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We’re welcoming Crystal Symphony Cruise Director Shane Morley back to the blog today for an update on the tremendous progress and projects happening aboard our award-winning ship. As he shares, there are few corners of Crystal Symphony that will remain untouched.

First, two fun facts for all of you Crystal Insiders.

  1. At the moment over 6,000 square meters of carpet are being laid in the public areas, corridors, and suites around the ship.
  2. A new barbecue grill called a churrasqueira on the Lido deck 11 aft is also coming online in one of our new restaurants by the same name. Our Crystal culinary team will now include a churrasqueiro, a chef who specializes in Portuguese churrasco style food.
A close-up view of a massive propeller blade as it’s polished and prepped to be reinstalled.

Beyond the remarkable design and guest spaces being attended to during Crystal Symphony’s dry dock are many of the marine projects that cannot be done while we are in operation at sea.

Down in the dry dock itself, there are a number of very large projects going on. They are working on the port side propeller shaft to ensure that it stays in tiptop condition. They have also taken off the blades from the port side propeller for polishing. This polishing will also be done with the starboard side blades so that we with have the most efficient propulsion from our system possible, once we leave dry dock.

Right in front of the propeller shaft on the port side lay the one of our rudders that is being worked on. It is a Becker Rudder, and what makes it special is the flap on the backside of the rudder that allows Crystal Symphony to have greater maneuverability – always important to the captain.

All the thrusters around the ship are being fine-tuned, which is very important for the docking and maneuvering of the ship when we come in and out of ports of call.

In addition to the marine projects that are going on, Crystal Symphony is being completely reimagined and enhanced almost everywhere that you look.

An artist’s rendering of the new Penthouse accommodations on Seabreeze Deck 9.

All the Hotel refurbishment projects are mainly designed by vice president of hotel services and design, Alex Don, and fall under the shipboard management of Hotel Director Herbert Jaeger.

The most significant projects are on the Deck 9 Seabreeze Penthouse Deck and the conversion of the Trident area on Deck 11. Simply put, on deck 9, every three of the previous staterooms are being converted into 2 new luxurious suites. After the conversions are complete, there will be 28 Penthouse Suites and 12 Crystal Penthouse Suites established on the Seabreeze Deck 9. They will be more spacious and they also have completely new functional design elements, as well as the personal butler service that makes our guests’ experience extra special.

An artist’s rendering of the newly imagine Silk Restaurant planned for Crystal Symphony.

Another conversion, that is be forged from the rubble of the previous trident grill area, is the new Silk Restaurant up on Deck 11. The restaurant will serve Asian “comfort food,” famous for its savory and spicy flavors. At the moment, they are building the new kitchen for it on the starboard side and cable is being pulled to all to the new sound and lighting systems. The food and ambience should be amazing in this new dining venue once they are finished. See below for Shane’s behind-the-scenes peek into the dining experience for crew members during dry dock.

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Posted on June 16, 2017

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  1. Fran Bator
    2 years ago

    Best of luck and keep the pictures coming!!!!!

  2. Anne Russell
    2 years ago

    Very much looking forward to being with you in November from Dubai to Mauritius and seeing the changes made since I left you in Lisbon in September.

  3. Alex Buccieri
    2 years ago

    I really enjoy seeing the progress of the dry dock process. Thanks for posting.

    Also like the video. Do more videos.

  4. Teri Niebruegge
    2 years ago

    Are you doing anything to the suites on 10??

  5. Wendy McDonald
    2 years ago

    Exciting! Will the existing penthouse suites also be refurbished?

  6. Peter Macaulay
    2 years ago

    I find all this hard work fascinating, and hope you can find the time to post more pictures and stories.
    However the photo of the “propeller blade” looks wrong to me ?

    1. Peter Macaulay
      2 years ago

      Now I see, it is the blade from the back view.

  7. Lou Bernucca
    2 years ago

    Love reading all the details. Keep them coming. The only better thing is being on the Symphony.

  8. Christopher Hawks
    2 years ago

    We cannot wait to hop on in Valparaiso and see all the changes!

  9. Lucille Singer
    2 years ago

    Can you pease tell us about the non penthouse cabins, have they all been redone with new carpet furniture and mattresses.
    Thank you. We are scheduled To go on the amazon cruise on November 8,2018. On our last cruise the mattresses were really poor quality, and we asked when they would be replaced, they did not know. Any info on the refurbishment of the cabins would be greatly appreciated


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