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September Makeover Planned for Crystal Symphony

August 3, 2009 By: David Eisen


Even the Symphony sometimes needs a tuneup. This September, Crystal Symphony will undergo a $25 million-plus makeover, which should be completed by October 1. The 922-guest ship will boast redesigned Penthouses (including its the Crystal Penthouses), pool areas, Prego Italian restaurant, Lido Café and guest elevators.

The ship's two 982-square-foot Crystal Penthouses with large verandahs will be stripped and transformed to feel more like luxury residential apartments. Internal space will be extended to enlarge the living spaces and bedroom. The master bathrooms will have sunken Philippe Stark Duravit Jacuzzi bathtubs with 90-degree ocean views, glass mosaics and recessed TVs.

Crystal Symphony's 61 butler-serviced Penthouses and Penthouse Suites will be redone in taupe and sand tones, accented by citrus or icy blue. New custom cabinetry will sport stone countertops and flat-screen TVs. All bathrooms will feature new tile with mosaic accents, glass showers, contemporary hardware and lighting, and a white and neutral-color palette.

The Lido Café will be transformed into an upscale dining spot with a completely new Crystal dining experience. The room will be infused with light through a new glazed indoor/outdoor extension and floor-to-ceiling windows. New food and drink service islands, each with different choices, will also be added.

The ship's pool areas will be redefined with new spaces, water features and furniture providing more indoor and al fresco dining. Limestone tile will offset the azure pool and the new, larger whirlpool. In the retractable roof-covered, mid-ship area of the Lido Deck, the Neptune Pool will be removed and replaced with teak decking and al fresco dining and lounging options around the Trident Bar.

Prego, which is open only for dinner, will have a new design highlighted by moody and dramatic touches.

In addition to changes made in the Penthouses, all Crystal staterooms will receive new sofas to provide more seating and add third berths for families.

The drydock is scheduled for September 17-October 1 in Boston. Visit

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