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Crystal Cruise Lines, generally marketed as Crystal Cruises, is a luxury cruise line founded in 1988 and notable for its medium-sized, high-end ships, Crystal Harmony, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, which each hold about 1,000 passengers. The line is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Japanese shipping company Nippon Yusen Kaisha. The line has its headquarters in Century City, Los Angeles, California.

The first Crystal Cruises ship Crystal Harmony (50142grt) was built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (yard number 2100) and was christened by Mary Tyler Moore. She was followed by the Crystal Symphony (51044grt) in 1995, built by Kværner Masa-Yards (yard number 1323) at Turku. Her godmother was Angela Lansbury. The larger third delivery was Crystal Serenity (68870gt) in 2003, built by Chantiers de l'Atlantique (yard number H32) at St Nazaire. She was christened by Dame Julie Andrews in Southampton. All three ships initially ran together, but in 2005 Crystal Harmony was transferred to the parent company's NYK Cruises in 2005 as Asuka II.

Readers of Condé Nast Traveler have voted the line Best Large-Ship Cruise Line for 16 years. Readers of Travel + Leisure have voted Crystal Cruises World's Best for 15 consecutive years.




 

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Crystal Harmony
Crystal Cruises: 1990-2005

50142grt - Built: 1990 - 22.0kt - 960 pass - 530 crew - 240.9m long

The first Crystal Cruises ship Crystal Harmony (50142grt) was built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (yard number 2100) and was christened by Mary Tyler Moore. When the third ship Crystal Serenity was delivered in 2003, all three ships initially ran together, but in 2005 Crystal Harmony was transferred to the parent company's NYK Cruises in 2005 as Asuka II



Official Crystal Cruises postcards of Crystal Harmony
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Official Crystal Cruises postcard of Crystal Harmony
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Official Crystal Cruises postcard of Crystal Symphony and Crystal Harmony
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Official Crystal Cruises postcard of Crystal Serenity, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Harmony
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Official NYK Cruises postcard of Crystal Harmony as Asuka II
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Images of Asuka II on maiden arrival at Santos 20th May 2012
 
Photo:©2012 Daniel Capella

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Crystal Symphony
Crystal Cruises: 1995-

51044grt - Built: 1995 - 22.0kt - 940 pass - 545 crew - 238.0m long

The Crystal Harmony was followed by the Crystal Symphony (51044grt) in 1995, built by Kværner Masa-Yards (yard number 1323) at Turku. Her godmother was Angela Lansbury.


Official Kvæner Masa-Yards postcard of Crystal Symphony
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Official Crystal Cruises postcards of Crystal Symphony
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Official Crystal Cruises postcard of Crystal Symphony and Crystal Harmony
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Official Crystal Cruises postcard of Crystal Serenity, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Harmony
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Postcard of Crystal Symphony at Vancouver
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Postcard of Crystal Symphony at Sydney
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Simplon Postcards release of Crystal Symphony at San Francisco
Photo: ©Marvin Jensen

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Crystal Symphony - Interiors

The Ocean Liner Society visited Crystal Symphony on 25th August 2012 at Dover. The society had also visited her on 5th September 2010. A review of this visit is available at:- www.ocean-liner-society.com/Visit_CrystalSymphony.htm

Crystal refurbish their ships every two years so some rooms, the Palm Court for example, look quite different from 2010. The maintenance levels on this ship are exemplary - every room looks as if it is brand new. I found the interior design to be ultra-conservative however, and I was not excited by any of the rooms particularly. The less expensive cabins also seemed rather small considering the cost of travelling in them. I am sure that it is a wonderful experience sailing on Symphony, given the high standards of service and food, but ship itself is not inspiring.

Images of their newer ship Crystal Serenity look more interesting:- www.ocean-liner-society.com/Visit_CrystalSerenity.htm


Crystal Symphony Fitness Centre - Deck 12
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 25th August 2012
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Crystal Symphony lobby - Deck 11
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 25th August 2012
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Crystal Symphony Palm Court - Deck 11
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 25th August 2012
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Crystal Symphony Seahorse Pool - Deck 11
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 25th August 2012
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Crystal Symphony Trident Bar & Grill - Deck 11
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 25th August 2012
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Crystal Symphony Lido Cafe - Deck 11
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 25th August 2012
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Crystal Symphony Galaxy Lounge Showroom - Deck 6
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 25th August 2012
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Crystal Symphony Crystal Casino - Deck 6
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 25th August 2012
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Crystal Symphony Hollywood Theatre/Cinema - Deck 6
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 25th August 2012
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Crystal Symphony Luxe Nightclub - Deck 6
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 25th August 2012
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Crystal Symphony Bistro-Atrium - Deck 6
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Crystal Symphony Atrium - Decks 6 & 5
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 25th August 2012
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Crystal Symphony Library - Deck 6
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 25th August 2012
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Crystal Symphony Starlite Club - Deck 6
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 25th August 2012
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Crystal Symphony Vintage Room - Deck 6
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 25th August 2012
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Crystal Symphony Silk Road & Sushi Bar - Deck 6
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 25th August 2012
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Crystal Symphony Prego - Deck 6
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 25th August 2012
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Crystal Symphony Connoisseur Club (smoking room) - Deck 6
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 25th August 2012
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Crystal Symphony Avenue Saloon Bar - Deck 6
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 25th August 2012
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Crystal Symphony Computer Room - Deck 6
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 25th August 2012
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Crystal Symphony Bridge Lounge - Deck 6
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 25th August 2012
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Crystal Symphony Crystal Dining Room - Deck 5
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 25th August 2012
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Crystal Serenity
Crystal Cruises: 2003-

68870grt - Built: 2003 - 22.0kt - 1080 pass - 635 crew - 250.0m long

The larger third Crystal delivery was Crystal Serenity (68870gt) in 2003, built by Chantiers de l'Atlantique (yard number H32) at St Nazaire. She was christened by Dame Julie Andrews in Southampton. All three ships initially ran together, but in 2005 Crystal Harmony was transferred to the parent company's NYK Cruises in 2005 as Asuka II.


Official Crystal Cruises postcard of Crystal Serenity
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Official Crystal Cruises postcard of Crystal Serenity
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Official Crystal Cruises postcard of Crystal Serenity
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Official Crystal Cruises postcard of Crystal Serenity, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Harmony
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