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MV Crystal Symphony – Past and Present

MV Crystal Symphony

Crystal Symphony – © Aleksi Lindström

Steel twin-screw motor vessel built in 1994 by Kvaerner Masa-Yards, Finland (Yard No. 1323) for Crystal Cruises, Los Angeles, United States as a Passenger (Cruise) Vessel 

Technical Data

  • Original Cost: $300 million
  • Length on deck: 237.10m (777.8 ft) overall
  • Breadth of hull: 30.20m (98.0 ft) extreme
  • Draught: 7.60m (24.9 ft) maximum
  • Tonnage: 51,044 gross/20,201 net/4,500 deadweight
  • Engines: Six Sulzer 9ZAL40S diesels
  • Propulsion/Propellers: diesel-electric (33,880kW)/2
  • Speed: 22 knots
  • Capacity: 1010 passengers
  • Passenger decks: 8
  • Crew: 545
  • Navigation Officers: Scandinavian
  • Call Sign: C6MY5
  • MMSI Number: 309168000
  • IMO Number: 9066667
  • Registry: Bahamas

Location Data

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The CRYSTAL SYMPHONY was ordered as a follow-on consort to the similar-sized CRYSTAL HARMONY, capitalising on the success of the earlier vessel.

January 5th 1995: Launched.

April 18th 1995: Delivered to Crystal Cruises, Los Angeles, United States, a wholly owned division of Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK), Japan.

May 3rd 1995: Officially named in New York.

May 4th 1995: Entered service in the United States cruise market with her first cruise from New York to San Francisco. Typical among other long-distance cruises made by this vessel are Singapore to Sydney via Bali, Fremantle, Perth and Adelaide, and San Francisco to Sydney via Hawaii, Western Samoa, Fiji and Noumea.

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January 2nd 2002: “Re-emerged from 10-day dry-dock refurbishment at Lisnave Drydock in Lisbon, Portugal. The refit was overseen by ship architect Robert Tillberg and his Tillberg Design U.S. office in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and began in late November, 2001. In addition to new carpet and soft furnishing, the ship received restaurant remodelling; new steam room and sauna facilities; re-grouted bathrooms and newly painted verandas; the sanding and varnishing of all dance floors and stages; installation of new teak decking and refinishing of all marble surfaces.”

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All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: © Aleksi Lindström for his assistance in producing this feature.

Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)

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