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  • Short, reasonably priced, port-intensive itineraries
  • Sails the Greek Isles, Cyprus, the Mediterranean and the Dalmatian coast
  • Operates one ship for round-Cuba itineraries
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54 Celestyal Cruises Cuba Cruise Reviews
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Mel
Member Since 2000
1 review
190 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We were pleasantly surprised about how good the food was on board, and how lovely the staff were, both in the dining room and the cabin stewards. We went on this cruise because we had never been to Cuba and we both love cruising so ... Read more
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Bluebell247
Member Since 2017
1 review
8 forum posts
4 helpful votes
U.K. Couple boarded in Havana on Monday 22nd May We arrived in Havana at Jose Marti airport on Monday afternoon and transferred straight to the cruise terminal. The embarkation procedure was easy and straightforward, we dropped our ... Read more
Trotamundos49
Member Since 2017
1 review
8 helpful votes
This objective-chronological perspective of Cuba is provided by Dr.Jorge Gonzalez Arocha, PhD , Havana University. Professor Arocha covered all important ports of call providing historical, cultural and architectural information in a ... Read more
Susquehanna303
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
5 helpful votes
Picked this cruise as it is the only itinerary that circles Cuba and makes 3 major port stops: Santiago, two full days and overnight in Havana, and Cienfuego. Originally, the itinerary included Maria Gouda but that was replaced with stop ... Read more
mibenco
Member Since 2007
7 reviews
7 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Going to Cuba has been a life-long dream of mine, which I realized this past February onboard Celestyal Crystal. I did lots of research on here which helped with my decision. I hope my long review helps some of you! This was my 30th ... Read more
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joedex
Member Since 2017
1 review
14 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
Let me start by saying I am not a frequent cruiser. So my review is not a comparison to other cruise ships. Our objective was to see Cuba in different ports above and beyond just Havana with the convenience of having our accommodations ... Read more
kconrad2k
Member Since 2017
1 review
My husband and I jumped at a last minute opportunity to join George Mason University’s week-long cultural cruise around Cuba in January. We joined approximately 500 other passengers who boarded the Celestyal Crystal in Montego Bay, ... Read more
Delta Dara
Member Since 2017
1 review
9 helpful votes
There was a group of 18 of us from the US who wanted to see Cuba before it changes too much. I can remember when I was a little girl and Castro took over. For half a century, we couldn't go to Cuba and it was very isolated. Now it's ... Read more
smoothersailing
Member Since 2009
1 review
3 forum posts
8 helpful votes
We chose this trip for the experience of cruising around Cuba, enjoying days at sea and admiring the coastline. On arrival in Montego Bay, men started grabbing bags as they were off loaded from the bus before we could get off. The company ... Read more
catawbaisland
Member Since 2017
1 review
18 helpful votes
I was the Group Leader for 18 USA passengers on a People to People tour to Cuba in early January 2017. Most were between 60 and 75 years old. We selected cruising, in part to avoid long, cramped bus rides which would otherwise be needed ... Read more
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mindabu
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 forum post
4 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
We chose this cruise because it offered us Americans the chance to see Cuba. We departed from Montego Bay, Jamaica and because we had been to Jamaica before and didn't care for it we didn't do any exploring. The check-in process to ... Read more
Emmert
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
We chose this cruise line because we are Americans wanting to visit Cuba and at the time this was our best choice. Ship is old, windows were dirty, crew not helpful and unfriendly. Most unfriendly crew we have had in a dozen cruises. I ... Read more
princesa_carolina
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
We choose the cruise because it was essentially the only way we could see Cuba in a family group. That said, we got to see much less of Cuba and much more of the cruise than we hoped. This was through no fault of the cruise however. We ... Read more
kimhay
Member Since 2017
1 review
7 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
I choose this particular cruise to see some of Cuba, which was a most fascinating, educational, and interesting country. I would certainly return to see more. But - and I have to mention this way - the absolute unexpected delight of my ... Read more
Sparra77
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
We had planned this cruise for 10 months prior as a Christmas trip with 6 of our good friends and stayed two days in Montego Bay, Jamaica before embarking at the Port there. I had never been on a cruise before and I have to say my ... Read more
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Papa O
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
44 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
After reading so many negative things about this cruise, we were constantly surprised by the quality of the trip. The size of the ship was perfect for such an important destination. We chose this cruise because of the number of ports ... Read more
mrsweber1
Member Since 2009
1 review
1 forum post
15 helpful votes
We chose this cruise last minute because the cruise we had booked to Cuba was cancelled. We originally discounted this cruise line because of the negative reviews, but then I remembered that dissatisfied customers usually post more often ... Read more
happyhelen
Member Since 2009
1 review
97 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
We just returned from Cuba. The reviews of the ship were "iffy" Not true, the ship was great. Very clean, our cabin was fine. The shower was very, very small. Our air was just o.k.. Mohammed in the dining room was amazing. He ... Read more
T-D-S
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 helpful votes
We didn't fancy traveling over land to reach Cienfuegos & Santiago, cruising seemed to be the best way to travel. We didn't expect or want luxury so we weren't disappointed by this cruise. It was well organised with friendly crew ... Read more
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dorizee2
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
We chose this ship for the ports that it offered and the programs with it, and loved every minute of it. But if you are expecting a luxury cruise line, this is not for you. We were on the second floor . The room was vey small but quiet. ... Read more
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zak477
Member Since 2012
21 reviews
6 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
I found this company about 6 months ago while looking for companies that offer tours of Cuba. At that time we USA citizens still had limited access to Cuba and the tour companies offering tours usually charge $1000 per day for land tours. ... Read more
GScritics
Member Since 2016
1 review
13 helpful votes
Basically: Cuba has only moderately good roads; passable Chinese buses and long roads and distances. This is why it is fantastic to travel to Cuba by ship. You drive especially in the night and you have time in the day for sightseeing. ... Read more
nansi
Member Since 2000
1 review
367 forum posts
13 helpful votes
The first part of this was posted on the message boards. I've added many more details here (scroll down to "more observations") Well unfortunately for us, Fidel died the night before we arrived in Cuba, which totally altered ... Read more
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roaringrun
Member Since 2016
1 review
80 helpful votes
Cuba badly needs American tourists in order to finance rebuilding of it's infrastructure, but in the short term this means that the first waves will struggle to find housing and food that meets expectations. You can pay a lot for the few ... Read more
bluebirt
Member Since 2009
1 review
251 forum posts
33 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
I just returned from a very educational cruise to Cuba. I had read previous reviews and was a little hesitant about Celestyal Crystal. I was pleasantly surprised. The ship is very clean and the staff are extremely friendly! The ... Read more
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