Crystal details Symphony’s $25m makeover

Crystal details Symphony’s $25m makeover
Crystal Symphony’s $25m makeover added Swarovski crystal chandeliers, cashmere throws, sunken Philippe Starck Duravit Jacuzzi bathtubs, new pool deck furniture, works by Venetian artists, service islands with new pizza ovens and woks, and dozens more upscale and behind-the-scenes embellishments. The changes were implemented during the 1995-built ship’s October drydock at Atlantic Marine Boston. Crystal Cruises said the vessel now offers completely transformed Crystal Penthouses, Lido Café and pool areas, redesigned Penthouses and Prego Italian restaurant, among numerous other improvements. The 982sq ft Crystal Penthouses were remodeled top to bottom, with expanded living space, new audiovisual systems and floor-to-ceiling dining room windows. Ocean-view bathrooms offer large Philippe Starck bathtubs, glass mosaic tiles and recessed televisions.Penthouses were redesigned in two new color schemes, with new custom cabinetry, plush bedding, flat-screen televisions and lavish bathroom accoutrements.The Lido Café gained a refined motif with abundant natural light and colors and details inspired by the Hampton seashore. New food and drink service islands improve flow.The Seahorse and Neptune Pool Decks now sport white deck furniture with citrus-hued cushions and throw pillows for added al fresco dining and conversational seating. With its retractable roof and new teak decking, the mid-ship Neptune Pool was replaced with additional plush seating and a large Jacuzzi hot tub.Prego, the Italian restaurant showcasing cuisine by Piero Selvaggio, gained chocolate suede walls and red wine-colored upholstery, as well as new lighting.All staterooms were refreshed with leather sofas replacing armchairs.
Posted 09 November 2009

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