Princess Cruises, Crystal Cruises To Refurbish Ships

With the introduction of a new generation of cruise ships by the world’s major cruise lines in recent years, operators of older vessels have had to refurbish their ships to maintain their appeal to cruisers. Princess Cruises’ Grand Princess is scheduled for a drydock makeover in April 2011, while award-winning Crystal Cruises has announced that its largest ship, the Crystal Serenity, will be enhanced in May 2011.


Grand Princess To Undergo Dramatic Transformation To Boost Performance

Launched in 1998, the 2,600-guest Grand Princess will see some major changes when she enters drydock in the Bahamas later this year. The most distinct change will be the removal of her iconic Skywalkers Nightclub that has come to define the profile of Princess Cruises’ ships to reduce weight and boost the operational performance of the vessel, while some features introduced with later ships will be added. 


Replacing Skywalkers is a new lounge inspired by chic urban nightclubs called One5, which will be located at the top deck of the ship and will offer a cool vibe, contemporary seating and a back-lit bar. Specialty restaurants Crown Grill and Alfredo’s Pizzeria will present more dining choices for guests onboard the refurbished ship, with tea lovers having the opportunity to create a personalized blend at the Leaves Tea Lounge and Library. Other highlights include a completely rebuilt Piazza atrium, 10 new suites, a remodeled casino, boutiques and art gallery, enhanced Horizon Court, Lotus Spa and wedding chapel, as well as the addition of the Crooner’s Martini Lounge.


The revitalized Grand Princess will make her debut on 5 May 2011 in Fort Lauderdale, where she will depart on a transatlantic crossing to Southampton. The ship will spend summer and fall cruising several European and Mediterranean itineraries from the UK before returning to Fort Lauderdale in November 2011 for her winter season in the Caribbean.


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Multi-Million Dollar Overhaul For Crystal Serenity

The ultra-luxury line Crystal Cruises is investing heavily on keeping the 1,070-guest Crystal Serenity on the leading edge of luxury style, with a redesign focusing on her accommodations and recreational areas. 400 expert technicians will bring the interior design of Toronto-based II BY IV Design Associates to life during the ship’s drydock refurbishment in Hamburg.


All 531 Deluxe Staterooms, Penthouses and Penthouse Suites will receive a makeover with modern lighting features, new floor-to-ceiling tufted headboards, furniture, draperies, custom carpeting in contemporary lines and classic stone, silk, velvet, leather and crisp linen textures, while an electronic “do-not-disturb” and doorbell system offers greater privacy. The new look continues in the ship’s public areas, where the corridors will be transformed with new carpets, mood lighting and inspiring artwork.


On her recreation facilities, Crystal Serenity’s Seahorse Pool deck will be refashioned with circular pod beds, plush sofas and lounge chairs in lime green, azure and mango colours. Below deck, her retail shops will receive a sophisticated renovation, with The Facets fine jewelry store mirroring a jewelry box incorporating a mother-of-pearl feature wall and The Apropos boutique showcasing a flagship Christian Dior cosmetic/skincare area amongst rich Zebrano wood and herringbone rosewood, black-plum-magenta carpeting and tufted leather seats.


When she emerges from her drydock in late May 2011, the ship will embark on a series of Baltic, North Cape and British Isle cruises. Crystal Serenity then heads for the Mediterranean in late summer to operate voyages through fall 2011.


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