Balconizing CRYSTAL

Celestyal Cruises adds balconies and makes other enhancements to CELESTYAL CRYSTAL and her sisters at Piraeus.

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CELESTYAL CRYSTAL balcony. Courtesy of Celestyal Cruises.

Celestyal Cruises has completed a 20-day refit of its MV CELESTYAL CRYSTAL that saw the addition of 43 new balconies (26 on Deck 6 and 17 on Deck 7), along with the extension of 8 existing balconies.

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CELESTYAL CRYSTAL Balcony Suite. Courtesy of Celestyal Cruises.

The work was completed in Piraeus along with other hotel upgrades and technical maintenance. Following the refurbishment, CELESTYAL CRYSTAL (ex VIKING SAGA, LEEWARD, LOUIS CRISTAL, etc.) now has 43 balcony junior suites, eight balcony suites and two imperial balcony suites.  In total, 53 of her suites now have balconies. Each balcony extends 1.4 meters from the ship’s bulkhead and the length of each is between 2.8 meters and 5.8 meters.

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CELESTYAL CRYSTAL’s new look with balconies. Photo courtesy of Celestyal Cruises.

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LOUIS CRISTAL before her transformation to CELESTYAL CRYSTAL and the addition of new balconies. Photo and copyright Peter Knego 2014.

“These balconies are part of an extensive refurbishment program to continually elevate the quality of our brand and to ensure we are delivering a positive passenger experience on all of our vessels,” said Kyriakos Anastassiadis, CEO of Celestyal Cruises. “We hired expert Greek shipbuilders here in Piraeus to complete the necessary work on Celestyal Crystal, and the level of craftsmanship is further proof of the quality of maritime construction available in our country. We are tremendously pleased with the results.”

Refurbishment of other Celestyal Cruises vessels is ongoing, including 21 junior suites, nine suites and the remaining 227 outside cabins on CELESTYAL OLYMPIA (ex SONG OF AMERICA, etc.), as well as a number of upgrades on her public areas. All the cabins and the public spaces on CELESTYAL NEFELI (ex CROWN JEWEL, etc.) will be also redecorated.

“The current work being undertaken in Piraeus marks the commencement of the second phase of our investment program,” said Pythagoras Nagos, Vice President of Sales for Celestyal Cruises. “We are committed to the continuous upgrade of the Celestyal fleet and quite excited about the improved décor and comfort we will be able to provide to our cruisers going forward.”

Peter Knego

Peter Knego

Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea.  With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications.  Knego also runs the www.midshipcentury.com website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India.  He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."
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