By Michael Coleman
One of cruise travel’s most luxurious vessels is scheduled for a face-lift.
Crystal Cruises will be spending more than $25 million this spring to keep its largest ship, Crystal Serenity, on the cutting edge of luxury style.
Some 400 expert technicians flown from around the world, working round the clock for just 14 days, are scheduled for the massive redesign of her 531 deluxe staterooms, penthouses and penthouses suites; retail centers; expansive outdoor pool deck and other design projects during a May 8-22 dry dock at Hamburg’s Blohm + Voss shipyard.
“In the past two years, we have invested well over $50 million in our ships,” says Gregg Michel, president, Crystal Cruises.Â The line also operates the 922-passenger Crystal Symphony.
“Our guests can look forward to dazzling new spaces, which will serve as a stunningÂ backdrop to the incomparable service and choices that always characterizes a Crystal vacation.”Â Â Â Â
Interior designer, Keith Rushbrook, principal at the Toronto-based II BY IV Design Associates, summarized the vision: “We wanted modern classic elegance.Â We wanted Fifth Avenue — crÃ¨me de la crÃ¨me New York-inspired living and retail spaces that people love and look forward to spending time in.”
All of the ship’s 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 crisp linen textures.Â New modern lighting features and electronic “do not disturb” and doorbell system will allow guests greater personalization of their home-away-from-home.Â
Serenity’s retail shops will receive a similar, sophisticated metamorphosis.Â The Facets fine jewelry store will mirror a jewelry box, with mother-of-pearl feature wall, beveled chrome vitrines, and new, private sales area.Â The Apropos boutique will become three-shops-in-one, with a flagship Christian Dior cosmetic/skincare area showcased amongst rich Zebrano wood and herringbone rosewood, arresting black-plum-magenta carpeting, and tufted leather seating.
Inspired by Symphony’s recent transformation, the Seahorse Pool teak deck will be refashioned with circular pod beds, plush sofa groups, and lounge chairs in a kaleidoscope of lime green, azure, and mango.
The corridors throughout the ship will be transformed with new, custom carpeting, inspiring artwork, and mood lighting.Â Dramatic new lighting will also be installed in the Crystal Dining Room, as will new furniture on all stateroom verandahs.
Following the dry dock, Serenity will embark on a series of Baltic, North Cape and British Isles cruises before heading to the Mediterranean for late summer and fall.