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The watchword on CRYSTAL SYMPHONY is luxury.
The goal is to provide a six star experience and the ship
has the awards to show that it is achieving that goal.
Although not a mega-cruiseship, CRYSTAL
SYMPHONY is larger than most ships in the luxury
cruise ship category. There are advantages to this. For
example, CRYSTAL SYMPHONY can offer more
facilities and amenities than could be put into a smaller
However, mass production is often an enemy of
luxury and the more people there are on a ship, the more
difficult it becomes to provide the personalized service
that is a hallmark of a luxury experience.
Crystal seeks to overcome this danger by having a
large crew in relation to the number of passengers.
Indeed, while most premium category ships have a
crew to passenger ratio of 2.2, CRYSTAL
SYMPHONY has a 1.7 ratio. Furthermore, the crew is
trained and encouraged to provide friendly,
At the end of the day, service is the primary factor
that distinguishes a luxury ship from a premium ship. If
one simply lists the amenities, facilities and services on
modern cruise ships, the lists would be pretty nearly
identical. Thus, the difference between ships lies
primarily in the way those amenities, facilities and
services are provided to the passengers.
The interior of CRYSTAL SYMPHONY is for the
most part contemporary. It is sophisticated and elegant;
there is no glitter. It is for the most part understated and
streamlined. It glistens with cleanliness.
An important feature of a Crystal cruise is the
enrichment program. The line brings authors, political
figures, historians and celebrities on board to lecture
and talk with the guests. In addition, there are
destination lectures and self-improvement courses
including an extensive program about computers. This
is an intellectual ship.
The sophistication carries over into the dress code.
It is resort wear during the day but even then no swim
suits, robes, or baseball caps in the dining rooms. In
the evenings, some nights are formal, others jacket and
tie/cocktail dresses, and some are casual. Jeans and
shorts are generally not acceptable in the evening.
CRYSTAL SYMPHONY's itinerary takes her to many
different destinations around the world. As a result, she
has to cross a variety of waters. While not an ocean
liner, she does have a narrower bow than many cruise
ships, which helps her handle such waters.
REGISTRY: The Bahamas
ENTERED SERVICE: March 1995
TONNAGE: 51,044 gross tons
LENGTH: 781 feet
BEAM: 99 feet
DRAFT: 25 feet
SPEED: 21 knots (max).
20 knots (cruising)
POWER PLANT: diesel electric
PROPULSION: traditional propellers and
DINING GUIDE TO CRYSTAL
SYMPHONY - - An interview with Food and
Beverage Manager Walter Pietschnig
MAKING THE CRYSTAL
DIFFERENCE - - An interview with the
Captain Jon Orland, Hotel Director Herbert Doppler
and Cruise Director Scott Peterson (2007)
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