Crystal Symphony sets sail on inaugural voyage from Athens, Greece

Crystal Symphony sets sail on inaugural voyage from Athens, Greece


Crystal Symphony set sail from Athens, Greece, for an inaugural voyage on 1 September 2023

Crystal Symphony has re-entered service following an extensive refurbishment by new owners Abercrombie & Kent Travel Group. The ship departed from Athens in Greece for Istanbul in Turkey on 1 September 2023. 

“We are so proud that Crystal Symphony has officially joined Crystal Serenity back in the water, signalling an exciting new chapter for Crystal (formerly known as Crystal Cruises) – two ships refurbished and back in service in under a year is completely unprecedented,” said Cristina Levis, CEO of Abercrombie & Kent Travel Group. “The ship’s exceptional enhancements reflect our unwavering commitment to providing guests with inspiration and enrichment as they sail to the globe’s most coveted destinations.” 

Crystal Symphony accommodates 606 guests and boasts nearly one staff member per guest, as well as 84.2 cubic feet for every guest, thanks to larger suites (revamped in collaboration with cruise ship architectural firm, GEM) and spacious public spaces. The ship also has 10 dining options, including a 24-hour in-suite dining service, as well as a full-sized paddle tennis and pickleball court, a revamped fitness centre, and Crystal’s new spa concept, Aurōra

For the remainder of 2023, Crystal Symphony will sail throughout Oceania visiting Sydney in Australia, Auckland in New Zealand, and the islands of Papua New Guinea and Bali. 

Crystal plans to expand its fleet with the four new ships in the next six years. 


By Laura Hyde
04 September 2023