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CRYSTAL
SYMPHONY
PHOTO TOUR AND
COMMENTARY
Overview............................................................Page One

Pools, Spa, Sports Facilties ...............................
Page Two

Shops, Children's Facilities, Other Public Areas..Page Three

Bars, Lounges, Nighttime Entertainment..............Page Four

Dining..................................................................Page Five

Accommodations.................................................Page Six

Views of the Past.................................................Page Seven

Exterior Photos....................................................Profile Page
Pools, Spa, Sports and Open
Decks is next.

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hThe heart of Crystal Symphony's
public areas is the
Crystal Plaza
(above), which is highligted by a
spiral waterfall (below).
Crystal Symphony's large collection of
plaques testifies to the many places she
has been and the awards that she has won.
Above: Captain Egil Giske.

Beelow: Cruise director Scott Peterson's
responsibilities include the
entertainment, the activities and the on
board enrichment programs.
Food and Beverage Manager Walter
Pietsching is in charge of the ship's
dining venues and lounges.
The art work and decoration
on Crystal Symphony does not
call attention to itself.
In the Crystal Plaza, one finds the
Reception Desk, the adjacent Shore
Excursions Desk
and the nearby
Future Cruise Desk.  
OVERVIEW

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
ship.

      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,
personalized service.

      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.

 Although there are currently only two ships in the
Crystal fleet, it should be borne in mind that the
company is owned and supported by one of the world's
largest shipping companies, Japan's NYK Line.
                 
       
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