Crystal Serenity Gets a Chic Extreme Makeover
The award-winning Crystal Serenity has emerged from a $17 million redesign with chic new Crystal Penthouses and dramatically transformed indoor/outdoor casual dining spaces, including the Trident Grill, Scoops ice cream bar, Tastes Bar, Lido Café, and Tastes restaurant, featuring a brand new global-inspired evening menu. Cruise industry-firsts include a chef’s herb garden as part of vibrant “vertical walls” of greenery and 70 new Pure hypoallergenic staterooms.
From the top deck to its hull, Crystal Serenity underwent a comprehensive maintenance, with deep cleaning, mechanical updates, and environmental upgrades implemented throughout the ship’s interior and exterior spaces. Palm Court boasts a new dance floor, specialty restaurant Prego was warmed with new colors, and even the “behind the scenes” Tender Boarding area reveals a new welcoming look. In recent years, Crystal Cruises has spent almost $120 million on the Extreme makeovers of its fleet, and $52 million on Crystal Serenity alone within the last two years.
Lido Deck and Lido Café – London’s Adfecto architectural interior design firm was inspired by Santa Barbara’s casual, yet cultured California Riviera vibe for the Extreme Makeover of the ship’s spacious Lido deck. The existing Lido Café was demolished and extended forward to increase space for all new service and seating areas. As with Crystal Symphony, Crystal Serenity’s Lido Café has been redesigned with modern food islands (instead of long buffet counters), more tables for two, and a live, open kitchen, which includes a bakery.
Highlighted by floor-to-ceiling windows, the space was re-imagined with rich tones of denim blue and ochre fabrics, geometric neutral blocks of bronzes and cream-tile floors, and pale blue glass tiled-walls. Edge-lit geometric free-cut screens help separate intimate by-the-window seating areas from all new light stone island counters. Custom-made ceramic, gold leaf speckled mosaic tile from Italy, decorative internally-lit-herb-inspired sculptures and strapped bronze pendant lights add layers of detail. Warmth is introduced with the various shades of wood, including comfortable UK-made timber-framed Morgan furniture. The restaurant’s aft outdoor dining space was refreshed with ochre patterned cushions and umbrellas.
In total, the remodel saw the installation of 17 counters, all new WMF coffee machines, Citrocasa orange juicers, EuroCave wine refrigerators, and two Sveba Dahlen ovens (one in Lido Café for baked goods, one in Tastes for pizza), enabling Crystal chefs to enhance the preparation and presentation of fresh hot and cold food selections, as well as support beverage service.
Lido Deck – Tastes, Trident Grill, Scoops, and Palm Court. Adfecto’s major remodel saw the removal of the indoor pool and all of its surrounding galleys and eating areas to create a new and updated feel on the entire deck. This was accomplished and guests are sure to enjoy the new space.
The Crystal Penthouses have been redefined and designed by the same firm that remodeled the Crystal Serenity staterooms. They have won major awards for the innovative design of these Penthouses. Inspired by the classic flats of London and the sophisticated upscale style of Manhattan, the designers’ goal was to create a home away from home for the sophisticated world traveler, wtih a high level of comfort and various areas for work and play. Designed to maximize the views throughout, the rooms and seating arrangements are open and flow from room to room. Even the Grand Foyer offers a dramatic open screen, enabling visibility into the dining room and the ocean views beyond.
Crystal Serenity’s Tender Landing/Boarding area was redesigned with a new faux timber floor with contrasting inserts and sycamore effect walls. A new ceiling with low energy LED lighting highlights new large-scale, stylized flora and fauna photographic artwork. New digital signage and benches were installed to improve the embarkation and disembarkation experience.
The ship was thoroughly deep cleansed, exteriors repainted, the “port pod” refurbished, and energy-saving LED lighting was added in public areas, crew offices, and more.
In keeping with recent dry dock tradition of “giving back”, old furniture was donated to a local Cadiz organization that supports recovering drug addicts.
Crystal’s passion for taking care of guests in an inviting environment of extraordinary space, quality and choices has earned the company more “World’s Best” awards than any other cruise line, resort, or hotel in history, including “Best Cruise Line” for an unprecedented 20th year in last month’s Conde Nast Traveler magazine.
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