the acquisition, the company was renamed to Crystal Ltd. It currently includes the brands Crystal Cruises (ocean-going ships), Crystal River Cruises (European riverboats), Crystal Yacht Cruises (mega-yachts), Crystal Luxury Air (aircraft) and Crystal AirCruises (fly-cruise deals).

Crystal Symphony cruise ship

The 1000-passenger ship Crystal Symphony underwent three major drydock refurbishments - in 2006, 2009 and 2012, as part of a 5-year vessel renovation plan to redesign all passenger staterooms and add new venues and amenities. The 5-year project cost the company USD 65 million.

The ship's interior spaces were designed by the companies Tillberg (Sweden), II By IV Canada), KNA (USA) and the UK designer firms SMC, Clixby, The Syntax Group, Adfecto, DPA Lighting.

Crystal Symphony cruise ship

Decks and Cabins

Most Crystal Symphony staterooms (59%) are 245-ft2 sized Balcony cabins. There are a total of 477 staterooms (65 Suites, 215 Balconies, no Inside cabins) in 13 categories, including 10 wheelchair-accessible. The largest are the two Crystal Penthouses (category CP), sizes 982 ft2 / 91 m2 (balcony included), both featuring boutique-hotel-like decors.

The boat has 12 decks, of which 8 are passenger-accessible and 5 with cabins.

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

The formal restaurant on Crystal Symphony serves open-seating breakfast and lunch. Dinner is in two assigned seatings, or open seating. Although there is no additional charge for the Italian and Asian specialty restaurants, reservations are required. On select days, theme luncheons and dinners are offered poolside and special wine dinners are held in the Vintage Room. Other choices include the casual Lido buffet for breakfast and lunch; poolside grill for snacks and casual lunch; The Bistro specialty coffee & wine bar for snacks all day and evening. Afternoon tea is served in Symphony's Palm Court. Room service is available 24 hours, with an extensive menu. Selections can be delivered during dinner hours from the menu of the formal restaurant. Suite passengers can order from specialty restaurants.

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Follows the complete list of Crystal Symphony restaurants and food bars.

  • "Crystal" (aft Dining Room, features a gourmet menu with regionally inspired and traditional dishes; offers "Dining by Reservation" option - guests can reserve each night at different times by contacting the Maitre D)
  • "The Vintage Room" (10-seat fine dining venue with sommelier service, at surcharge US$200 plus, depending on the wine selection; on special sailings, it operates as "Ultimate Vintage Dining Room" and some of the rarest wines in the world are served - the cover charge sores up to US$1,000 and more)
  • "Silk Road" (Asian dinner-only specialty restaurant; reservations are recommended)
  • "The Sushi Bar" (Japanese specialty dinner restaurant; reservations-only)
  • "Prego" (Italian specialty dinner only, reservations-only restaurant)
  • "Trident Bar & Grill" (fast-food venue; features lush greenery with live olive trees)
  • "Lido Cafe" (self-service buffet restaurant; serves the pool deck area).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

Тhe "upgrades" of Crystal Symphony added in 2004 the Feng-Shui spa complex (8 spa rooms), a new teak deck, upgraded saunas, separate areas for Yoga and Pilates training classes, The Vintage Room (winery), the "Computer University@sea" area (capacity 25 guests), renovation of the Crystal Dining Room, new decors to all accommodations, and new Photo Gallery (deck 6).

The refit in Norfolk, Virginia, in 2006 featured the "Starlite Club", the Crystal Casino, new Bistro Cafe and boutiques, a new disco-club, redesigning of the staterooms, reconstruction of the Tiffany deck, new equipment.

In 2009, up-to-date equipment was installed in The Hollywood Theater (audio-visual systems), renovations of the penthouses, bathrooms, of the Main Dining room, of the Lido Cafe and the "Prego" restaurant, new furniture and Jacuzzis on the pool deck.

During the 2012 refurbishment of Crystal Symphony, there was a redesign of some public spaces, which included the Avenue Saloon, that relocated the piano to make more room for brass-tack couches, embossed-leaf barstools, and tufted booths. Seating was also changed in the panoramic-view Palm Court, and the dancing was enlarged. The vessel's two theaters also underwent considerable updates. In addition to new furniture and decor, new stage extension expanded the performance space in the Galaxy Lounge by 30 %. And both the Galaxy Lounge and Hollywood Theatre obtained technological upgrades of lighting, sound, and projectors.

Crystal Symphony amenities include 24-Hour Room-Service, Internet/WiFi Access, Laundry & Self-Serve Laundromats, Babysitting.

Crystal Symphony cruise ship

Follows the complete list of Crystal Symphony lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens, and adults.

