Crystal Symphony,
Palm Court

Restaurants & Bars

In the summer of 2012 the Crystal Symphony cruise ship went into dry dock and underwent a large internal refurbishment of several public areas during this period.  Refurbishment projects can create many challenges and particularly so on board cruise ships, where there is the added pressure of exceptionally short timescales.


Palm Court, which serves as a multi-functional space at the top of the ship for afternoon tea, parties, live music and general relaxation, was completely transformed.  dpa worked in close collaboration with Crystal Cruises and interior designers KNA to provide a lighting design that was sinuous with the new interiors.  A key feature of Palm Court is the excellent forward views out to sea, to ensure these views are not hindered and guests can relax, the lighting was kept very soft at the perimeter and other key elements were focussed on.  The first of these that you see upon entering the space are the palm trees, which are subtly uplit at the base, with the domed skylights above also uplit providing a gentle glow to the informal seating areas.  The fantastic new bar is lit with integrated LED sources in the footrest and to the underside of the counter, which reveals the textured mosaic surface of the bar front and creates a shimmering effect as guests circulate.  The most striking features are the integrally illuminated oversized urns, which flank the entrance to the dance floor area. The dance floor itself is covered by a large silver leaf domed ceiling, containing a feature illuminated ‘branch’ with integral LEDs to highlight each corolla, providing a wonderful centre-piece for the space.

Through the use of an architectural lighting control system, lighting scenes were set to provide an appropriate atmosphere for each varying use of the space.

Detailed coordination was carried out with Crystal Cruises, KNA and contractors Sea Level Marine over a year in advance to ensure that the complete refurbishment, including strip out, was completed in just two weeks.