Crystal Cruises’ $25 million redesign of the Crystal Serenity is now complete after the company’s longest drydock, which involved a 500-plus international staff for two hectic weeks.
All 535 staterooms, retail centers, the outdoor pool deck, corridors and other spaces received a substantial facelift, in addition to the general sprucing of the entire vessel.
Interior designer Keith Rushbrook, principal at the Toronto-based II BY IV Design Associates, summarized the vision, “We wanted modern classic elegance. We wanted Fifth Avenue — creme de la creme New York-inspired living and retail spaces that people love and look forward to spending time in.”
Deluxe Staterooms, Penthouses and Penthouse Suites were completely transformed with new soft goods and furniture; new sofas also offer more third berths for Crystal’s growing family clientele. Blu-ray players and flat-screen televisions were added and, by the end of June, the Penthouse and Penthouse Suite verandahs will have new furnishings and Silk Road will also have new carpets and fabrics. The Apropos boutique was redesigned into three shopping spaces, with a new area for Christian Dior cosmetics.
Crystal Serenity has launched a series of Baltic, British Isles and North Cape cruises, moving to the Mediterranean in August. (www.crystalcruises.com