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Editor's Note: Following a refurbishment in late 2015, 43 new balconies were installed onboard Celestyal Crystal. Celestyal Crystal has had a colorful life: It started off as a passenger ferry in 1980 ...
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Entos
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We wanted to sail the Aegean and visit Istanbul and Ephesus, and this was the perfect cruise. We sailed from Lavrion, which is about a half-hour from Athens Airport. It's far-less crowded than Piraeus, and our embarkation was fast, easy ... Read more
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Hol the Viking
Member Since 2014
1 review
16 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Did deceide for this cruise because of the destinations (Greek Islands Mykonos, Santorin, Simi, Chios, Crete, Istanbul and Kusadasi - Ephesus). Did know that the ship was a bit outdated and could coop with that. - Cabin was ok, but ... Read more
roaringrun
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
22 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
221 forum posts
13 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
BacarroP
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
38 helpful votes
My wife and I have been on more than 70 cruises and have lived/worked in or visited 108 countries around the world. We are Elite and Diamond Plus Members with several major ocean cruise lines. We have been on several river cruises and ... Read more

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cruiselover55555
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
0 forum posts
12 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
We booked this cruise in order to see Cuba - an economical and convenient to see 4 ports. The cities we visited were very interesting, especially Havana, and we were not disappointed in any way. The tours we booked from the ship were ... Read more
Steven12121
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
12 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
This tiny ship could be a small jewel---it is not. A sunken ferry, ra1sed and refurbished, the very small state rooms remain with the single beds joined into one. With no guard rails nor T-bar [to fit between the two mattress] the ... Read more
dndaley
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
11 helpful votes
Took this cruise to go to Cuba as part of the People2People program. The boat is very small compared to other cruise ships I've experienced. Not good for children...the empty the pool everyday...during deck activities (very intrusive ... Read more
padrek
Member Since 2009
30 reviews
66 forum posts
35 helpful votes
I read various cruise reviews and sometimes wonder how perceptions can be so different. Having made 250+ cruises over the past 50 years, and now in retirement spending 6 mo a year "at sea", I wonder how other passengers can get ... Read more
MishaG
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
19 helpful votes
This is one way to get to Cuba - which is still challenging for Americans. The People to People program and the on-board entertainment were very good. 1. The system for on boarding was VERY disorganized - and no one was there was ... Read more

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tring
Member Since 2010
8 reviews
1,124 forum post
10 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
We have previously cruised quite widely on ships of a similar size to this from a number of cruise lines (mostly Fred Olsen, Voyages of Discovery, Swan Hellenic and less recently, P&O). We always choose a cruise because of the ... Read more
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Traveler+
Member Since 2010
1 review
123 forum posts
11 helpful votes
I took this cruise as an opportunity to see Cuba without paying the high prices of P2P groups from the US. The trip met my expectations. The ship is small, older, and has its issues. The food was adequate at best. The entertainment was ... Read more
sierradave
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
12 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
Our cabin was #4000, the farthest forward on the port side. It has a window perhaps 5 square feet, deeply recessed in the wall. (You can actually crawl up in there to get a wide view.) Other reviews have done a good job on the ship, ... Read more
toetap
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
12 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
There are pros and cons to this cruise and line Pros: People to People lecturers from Univ of Havana onboard ship were very informative Troupe of 12 entertainers were all high quality, as were were their nightly shows Cruise ... Read more
bdh5389@hotmail.com
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
0 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
Considering the negative reviews I read on this ship, especially for Greece, I was concerned about taking this cruise at all. But my brother talked us into it & I am so glad! It was an excellent way to see parts of Cuba without ... Read more

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travelersRus2
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
0 forum posts
25 helpful votes
First of all, I am very happy to have taken this cruise to see Cuba. We took part in the People to People Program which gives Americans the ability to travel to Cuba under the humanitarian exemption. The stops in the 3 city ports were ... Read more
Funblonde50
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
We had cruised this same cruise last year only we boarded in Jamaica. This year we boarded in Havana. The difference is if you book with Air Transat you loose the first night in Havana as you arrive quite late in the evening. We had a ... Read more
hlmacd
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Most aspects to our experience on board were positive. The cabin was kept very clean and the service was beyond complaint. The entertainment was generally good, with the Cuban band, dance troupe, and singers always well rehearsed for ... Read more
Seaingthworld
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
We joined Celestyal Crystal in Montego, Jamaica and she appeared smart and freshly painted on first impression. We were not disappointed once onboard as despite her age Crystal was very well maintained. Our cabin was one of the new ... Read more
havetimewillcruise
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
16 helpful votes
My wife and I traveled with another couple on several occasions in the past. Over dinner we discussed possible destinations. Cuba was the winner, we all wished to visit Cuba before it became too “Americanized.” After ... Read more

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cincytravelers
Member Since 2005
2 reviews
152 forum posts
12 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
We've read quite a few poor reviews of the cruise ship. Most previous guests reported that they loved the itinerary and really disliked the ship. We went in with lowered expectations and were therefore pleasantly surprised. We booked ... Read more
LDEE
Member Since 2009
7 reviews
4 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
As Americans we took advantage of the People to People (P2P) program (linked easily to the cuba cruise web site) and traveled aboard the Crystal to Cuba. As others can attest to in the reviews, this is not your ordinary cruise to the ... Read more
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jjacks
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
We were pleasantly surprised. Had read a few "not so good reviews" before leaving. Turned out to be a very enjoyable experience. Overall the ship is kept in top condition. Very clean, with really friendly, competent staff ... Read more
dataminn
Member Since 2009
6 reviews
22 forum posts
19 helpful votes
Note: This review will be written from the viewpoint of an American traveller. I note this due to the unique situation of Americans travelling in Cuba. First a little background, my wife and I are very experienced cruisers. We have ... Read more
Iowaman1959
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We are first time cruisers so read with appropriate caution. I thought this was a great way to see Cuba. We sailed on January 1st. from Montego Bay with a "People to People" educational program. The ship and food were deemed ... Read more

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