Crystal Symphony

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Crystal Symphony, Fremantle, 2018 (03).jpg
Crystal Symphony departing from Fremantle, Australia
NameCrystal Symphony
Port of registryNassau,  Bahamas
BuilderKværner Masa-Yards Turku New Shipyard, Finland
CostUS$250 million
Yard number1323
Launched5 January 1995
In service3 May 1995
StatusSold in Freeport, Bahamas for US$25 million
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 was a cruise ship owned and operated by Crystal Cruises before the line went out of business. She was built in 1995 at Kværner Masa-Yards Turku New Shipyard, Finland.[1] She was 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]


In January 2022, a warrant was issued for the arrest of the ship should she reenter US waters. The issue was unpaid fuel bills. The ship diverted to Bimini and made arrangements to shuttle its passengers back to the United States.[7] On 4 February 2022, both Crystal Symphony and her sister, Crystal Serenity were arrested while in Bahamian waters. The total amount owed for fuel was reported to be about 4.6 million dollars.[8]

In June 2022 she was sold at auction to CSY Ltd., reported to be a shell corporation for the actual buyer, for $25M USD.[9]

Since July 2022, the ship is undergoing refurbishments in Trieste, Italy.[10]


  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.
  7. ^ "Cruise diverted to Bahamas after arrest warrant issued for Crystal Symphony". WPLG. Retrieved 23 January 2022.
  8. ^ Walker, Jim (5 February 2022). "Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity Arrested in Freeport, Bahamas". Cruise Law News. Retrieved 6 February 2022.
  9. ^ Kalosh, Anne (15 June 2022). "Crystal Symphony, Serenity reported sold for $128m". Seatrade Cruise News. Retrieved 16 June 2022.
  10. ^ "Crystal Cruises".

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