Crystal Symphony emerges from her most extensive dry dock yet

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Crystal Symphony emerges from her most extensive dry dock yet

Crystal Symphony has returned to the sea after a month-log dry dock with a new "Open Seating" dining concept, new restaurants, new technology, and new Penthouse Suites. View our behind the scenes videos at the end of this article.

Open Dining on Crystal Symphony

Stylish new restaurants have been added to Crystal Symphony as well as the introduction of an open seating dining concept that allows Crystal Cruises guest to dine at their leisure.

The main Crystal Dining Room has been renamed to Waterside, the same as on their Crystal River Cruises fleet of river ships. The number of tables for two and four has been increased, and the new concept does away with fixed tables and meal times. Waterside is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The former Lido Café area is now called Marketplace, offering an open kitchen with dishes made to order. Marketplace serves casual buffet style breakfast and lunches, and in the evening transforms into Churrascaria, a new stylish casual dinner venue that features a Caipirinha cocktail as a welcome drink and serves a selection of Brazilian-inspired tapas, ceviche, salads and grilled meats presented on sword-like skewers.

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Adjacent to the existing Trident Grill on the Lido Deck is the new Silk Kitchen & Bar. This new dining venue offers Chinese-inspired dinners served on sharing plates, and self-service options for breakfast and lunch that include dumplings, Chinois salad, a soup and noodle bar and other Asian favourites.

The classic Trident Grill remains, serving casual grilled options including burgers and sandwiches.

Master Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s famed on-board restaurant Silk Road and The Sushi Bar has been changed and rebranded as Umi Uma & Sushi Bar. The venue continues to serves the cuisine of Nobu, all prepared by his personally trained chefs, and remains the only Nobu restaurant at sea.

The ship’s second specialty restaurant, Prego, remains the same, serving regional specialities of Italy.

Technological improvements on Crystal Symphony

Crystal Cruises has invested in new software and hardware to offer its guests expanded connectivity with double the satellite speed enabling guests to access the new Crystal landing page called “Crystal Connect”. The new portal enables guests to easily access the internet, as well as shipboard information including menus from each restaurant, daily Reflections (the ships daily programme), activities, shore excursions and the ship’s location, itinerary and points of interest. A number of international newspapers are available for digital viewing, as well as a library of box office hit movies, music, Crystal lectures on demand and much more. Crystal Connect is also available for use on guests’ personal devices.

Public Spaces and Entertainment

Crystal Symphony’s mid-ship Starlite Club, the place to go for evening dancing and cocktails, was also refurbished, with a fresh design to complement the sea views and brand new technological capabilities.

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Crystal Symphony will also debut a brand-new production show, Crystal in Motion. The show features various genres of music and dance, and replaces the former “welcome aboard” show. Additionally, the ship will offer evening-long entertainment options around the ship as guests enjoy anytime dining. The Starlite Club features varied acts from the Crystal Ensemble, as well as comedians, ballroom dance group and the Crystal Show Band, performing on select evenings of each voyage.

In all rooms throughout the ship – in each stateroom and in all public areas – high-definition, interactive flat-panel TVs enable guests to conveniently access on-board programmes, view the Crystal Spa & Salon menu, the Connoisseur Wine Selection and dining menus.

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New Penthouses and Penthouse Suites

Crystal Symphony now features more spacious, butler-serviced Penthouses and Penthouse Suites, with the newly added Seabreeze Penthouse with Verandah (12 new suites) and Seabreeze Penthouse Suite with Verandah (28 new suites), both occupying Deck 9, Seabreeze. The new accommodations boast the same square footage as existing Penthouses and Penthouse Suites (367 sq. ft. and 491 sq. ft., respectively), while Seabreeze Penthouses are paired by shared entryways recessed from the hall.

Penthouse accommodations offer guests enhanced all-inclusive Crystal amenities, including butler service and in-room speciality dining. Penthouse guests now receive unlimited complimentary dining at the on-board specialty restaurants. The conversion of staterooms into the new penthouse accommodations effectively reduces the ship’s guest capacity to 848, while the number of crew on board remains the same. Crystal has long led the industry in abundant space and number of crew per guest aboard its ships, and the decreased guest capacity enhances the atmosphere of copious space in public areas and dining venues.

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