  • "Crystal Cove" (66-seat piano bar)
  • "Galaxy Lounge" (463-seat main show lounge for grand show productions; with a large hydraulic stage and a full orchestra)
  • The "Crystal Casino" (410 m2, with 86 slots and poker machines, gambling tables)
  • "Hollywood Theatre" (143-seat cinema; has a stage for live performances; also hosts conferences, lectures, presentations, Broadway-style show productions, comedy shows)
  • "Luxe" disco & nightclub (hosts DJ program nightly, karaoke and trivia shows)
  • "Avenue of the Stars" (280 m2 shopping area; has three duty-free boutique shops - Crystal Collection, Apropos, Facets)
  • "The Bistro" (70-seat Paris-inspired specialty coffee bar, all-complimentary)
  • Atrium (2-deck high midship area with a waterfall)
  • The Symphony’s "Library" (2000+ books in different languages, movies, and videos, board games)
  • "Starlite Club" (350-seat lounge with circular bar; hosts daily trivia quizzes, presentations, bingo games, music performances in the evening)
  • "PhotoShop" (photo and video services, accessories, equipment)
  • "Connoisseur Club" (fine cognac and cigar club/smoking lounge)
  • "Avenue Saloon" (58-seat piano bar)
  • "Computer University @ Sea" (24-hour 25-seat capacity Internet computers room; hosts computer and Internet classes)
  • "The Studio" (serves the "Creative Learning" enrichment program: language lessons, digital film making, Yamaha keyboard and piano lessons, all complimentary)
  • "Bridge Lounge" (22-tables cards playing room)
  • "Palm Court" (250-seat observation lounge & bar; serves Afternoon Tea, hosts art auctions, themed parties, classic concerts)
  • "Waves" (teen club lounge)
  • "Fantasia" (kids club lounge area with two playrooms for children 3-7yo and 8-12yo; babysitting is available for toddlers 1+ yo)
  • Seahorse Pool area (with a lap pool flanked by a large 20-person capacity Whirlpool)
  • "Scoops" (outdoor Ice Cream Bar)
  • "Fitness Center" (with panoramic floor-ceiling windows; has a separate room for complimentary classes (yoga, pilates, aerobics)
  • "Crystal Spa" (540 m2 Feng Shui-inspired Wellness Center; includes the Gym, relaxation area, treatment rooms, 2 saunas/steam rooms and the "Crystal Salon")
  • Promenade deck (walking/jogging track; hosts the "Walk On Water" daily walking program)
  • Deck Games (Shuffleboard, Quoits); Tennis Tables; "Wimbledon Court" (tennis court); Golf Putting Green.

Itineraries

Crystal Symphony itinerary program is based on cruises to Europe (UK, Baltic, Mediterranean), Southeast Asia (with departures from Singapore, China, Vietnam), Australia New Zealand, Caribbean (out of Miami FL), Canada-New England (from NYC New York).

Following the Coronavirus crisis, in mid-April 2021, Crystal Cruises announced that Symphony ship's entire 2021 program in Europe-Mediterranean (June 6 through December 21) is canceled and replaced with 10-night "Luxury Caribbean Escapes" (roundtrip itineraries from homeports St Johns Antigua and Philipsburg St Maarten).

  • The new Antigua homeporting program (first-time for Crystal Cruises) was scheduled for the period August 5 through December 23, 2021 (a total of 15 departures). The "Luxury Caribbean Escapes" itinerary included as destinations Barbados (Bridgetown), St Lucia (Castries), Trinidad (Port-of-Spain), St Maarten (Philipsburg), BVI Tortola (Road Town).
  • Bookings opened on April 20, 2021. However, on July 1, Crystal Symphony's homeporting in St Maarten and Antigua was canceled “due to ongoing uncertainty regarding ports of call and availability of adequate airlift”.
  • In mid-July was announced that Symphony will be homeported in Boston MA (Sunday departures from Flynn Cruiseport, August 22 through September 12, 2021) and in NYC (Friday departures from Manhattan Cruise Terminal, starting September 24, 2021). From Boston and New York City, the ship had scheduled 7-night "Luxury Bermuda Escapes". The 7-night roundtrip itineraries included two days and two nights in Kings Wharf (Royal Naval Dockyard) Bermuda.

Crystal Symphony's Caribbean deployment was soon extended (November 2021 thru March 2022) with 14x total 7-night itineraries (including 2x holiday voyages / 10-night "Connoisseur’s Caribbean Holiday", 11-night "Tropical New Year’s Celebration") visiting ports in The Netherlands' Lesser Antilles, Virgin Islands, The Bahamas Out Islands (aka Family Islands).

  • The new program started with the 7-night NYC to Nassau repositioning cruises (Nov 26, 2021).
  • 7-night itineraries included 5x "Luxury Antilles Interlude" (Miami to San Juan Puerto Rico), 5x "Luxury Caribbean Kaleidoscope" (San Juan to Miami), 3x "Blissful Bahamian Luxury" (Miami roundtrips). 14-day B2Bs (back-to-back cruises) were also offered at 5% discount.
  • Both holiday 2021 voyages were 7-night Miami roundtrips, departing December 18 (10-night) and Dec 29 (11-night).
  • Promo pricing started from USD 2000 pp with double occupancy.

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Crystal Symphony is the older ship of the company's two ocean vessels. Its sisterships are the fleet mate Crystal Serenity and NYK Line's Asuka 2 (former Crystal Harmony).

