One Hamburg shipyard, two weeks, several talented designers, 500+ international staffers, 606 crew, and US$25 million. Such are the ingredients for the redesign of Crystal Cruises’ largest ship, Crystal Serenity.
Just completed after a round-the-clock remodel at Germany’s Blohm + Voss shipyard, the dry dock was the company’s longest ever.
All 535 staterooms, retail centres, outdoor pool deck, corridors and other spaces received a facelift, in addition to general sprucing-up of the entire outside and inside of the vessel.
“In the past year and a half, we have invested well over US$50 million in our ships,” said Crystal Cruises’ president Gregg Michel.
“The striking new spaces serve as a stunning backdrop to the incomparable service and choices that always characterize a Crystal vacation.”
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 – crème de la crème New York-inspired living and retail spaces that people love and look forward to spending time in.”
Crystal Serenity emerged from dry dock to begin a series of Baltic, British Isles, and North Cape cruises. Come August, the ship sails to the Mediterranean for a variety of late summer and fall cruises.
All of Crystal Serenity’s luxury accommodations received new appointments. While Crystal Penthouses were refreshed with new soft goods, Deluxe Staterooms, Penthouses, and Penthouse Suites were completely transformed with new, floor-to-ceiling tufted headboards, bedside cabinets, sofas, curtains, pillows and custom carpets in contemporary lines and classic stone, silk, velvet, leather and crisp linen textures.
The new sofas also offer more third berths – a nice feature for Crystal’s growing family clientele.
Blu-ray players and flat-screen televisions were added, and new modern lighting features, plus an electronic “do not disturb” and doorbell system throughout the ship, which allow guests greater personalization of their chic accommodations.
The Apropos boutique was redesigned into three dramatic shopping spaces, against a backdrop of rich Zebrano wood and herringbone rosewood, arresting black-plum-magenta carpeting and tufted leather seating. Massive sculptural aluminium screens graphically pop against grey smoked glass walls.
A new area is dedicated to Christian Dior cosmetics.
The Dior shop is exclusive to Crystal and is the largest of its kind that isn’t land-based.