By Published On: 2 Sep 2023

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Crystal Symphony has set sail on its maiden voyage after a major dry dock refit for Crystal’s relaunch. The ultra-luxury vessel departed Athens, Greece yesterday evening against a backdrop of fireworks and applause.

“We are so proud that Crystal Symphony has officially joined Crystal Serenity back in the water, signaling an exciting new chapter for Crystal – two ships refurbished and back in service in under a year is completely unprecedented.”

Cristina Levis, CEO of A&K Travel Group

The 606-guest Crystal Symphony is the cruise line’s most intimate vessel. Indeed, the refurbishment has enhanced that sense of intimacy, reducing its capacity by 37-percent. The vessel was extensively refurbished at the Fincantieri ship yard in Trieste, Italy where three decks were entirely transformed with the installation of 100 brand new suites and guest rooms. Not to mention new dining venues as well as enhance public spaces.

Indeed, Crystal tell us the multimillion-dollar refurbishment allowed for the redesign of accommodations with two entirely new suite options. The most notable of these is the 60 sq. m. / 645 sq. ft. Junior Crystal Penthouse Suite: This new, large suite has separate dining and living areas overlooking a private veranda, not to mention attentive butler service.

The Osteria D’Ovidio restaurant on the relaunched Crystal Symphony.
The Osteria D’Ovidio restaurant on the relaunched Crystal Symphony.

Crystal Symphony has embarked on its maiden voyage with 9 outstanding dining venues, including the new Osteria D’Ovidio restaurant. Named for Crystal’s Executive Chairman, Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, it showcases classic Italian cuisine.

The environmental sustainability of the vessel has also been significantly upgraded, in particular the water treatment and energy recovery systems. Interestingly, the hull has also been treated with a state-of-the-art paint designed to reduce water friction and thereby fuel consumption.

Crystal Symphony will sail itineraries in the Mediterranean until October 2023, before sailing for Australia and the Far East. For more information about Crystal Symphony’s maiden voyage visit the Crystal website.

About the Author: Jason Kerr

Jason is the founder and Managing Editor of The Luxury Cruise Review. He has a passion for travel, a weakness for espresso coffee and a love of Greek cuisine.

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