The top-luxury cruise liner entered service on May 3, 1995. It was majorly drydock refurbished three times as part of a 5-year plan (2006, 2009, 2012) at a total cost USD 65 million. This project was Crystal Cruises most extensive upgrade ever. All staterooms and public areas were renovated in 2006. During 2006 drydock was also added Luxe nightclub. Lido Deck was changed in 2009 - upgraded with Jacuzzi (for 20 people) which replaced the swimming pool. In 2009 was also changed the Italian restaurant "Prego". During drydock 2012, ship's public spaces and two theatres were updated – the seating was changed, and some trendy technologies were implemented (projectors, lighting, surround sound).

Crystal Symphony refurbishment 2020 review

The vessel's drydock 2020 (April 13-23, in Singapore) was a USD 10 million project planned mainly for regular technical and general maintenance works. Minor upgrades received some public areas and passenger staterooms, among which new carpets and furniture.

Crystal Symphony refurbishment 2017 review

The ship's 2017 drydock refurbishment (September 23 - October 16, done by Lloyd Werft in Bremerhaven Germany) reduced its passenger capacity in order to enable single-seating dining. Following the dry-dock, Crystal Symphony offers to all passengers free Wi-Fi (regardless of cabin category).

  • On deck 9, two new balcony cabin categories were introduced - Seabreeze Penthouse Suite (12 new suites) and Seabreeze Penthouse (28 new suites). The new staterooms have the same size as the existing Penthouse (365 ft2 / 34 m2) and Penthouse Suite (490 ft2 / 46 m2). Seabreeze Penthouses are connecting cabins (sharing an entryway).
  • All Penthouses offer enhanced all-inclusive amenities, including butler service, in-cabin dining, complimentary specialty restaurant dining).
  • Cabin conversions reduced ship's capacity from 1095 to 848, thus increasing its guest-to-space ratio to 60,2.
  • Crystal Dining Room was renamed to "Waterside" and upgraded with additional 2- and 4-seat tables. New open-seating dining (between 6-9:30 pm) replaced the old assigned seating and the required dinner reservations. Breakfasts and lunches are served as usual.
  • Lido Cafe is operated as Marketplace (during the day) and as Churrascaria (steakhouse, by night). The restaurant features an open kitchen and made-to-order dishes. Marketplace serves buffet breakfast and lunch, while Churrascaria serves casual dinner (between 6-9 pm). The Brazilian-themed Churrascaria restaurant features Caipirinha (welcome cocktail event) and selection of Brazilian dishes (grilled seafood and meats, tapas, ceviche, salads). Meats are served by “gauchos” (dedicated staff) on traditional meat skewers.
  • Silk restaurant's menu was upgraded with modern Chinese fare (family-size dinner plates). Self-service is now available at breakfast and lunch, and also includes traditional Chinese food (dumplings, Chinois salad, soup, noodle bar). Dinners at Silk are open-seating (reservations-recommended) and between 6-9 pm.
  • Trident Bar and Grill serves casual grilled food (including fast food - burgers, sandwiches).
  • Silk Road and The Sushi Bar (both specialty restaurants by celebrity-chef Nobu Matsuhisa) were combined and renamed to "Umi Uma". Umi Uma offers Nobu-inspired dishes prepared by Nobu-trained chefs.
  • Dining reservations for Umi Uma and Prego restaurants are now complimentary for Penthouse passengers. To all other cabin categories, 1 complimentary specialty dining is offered (additional reservations are available at a surcharge).
  • The new free of charge shipwide Wi-Fi is the result of the company's investment in new hardware and software for expanded onboard connectivity and faster (doubled) satellite Internet speed.
  • Crystal Connect is ship's new onboard portal for Internet connections and various shipboard info (menus, news, scheduled activities, shore excursions, itinerary ports, international digital news media, movies library, lectures, etc). Crystal Connect (mobile app) is available for personal devices.
  • Computer University at Sea (enrichment workshops venue) was updated and redesigned.
  • Among the redesigned public spaces is the midship located Starlite Club (panoramic floor-ceiling windows).

All passenger cabins were upgraded with new 42-inch smart HDTVs with interactive panels (infotainment system).

Along with all Lloyd Werft workers, the refurbishment project also involved several hundred crew and sub-contractors. Almaco Group (1998-founded company) was the project's supervisor.

Crystal Symphony refurbishment 2016 review

The list of deck plan changes after the ship's 2016 drydock refurbishment (done by Blohm+Voss in Hamburg Germany, project cost USD 15 million) included:

  • general maintenance works, that included propulsion system upgrades (Rolls-Royce Azimuth thrusters were replaced with new ones), new hull coating, air ducts cleaning, reverse osmosis plant inspection.
  • Introduced was the company's new “Deluxe PURE” category of staterooms (hypoallergenic cabins).
  • On deck 12 were redesigned the Tastes buffet restaurant and the Lido area.
  • New energy-saving LED lighting was installed in all public rooms.
  • All Penthouse Suites were overhauled.

The project's total cost was USD 15 million.

Crystal Symphony was extensively refitted in 2006 (in Norfolk VA at the of cost USD 23 million) and in 2009 (in Boston MA, for USD 25 million).

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