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Trotamundos49
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 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
jkarp1
Member Since 2017
1 review
7 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
We took this cruise for our birthday celebration and to see Cuba. We upgraded to a suite, which was well worth the extra price. The cabin was very large and comfortable. The housekeeping staff was exceptional and a joy to have. The staff ... Read more
NoelW
Member Since 2017
1 review
6 helpful votes
We wanted a true Cuban Experience and Celestyal Cruises are the only ones we knew of to provide that as most other cruises simply visit Havana. However, Celestyal take you to Cuban Ports and enhance your experience in the country. ... Read more
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jaychi
Member Since 2017
1 review
8 helpful votes
Wow, I have much to say here. The experience was a mixed one, but I got what I wanted to get out of the trip. No one goes on a cruise to Cuba to be on a ship, so I will cover the excursions first. I am a US citizen, so my itinerary was ... Read more
Susquehanna303
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
4 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
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JMann404
Member Since 2013
1 review
4 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Wanted to see Cuba without a lot of hassle and long bus trips so chose a 7 day cruise which included 3 Cuban ports. (Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago) Some of the entrance channels are narrow and shallow which will prevent larger ships from ... Read more
greatsloer
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed March 2017
We chose this for a true Cuban experience before it all changes. Embarkation and Disembarkation was a breeze. The best in a long time. Don't go on this ship if you're expecting all the bells and whistles of a megaship. The ... Read more
darstamp@gmail.com
2 reviews
2 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
Our cruise was part of a package booked through Air Transat. We expected it to be a direct flight from Vancouver to Havana but instead we stopped at Santa Clara, got off the plane, and got back on to fly to Varadero. Then we were bussed ... Read more
rene.morley
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailing Celestyal is a great way to visit Cuba if you are eager to go now, especially if you’d like to explore beyond Havana. The “Authentic Cuba” program ensures you will meet conditions for U.S. cultural exchange. ... Read more
Claire M.
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
The embarkation was 6 hours late, the ship was waiting a few miles from Havana Port because there was no place for the ship in Port. I understood the problem and accepted it wasn't there fault, the think I had a problem with was a lack of ... Read more
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NasusHctak5
Member Since 2017
1 review
7 helpful votes
My friend and I chose this cruise after hearing glowing reviews from another mutual friend who went last year. He said this cruise was a "MUST!". It sounded interesting from his description so we decided to go for it. I'm so ... Read more
FunAtSea.USA
Member Since 2017
1 review
6 helpful votes
Great Cruise Office/Animators team! You won't be disappointed if you join Martha, Victor, and/or Mahelys for fun. Dynamite personalities, and they always give you the extra effort and big smiles. Nightly shows were excellent, and tied ... Read more
mibenco
Member Since 2007
7 reviews
7 forum posts
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
Arkansas cruisers
Member Since 2008
1 review
546 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We chose the Celestyal Crystal for our Cuba cruise due to their multiple Cuban ports, their experience and history offering People to People programs in this market, and the ease of flying into and staying in Montego Bay pre-cruise. There ... Read more
Wanderlost
Member Since 2010
4 reviews
191 forum posts
2 helpful votes
What can be said about a seven day cruise to Cuba which includes an overnight in Havana along with stops in Cienfuegos and Santiago? To simply say this was a great cruise would be an understatement which would not do justice to this ship, ... Read more
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cinderella33
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
I chose this ship as an easy way to visit large areas of Cuba on a US approved people to people program. The company really covered every aspect of Cuban culture from Cuban staff, Cuban professor on board, Cuban food specialties on the ... Read more
Staci0615
Member Since 2001
5 reviews
176 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
Being American it is a little harder to see Cuba(as we cannot go as pure tourists). Upon researching ways we discovered Celestyal and their People to People Program. Leaving out of Montego Bay Jamaica was effortless, we had a direct flight ... Read more
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
surfcitygirl
Member Since 2012
6 reviews
95 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
First of all, hats off to Danny the cruise director and the entire entertainment crew. Danny is very enthusiastic, full of energy, and speaks probably at least eight languages. He is an asset to the company. The Cuban musicians are ... 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
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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
mindabu
Member Since 2017
1 review
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
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