Built 1995, Kvaerner Masa Yards Turku New Shipyard, Finland
Tonnage 51 044 GT
Length 238,01 m
Width 30,20 m
Draught 7,60 m
1 010 passengers
6 Sultzer diesels, combined 38 880 kW
2 bow thrusters
1 stern thruster
Speed 22 knots
But first, I little word about my overall impression of the interiors. A more cruise-experienced friend of mine warned before I left that I would be about to experience a very conservative cruise line. And he was absolutely right; not just when it came to the onboard product, but also the interior decor. On both accounts, I couldn't help but feel that Crystal's recently-developed public image as a fresh and dynamic cruise line was at odds with the interior (and the onboard product). But as far as the interiors go, I'll let you judge for yourselves.
All images are taken on 12 May 2016 while the Crystal Symphony was at Civitavecchia, except those marked otherwise. As per the usual, click on the images to see them in larger size.
Deck 12 (Sun Deck) consists mostly of outer decks circling the Lido areas, with golf driving nets, a putting green and a tennis court scattered around it, with the gym and spa aft, around the base of the funnel.
|What better way to start than the builder's plate, which conviniently happens to be located at the base of the radar mast, forward on deck 12.|
|Overlooking the main pool area from up on deck 12.|
|The Palm Court, looking starboard and aft over the dance floor.|
|A neat little piece of decór above the dance floor at Palm Court.|
|Most of the Plam Court. The colour scheme was perhaps a bit bland for my tastes, though the pillows were a nice touch of colour.|
|...and aft of the Teen's/Children's lounges you have the main pool area.|
|I really like this sculpture overlooking the main (well, only) pool, with it's clear reference to the Crystal funnel symbol.|
|The Lido Café which, as noted above, is not a café but a buffet. The decór was nice but very stereotypically cruise ship buffet.|
|Both indoors and outdoors seating was available. At least during the time I was onboard, the Lido Café was only open for breakfast and lunch, which meant the space was deserted for most of the day.|
Deck 9 (Seabreeze [sic!] Deck) consists entirely of cabins, or as Crystal calls them, deluxe staterooms.
Deck 8 (Horizon Deck) has more cabins, some of them with obstructed views. Here I can also give you a look inside one of them, as my own cabin, a Deluxe Statroom with Verandah, also happened to be on this deck.
|Verandah cabin 8050, seen from the entrance towards the veranda (photographed on 7 May 2016).|
For decks five and six, see here.
Special thanks to Paul Garcia and Jaque Brown.
Next time we'll complete the tour of the Crystal Symphony with looks at the bulk of the public rooms on decks six and five.