Maintenance, cleaning, mechanical updates and environmental upgrades will also be implemented throughout the ship’s interior and exterior spaces during the two-week drydock at Navantia Shipyard in Cádiz.
Come November, Crystal will have spent $52m on Crystal Serenity’s makeover in the past two years and almost $120m on the fleet in recent years.
‘Our redesigns aren’t merely new fabrics and soft goods. It is indeed extreme when you take out pools, tear down walls and completely re-invent spaces to create new chic, contemporary and exceptionally welcoming and comfortable public areas and accommodations,’ said Crystal president Gregg Michel.
London’s Adfecto design firm was inspired by Santa Barbara’s casual yet cultured ‘American Riviera’ vibe for the transformation of the ship’s Lido Deck. Natural stones, wrought iron and an array of blues set the resort-like tone for the space’s major reconfiguration that will remove its indoor pool and Tastes kitchen, move the ice cream bar to the Trident Grill, and add more sofa seating, an open kitchen and a cocktail bar.
In addition, four ‘living walls’ and more greenery surrounding the Trident lounge area are intended to bring the outdoors in.
As with Crystal Symphony, Crystal Serenity’s Lido café will be redesigned with modern food islands replacing long buffet counters, more tables for two and a fresh baked goods kitchen.
A new, cherry wood dance floor will also be installed in the Palm Court, the ship’s largest gathering place for drinks and dancing.
Toronto’s II BY IV, the firm that won major design awards for its previous remodel of Crystal Serenity’s staterooms, is redefining the four top suites—the Crystal Penthouses—with clean lines, classic simplicity and refined elegance in a dramatic ultra-contemporary remodel.
Interiors of the butler-serviced, 1,345 square-feet residences will be gutted and spaces completely reconfigured. The dining area will move closer to the floor-to-ceiling windows and the private outdoor deck, while the former dining room will now hold a den/library/media room with a queen-sized sleeper sofa and closet. With a new shower added to the guest powder room, the space can function as a second bedroom, suitable for families and couples traveling together.
The Penthouse also has a spacious living room and butler’s pantry with private entrance. The master bedroom will be made over with luxurious bedding, curtains, two entrances and a new seating area. The master bath will feature marble, mosaics, a walk-in glass shower and two waterproof Aquavision televisions, one embedded in the mirror and one by the large window-side Jacuzzi tub.
Plus, the each Penthouse will feature three flat-screen TV’s, including a 3-D TV, plus a surround sound audio system, iPod docking stations and increased wall outlets.
With more than 700 jobs scheduled to be completed during the 13 days, the 500-plus contractor crew and several hundred Crystal crew will also be working around the clock to deep clean the ship, repaint exteriors, refurbish the ‘port pod,’ add energy-saving LED lighting in public areas and crew offices, and more.
Crystal Serenity’s first voyage after the docking will be a 12-day Nov. 27 Lisbon-Barcelona cruise through the Canary Islands, followed by a trans-Atlantic crossing to the Americas, a Christmas/New Year’s voyage in the Caribbean and the annual world cruise, an 89-day adventure from Los Angeles to London, starting Jan. 18.