Crystal Plans Major Symphony Refurbishment

March 12, 2004
Crystal Cruises says it will spend some $12 million to upgrade and refurbish Crystal Symphony, an effort it calls the "most extensive interior dry-dock to date." The project will begin when the ship's 21-day dry-dock starts April 12; the work will be done at the Lisnave shipyard, in Lisbon.

Among the improvements? Crystal Symphony's spa will receive a complete overhaul -- with a Feng Shui theme -- and expanded facilities, such as the addition of two more treatment rooms, a private canopied sundeck, and a new state-of-the-art shower and steam area.

The Fitness Center will be redesigned within its existing confines to carve out a separate room for yoga, Pilates, aerobics and personal training.

Computer University@Sea will also get the expansion treatment, with space nearly doubling that of the existing facility. That means there will be separate areas for email and web surfing -- and the classroom. And it also means that, to make the extra space, the Library will be moved to a new facility -- in the atrium.

Other refurbishments include complete redecoration of Penthouse and Penthouse suite category cabins -- look for new soft goods (window treatments, carpeting and such) along with the addition of Yamaha CD players and televisions with DVD. Regular old cabins will also get a sprucing up -- as well as the new CD and TV/DVD setups (and the library’s collection of VHS tapes will be replaced with DVDs).

Following dry-dock, Crystal Symphony will set off for her European series of summer sailings, which include the Mediterranean, the Baltic, North Cape and British Isles.