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Beautiful.

Crystal Symphony spent several weeks weeks in New York recently, fresh from a $25+ million makeover. I had the opportunity to tour her and there is no better word to describe her. She is simply beautiful.

Updates have taken place on the 922 passenger, 51,000 ton vessel in her penthouses, pool areas, Prego (the Italian Restaurant), and the Lido Café. There have been some “behind the scenes” improvements as well.

The Penthouse Deck has been completely redone. Wonderful new carpeting has been installed in the corridors, a soft brown with an arboreal motif along the edge. The two 982 square feet Crystal Penthouses have been stripped and re-imagined as elegant residential apartments. The living room and bedroom have been enlarged, both bathrooms have been redone in marble, and the master bath features a Philippe Starck whirlpool tub with 90 degree ocean views. A large veranda, dining room and exquisite fabrics add to the overall effect.
The Penthouses and Penthouse Suites, 61 in total, each with butler service, have also been transformed. Custom cabinets with stone counter tops, flat screen televisions, new end tables with stone tops and crystal reading lamps, upgraded bathrooms in clean white and neutral tones, and beautiful fabrics all add to a sophisticated and pleasing interior. The color scheme is sand and taupe, with accents in either citrus or blue. I found the blue tones to be particularly attractive.

Prego, Crystal Symphony’s Italian restaurant, has been turned into a gem of a dining room. It’s low light, deep chocolate colored wall fabrics, splashes of rich red, and intimate size all result in a space which Crystal characterizes as “moody and dramatic”. I think it’s simply sexy.

Upstairs, the Lido Café now demonstrates what a shipboard buffet restaurant should be. Starting with its dramatic wall treatment at the entrance and progressing through its newly designed food and drink stations, well thought-out traffic flow, and expansive glass for wonderful natural light, the room is another winner.
The pool areas have also undergone a transformation. The area around the Seahorse Pool has been re-configured to offer conversational areas as well as sunbathing options. The seating has been upgraded to thick plush cushions in antique white and taupe accented with yellow and tropical fruit colors. Even more significant, the Neptune Pool has been removed and replaced with teak decking which now accommodates alfresco dining and lounge areas.

After the tour, we met in the Palm Court for a lovely cocktail party hosted by Crystal Cruises’ President, Gregg Michel. It was a fitting end to a most enjoyable visit. The party demonstrated to an audience that needed no convincing or reminding, that Crystal’s staff is among the finest to be found – at sea or on land.

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Thank you for your kind words. I do appreciate them.

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