Crystal Symphony Embarks on Maiden Voyage After Extensive Revitalization

Industry Watch | November 17, 2023 | Feature

Crystal Symphony Palomino Hospitality

The embodiment of sophistication and luxurious travel, Crystal Symphony, a gem within the prestigious Crystal cruise line owned by A&K Travel Group, embarked on its inaugural journey on September 1, 2023. Originally constructed in 1995, the ship has undergone a remarkable transformation, now standing as a symbol of lavishness and cutting-edge design.

Palomino Hospitality orchestrated a special two-day gathering with Crystal Symphony in Mumbai, extending invitations to distinguished members of India's travel industry and media to experience the pinnacle of luxury cruising. This intentional partnership sought to acquaint the richness of Crystal Cruises with the dynamic Indian market.

Commenting on the Mumbai Voyage Mr Ajay Vinayak, CEO, Palomino Hospitality (PSA for Crystal Cruise in India) said, "We are thrilled to unveil a maritime extravaganza in India! Our exclusive rendezvous with Crystal Symphony sets the stage for opulence at sea, positioning it as the premier choice for Indian luxury cruise experience. We essentially want to convey that Indian travelers, not just individuals but also groups and MICE, have an extraordinary experience awaiting them—class apart in terms of luxury, comfort, and an array of amazing destination options. Unique venues await for any kind of event, promising a truly unmatched experience."

Vandana Vinayak, Director, Palomino Hospitality said, "The event laid the foundation for Crystal Symphony to emerge as the luxury cruise. The Crystal Symphony promises an unparalleled luxury voyage with its sophisticated suites, world-class dining, unmatched entertainment, and unparalleled service."

The Symphony, accommodating 606 passengers, embarked on its inaugural journey from Athens, joining the ranks of the recently revitalized Crystal Serenity. This dynamic duo represents a lavish revival, showcasing fewer cabins but larger, revamped suites that redefine the onboard experience. Notably, over 80% of Crystal's former crew has returned, ensuring a seamless transition into a new era of luxury cruising.

Crystal Symphony Highlights:

Elegant Design and Ocean Views: Adorned with graceful contours and sweeping vistas of the ocean, the Crystal Symphony presents an intimate ambiance enhanced by spacious suites and accommodations. Following its renovation, the revamped vessel now stands as the epitome of exquisite taste and refined sophistication.

Luxurious Suites & Guest Rooms:

  • Crystal Penthouse Suite: Offering expansive living spaces, a private veranda, luxurious finishes, and attentive butler service, the largest suite is available in both the 2023 and 2020 designs.
  • Junior Crystal Penthouse Suite: In its 2023 redesign, this generously appointed suite showcases distinct dining and living spaces, a private veranda, and meticulous butler service.
  • Sapphire Veranda Suite: An expansive suite boasting a living area, luxurious finishes, and a private veranda, complemented by meticulous butler service.
  • Sapphire Ocean View Suite: Highlighting a living area, opulent finishes, and panoramic ocean views, all complemented by attentive butler service.
  • Aquamarine Veranda Suite: Providing a cozy living space, a secluded veranda, and ideal for grand yet intimate occasions, this option is accessible in both contemporary and traditional designs.

A Symphony of Exquisite Dining Experiences
Embarking on a culinary adventure with Crystal Cruises takes the art of dining to unprecedented levels, guaranteeing each meal to be a memorable celebration of flavors, innovation, and elegance. Below is a sneak peek into the varied and extraordinary dining experiences that await guests aboard the Crystal Symphony:

  • UMI UMA - Nobu's Culinary Artistry Few dining establishments can match the inventive genius of Nobu, and Umi Uma stands as proof of this culinary excellence. Visitors are welcomed to indulge in the opulent surroundings while relishing the unique Japanese-Peruvian dishes that have propelled Nobu to worldwide acclaim. Given its widespread popularity, securing reservations is essential, with limited availability per sailing to guarantee an intimate and exclusive dining experience.
  • OSTERIA D'OVIDIO - An Italian Culinary Extravaganza Paying homage to Crystal's owner, Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio, Osteria d'Ovidio takes center stage with its exceptional Italian dining. In this venue, meticulously crafted traditional dishes take guests on a delightful journey through the vibrant tapestry of Italian cuisine. Reservations are a must, and with limited availability per sailing, Osteria d'Ovidio ensures an intimate and immersive dining experience.
  • WATERSIDE RESTAURANT - An International Culinary Odyssey Set sail on a gastronomic adventure at Waterside Restaurant, where contemporary international cuisine steals the spotlight. Amidst elegant surroundings and mesmerizing ocean views, patrons can savor inventive seasonal dishes, crafting a dining experience that is both refined and enchanting.
  • THE VINTAGE ROOM - Harmony of Gourmet Cuisine and Wine The Vintage Room emerges as an exceptional culinary haven, delivering an enlightening dining encounter coupled with some of the most exceptional sea-bound vintages. This restaurant, dedicated to gourmet food and wine pairings, redefines the art of tasting, offering an immersive expedition for both wine enthusiasts and discerning food connoisseurs.
  • THE BISTRO - Parisian Elegance, Crystal Style A tribute to the iconic bars and bistros of Paris, The Bistro captures the essence of timeless classics. This spacious and airy café invites guests to celebrate the culinary heritage with a menu offering light bites from dawn to dusk.
  • TRIDENT GRILL - Burger Bliss with a View For a more casual yet sophisticated dining experience, guests can indulge in a burger with a view at Trident Grill. The poolside restaurant and grill boast a comfortable terrace adorned with elegant design, making it the perfect spot for al fresco dining.
  • TASTES KITCHEN & BAR - A Taste of Sophistication and Regional Flavors Tastes Kitchen & Bar redefines the concept of traveling with taste, offering sumptuous, regionally inspired tapas-style cuisine. This venue seamlessly combines sophisticated style with the casual comfort of a bistro.
  • SCOOPS ICE CREAM BAR - Gelato Bliss by the Sea Satisfy your sweet cravings with authenticity at Scoops Ice Cream Bar, where authentic Italian gelato meets the sea view. Choose from a selection of innovative flavors or opt for time-tested delights for the perfect onboard treat.
  • MARKETPLACE - An Elegant Buffet Extravaganza For those who prefer a bit of everything, Marketplace offers a sophisticated buffet-style dining experience. Featuring a dizzying array of hot and cold choices, this restaurant ensures a feast for the senses in an elegant setting.
  • 24-HOUR IN-SUITE DINING - A Personalized Culinary Retreat Guests seeking the ultimate in culinary privacy can delight in 24-hour in-suite dining. Select from an inspired menu, allowing you to savor gourmet delights from the comfort of your suite while enjoying the luxuries of Crystal cruising.

Cristina Levis, CEO, A&K Travel Group said, "We are so proud that Crystal Symphony has officially joined Crystal Serenity back in the water, signaling an exciting new chapter for Crystal - two ships refurbished and back in service in under a year is completely unprecedented."

Crystal Symphony represents a remarkable blend of timeless luxury and contemporary innovation, inviting travelers to experience a new standard of opulence on the high seas.

The Symphony, accommodating 606 passengers, embarked on its inaugural journey from Athens, joining the ranks of the recently revitalized Crystal Serenity.

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