It took two weeks and $25 million, but Crystal Cruises can now say its wrapped its longest-ever dry dock. This time for Crystal Serenity. The ship's 535 staterooms, retail centers, outdoor pool deck, corridors and other spaces received a facelift. The effect: Modern classic elegance, says interior designer, Keith Rushbrook, principal at the Toronto-based II BY IV Design Associates. "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."
All of Crystal Serenity’s 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. Blu-ray players and flat-screen TVs were added, and new modern lighting features, plus an electronic "do not disturb" and doorbell system.
The Apropos boutique was redesigned into three shopping spaces, against a backdrop of rich Zebrano wood and herringbone rosewood, black-plum-magenta carpeting and tufted leather seating. A new area is dedicated to Christian Dior cosmetics.
Guests will now lounge poolside on bright lime green, azure and mango sofas , lounge chairs, and circular pod beds, like those recently added to Crystal Symphony’s pool area.
Note: By end of June, the Penthouse and Penthouse Suite verandahs will sport new furnishings and the stateroom design will be augmented with decorative coverlets. Silk Road will also unveil new carpets and fabrics.
Crystal Serenity will 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.