When Crystal Symphony launched in 1995, she was the sister ship to Crystal Harmony, the line’s debut vessel in 1990. Both ships established the luxury brand as one of the finest in the global travel market. Fast forward to today, and only Symphony, as well as younger Crystal Serenity, remain — resurrected, along with the line itself, under their new A&K Travel Group ownership.
Loyalists will recognize Crystal Symphony’s public spaces as mostly unchanged but with refreshed finishes, fixtures, and furniture. The most obvious improvements are the reconfigured accommodations: After consolidating several smaller, traditional staterooms into double-sized suites, the ship has lowered its overall guest capacity from 960 to 606. The mathematical result is an outstanding passenger-to-space ratio, meaning loads of vessel volume to go around per individual guest on an uncrowded ship, which is sure to appeal to newcomers as well.
You’d never know Crystal Symphony is nearly three decades old as the refurbished ship shines brightly. Some of the décor is a carryover from the ship’s earliest years — think polished brass, teak decking, and the concentric circle popcorn ceiling of the Starlite Club — all of which are delightful retro callbacks. Combine that with modern touches like the living walls and geometric patterns of the skylit Tastes Kitchen & Bar and you have a comfortably classic but contemporary environment.