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Crystal Serenity in line for a major redesign at Blohm+Voss

Crystal Serenity in line for a major redesign at Blohm+Voss
Crystal Cruises said it will spend more than $25m to keep the 2003-built Crystal Serenity ‘on the cutting edge of luxury style’ with a two-week drydock in May.

More than 400 expert technicians flown in from around the world to Hamburg’s Blohm+Voss are scheduled for the massive redesign of the ship’s 531 deluxe staterooms, penthouses and penthouses suites, the retail centers, pool deck and other projects.

The work is set for May 8-22.

In the past two years, Crystal has invested well over $50m in its ships, according to president Gregg Michel.

Interior designer Keith Rushbrook, principal at the Toronto-based II BY IV Design Associates, summarized the Crystal Serenity vision as ‘modern classical elegance. We wanted Fifth Avenue, crème de la crème New York-inspired living and retail spaces that people love and look forward to spending time in.’

All the deluxe outside staterooms, penthouses and penthouse suites will sport new, floor-to-ceiling tufted headboards, bedside cabinets, wallpaper, sofas, curtains, pillows and custom carpets in contemporary lines and classic stone, silk, velvet, leather and linen textures. New modern lighting features and electronic ‘do not disturb’ and doorbell systems are planned, too.

The shops will receive a similar, sophisticated metamorphosis, Crystal said. The Facets fine jewelry store will mirror a jewelry box, with mother-of-pearl feature wall, beveled chrome vitrines and new, private sales area. The Apropos boutique will become three shops in one, with a flagship Christian Dior cosmetic/skincare area showcased amid Zebrano wood and herringbone rosewood, black-plum-magenta carpeting and tufted leather seating.

Inspired by Crystal Symphony’s recent transformation, the Seahorse Pool teak deck will be refashioned with circular pod beds, plush sofa groups and lounge chairs in lime green, azure and mango.

The corridors throughout the ship will gain new, custom carpeting, artwork and mood lighting. New lighting will also be installed in the Crystal Dining Room, as will new furniture on all stateroom verandahs.

Following the dry dock, Crystal Serenity will embark on a series of Baltic, North Cape and British Isles cruises before heading to the Mediterranean for late summer and fall cruises.

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