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Crystal Symphony Completes US$25 million Makeover

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What does a $25 million makeover get you? Swarovski Crystal chandeliers, cashmere throws, sunken Philippe Stark Duravit Jacuzzi bathtubs, chic new pool deck furniture, works by famed Venetian artists, service islands with top-of-the-line pizza ovens and woks, and dozens more upscale and behind-the-scenes embellishments. So encompasses the striking results of Crystal Symphonys extensive drydock in October. Following the makeover, the vessel boasts completely transformed Crystal Penthouses, Lido Caf and pool areas, redesigned Penthouses and Prego Italian restaurant, as well as dozens of behind-the-scenes improvements.

We strive to offer a luxury vacation experience that continues to impress and delight our guests, said Thomas Mazloum, Crystals Cruises senior vice president of hotel operations. Crystal Symphonys recent enhancements reinforce Crystals commitment to delivering a product that consistently earns the industrys highest praises for its stylish spaces and activities, as well as our service.

New touches on Crystal Symphony include:

 Crystal Penthouses The 982-square-foot suites were remodeled top to bottom, with expanded living space, state-of-the-art audio-visual system, and floor-to-ceiling dining room windows. Ocean view bathrooms offer large Philippe Stark bathtubs, glass mosaic tiles and recessed televisions.

Penthouses The butler-serviced suites were redesigned in two new color schemes, featuring new custom cabinetry, plush bedding, flat-screen televisions and lavish bathroom accoutrements.

Lido Caf The breakfast and lunch venue sports a refined yet modern motif, with abundant natural light, and colors and details inspired by the Hampton seashore. New food and drink service islands showcase fresh cuisine and add intimate seating and improve flow.

Seahorse and Neptune Pool Decks The outdoor spots feature crisp white deck furniture accented with citrus-hued cushions and throw pillows for added al fresco dining and conversational seating. With its retractable roof and brand new teak decking, the mid-ship Neptune Pool was replaced with additional plush seating and extra-large Jacuzzi hot tub.

Prego The Venetian-designed Italian restaurant, showcasing cuisine by Piero Selvaggio, has a vividly modern design, with rich color palettes (think chocolate suede walls and red wine-colored upholstery) and warm, dramatic lighting.

Staterooms All staterooms were refreshed with smart leather sofas, replacing armchairs.

Broadcast Center State-of-the-art overhaul improves programming quality and options.

In 2010, Crystal Cruises is celebrates 20 years of cruising. Its cruises to six continents range from seven to 108 days. Among the highlights of the year is the World Cruise, which can be enjoyed in individual voyages of 12 to 21 days, and the annual Presidents cruise, which in 2010 travels from Dubai to Piraeus.

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