Crystal Symphony

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Crystal Symphony, Fremantle, 2018 (03).jpg
Crystal Symphony departing from Fremantle, Australia
NameCrystal Symphony
OwnerCrystal Cruises
OperatorCrystal Cruises
Port of registryNassau,  Bahamas
BuilderKværner Masa-Yards Turku New Shipyard, Finland
CostUS$250 million
Yard number1323
Launched5 January 1995
In service3 May 1995
General characteristics
Tonnage51,044 GT
Length238 m (781 ft)
Beam30.18 m (99.02 ft)
Draught7.59 m (24.90 ft)
  • 12 decks
  • 8 decks passenger accessible
Installed power
  • Six Wärtsilä-Sulzer diesel engines
  • 25,260 kW (33,880 hp) (combined)
PropulsionDiesel-electric; two shafts
  • 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph) (service)
  • 21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph) (maximum)
Capacity960 passengers

Crystal Symphony is a cruise ship owned and operated by Crystal Cruises. She was built in 1995 at Kværner Masa-Yards Turku New Shipyard, Finland.[1] She is the oldest vessel in the Crystal Cruises fleet.

Concept and construction[edit]

Crystal Symphony was ordered in December 1992 and entered service in May 1995.[1]

The ship was docked in Sydney Harbour for the Olympics in 2000.

The ship was refitted a second time in 2006.[3] This process, which cost US$23 million, was the largest refit ever for Crystal Cruises.[3] During this refit, Crystal employed over 750 external workers to join the existing 545 crew to ensure a timely completion.[3] The refit was done in BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair in Norfolk, Virginia.[3]

In 2009 Crystal Symphony underwent a third refit costing US$25 million.[4] The refit was completed at Boston Ship Repair's South Boston Dry dock.[citation needed]

In June 2012, the ship completed a two-week "extreme makeover" done by 1,100 workers (including the crew) at the Blohm + Voss docks in Germany.[5][6]


  1. ^ a b c d "Crystal Symphony Fact Sheet". Crystal Cruises. 2012. Archived from the original on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 2 April 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Advanced Masterdata for the Vessel Crystal Symphony". VesselTracker. 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d "A New Crystal Symphony To Emerge Following Crystal Cruises' Largest-Ever Dry Dock This Fall" (Press release). Crystal Cruises. 30 August 2006. Archived from the original on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 27 May 2013.
  4. ^ "Final Touches Complete Crystal Symphony's Dramatic New Look". Crystal Cruises. 9 November 2009. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.
  5. ^ "The Big Reveal: Crystal Symphony Completes Dazzling Extreme Ship Makeover". Crystal Cruises. 18 June 2012.
  6. ^ "Extreme Makeover: Crystal Symphony Dry Dock 2012 - Photos". Crystal Cruises. 30 April 2012. Retrieved 27 May 2013.

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