When Crystal Cruises first started in 1990, it launched with a single vessel, the beautiful Crystal Harmony. It wasn’t until 1995 that the luxury line first expanded with a second ship, the Crystal Symphony, which just now happens to be the oldest ocean vessel in the fleet. As we currently sail on a California Coastal itinerary aboard the classic ship, we thought we’d take a look at just where the vessel fits into the line’s rapidly expanding portfolio of luxury travel products.
To be sure, the Crystal Symphony is not the oldest vessel in the overall fleet. The latest Crystal River Cruises brand launched with the vastly remodeled Crystal Mozart, which originally launched in 1987, but that riverboat was dramatically overhauled to the point of appearing like a brand new ship. The Symphony, on the other hand, is honestly looking a bit dated. Sure it has been continuously refurbished, with $20 million last spent in 2014, but she does not look quite as modern as the Crystal Serenity, which first came online in 2003 and was more substantially redesigned in 2013 to the tune of $52 million.
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