Friday, January 13, 2012

Posh Redesign Planned For Crystal Symphony

Crystal Symphony's Redesigned Palm Court
Crystal Cruises' Crystal Symphony is set to receive a million-dollar-a-day transformation during its $15 million dry dock scheduled for June 1 to 16, 2012. In only 15 days at Germany's Blohm + Voss shipyard, the ship's Avenue Saloon, Palm Court lounge, Galaxy showroom, Hollywood Theatre, Bridge Lounge, and Fantasia and Waves "junior cruisers" areas will be transformed in ways that are stylishly modern, yet in keeping with each space's spirited atmosphere. In the past two years, Crystal Cruises has invested more than $50 million in its vessels, generating praise and awards for their great style.

"Our guests expect the finest of luxury in every element of a Crystal cruise. They have a keen appreciation for design and expect the very best in furnishings, finishes and fine appointments," says President Gregg Michel. "By the completion of this project, within the past five years we will have redesigned every room aboard Crystal Symphony with great attention to rich, chic details."

Design enhancements include:
Avenue Saloon: For the popular piano bar's makeover, Crystal is bringing back the designer who created the room's trademark "clubby" look: Kirk Nix, with LA's KNA Design. The piano, shutters, and warm, jazz-era atmosphere remain, but a room reconfiguration adds more seating. Rich organic hues weave through the swivel, embossed-leaf barstools, carpets, plush pillows, textured wall upholstery, and artwork. Wood flooring, stone and wood bartop, edge-lit glass shelves, and pop-up ceiling finalize the new touches.

Palm Court: KNA is also revamping the ship's signature panoramic lounge with a view. A sleek, contemporary transformation will take advantage of sweeping ocean views, while keeping emblematic room elements like palms and wicker. In addition to a new entrance, the bar and dance areas expand with added seating and a larger dance floor. Conversation tables; laser-cut marble flooring and carpet; lit, alabaster urns; and a studded nail and leather wall design offset the chartreuse, aqua, grey, and ivory color spectrum of all new sofas and chairs.

Galaxy Lounge: Inspired by the glamorous theaters of yesteryear, Crystal is planning a grand redesign of its main theatre for live performances, Broadway-style musical productions, and lavish entertainment experiences.

Hollywood Theatre: London-based Adfecto's redo of the ship's movie theater is a visual throwback to the classic Hollywood film era, with all comfort and technical advantages of contemporary cinemas.

Bridge Lounge: The ship's space for cards, games, and presentations receives a refined rejuvenation via all new furniture, including game tables and chairs; lighting; window treatments; wallcoverings; and presentation tools

Fantasia and Waves: A new layout for both Fantasia kids play area and Waves teen video arcade creates separate areas for crafts, relaxation, screenings (two TVs), teens, and computer usage (teens and kids separate). The designer has chosen fun, asymmetrical furniture, Fatboy(TM) bean bags, and vibrant colors like crimson, sapphire, and various shades of green.
Other ship enhancements include new electronic, "do not disturb" doorbells in all staterooms (as installed on Crystal Serenity last May) and environmentally-efficient lighting installations for all electric upgrades/changes.

Palm Court Rendering Courtesy of Crystal Cruises

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