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I was really looking forward for this vacation, but it became terrible after booking this cruise. The ship was small, old and there was really nothing to do onboard. They didn’t even have the pools available to swim. I have been in ... Read More
I was really looking forward for this vacation, but it became terrible after booking this cruise. The ship was small, old and there was really nothing to do onboard. They didn’t even have the pools available to swim. I have been in different cruises before and I figured it was alright since the port destinations would make up for it. I was wrong, the excursions available were very unorganized. Staff was rude and unfriendly. There was no planned activities. Staff was not knowledgeable on instructions. They would announce meeting points at a certain time and they would be late. Food was terrible. Not much to do in she ship. I was traveling with 7 family members and we all felt the same way. I tried expressing my concerns to the cruise staff, but it was a waste of time. They simply didn't care. Never traveling in this cruise line again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We chose this cruise because I had never visited the Greek islands. We only had 3-4 days to spare, so I chose the Iconic Aegean cruise. I've seen some negative reviews of Celestyal Olympia, but we had a great time. The food was ... Read More
We chose this cruise because I had never visited the Greek islands. We only had 3-4 days to spare, so I chose the Iconic Aegean cruise. I've seen some negative reviews of Celestyal Olympia, but we had a great time. The food was good, the service was excellent, and the staff were pleasant, attentive and efficient. We chose a suite and we had ample space. The bed was comfortable and the AC functioned perfectly. We experienced some difficulty with the toilet and the maintenance crew came immediately, worked hard and remained until they had fixed the problem, which turned out to be a stuck air valve. The after dinner shows were a bit cheesy and Celestyal could do a little better in terms of the calibre of their artistes, but the days were so packed with activities that it didn't matter. All in all it was a wonderful cruise. Everything worked on the boat and it was clean, modern and well outfitted. There was no musty odour or unpleasant smell. Boarding and disembarkation was smooth and our luggage came off and on the boat with no problems. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We chose this trip by chance, and I had the most wonderful 3.5 days in the cruise. Before the trip begins I know there will be little time on the islands and Athens, but this was what I've chosen and approved before payment. ... Read More
We chose this trip by chance, and I had the most wonderful 3.5 days in the cruise. Before the trip begins I know there will be little time on the islands and Athens, but this was what I've chosen and approved before payment. Everything was just perfect. We've stayed in juniour suite, which was quite big room for a cruise, everything was clean, and whenever we stop at the islands and come back, we found our room cleaned just perfectly. Dining was much better than I've expected, service was very rapid and kind in the restaurants. All the staff was friendly, kind and with smiling faces.Night shows were excellent, and luckily among 1600 people, around 700 of them from World Cruise Party and it was very entartaining to watch them partying around the pool. Pool was very small but who wants to swim in a pool when you are in endless seas!.. I adored our ship, the rescue boats hanging near the sides make the ship a bit nostalgic and cute. You may take your time while crusing, in your cabin to rest, in different lounges to listen to music or drink something, eating, sunbathing at the pool side, gambling in casino, walking at the deck, watching the waves from the deck and etc. In Patmos, Santorini and Mykonos boats got us from the ship to the ports which was very fun since to watch our ship from a boat was very exciting. Our turkish guide was excellent. I'll remember this cruise with very lovely memories. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
The rapport price/benefits was very good. Very good organization, all the personal very kind. The islands to stop were good chooses. The food was very good, the same the entertainment. The fact that it was all-inclusive (also the ... Read More
The rapport price/benefits was very good. Very good organization, all the personal very kind. The islands to stop were good chooses. The food was very good, the same the entertainment. The fact that it was all-inclusive (also the alcoholic beverages) was a good point. The shore excursions were overrated, to expensive, but if you don't want to have an excursion, you have what to do by your self at the shore destinations. The breakfast could be more variate. The cabin that we had was nice, great enough for two persons, with all that you need in it: safe-box, bathroom, hair-dryer, TV. The cleanliness in the cabin was very good, sometimes in the public areas was not the same, but overall it was OK. A la cart restaurant was nice, the service prompt and the food very good and variate. Embarkation and disembarkation go very smoothly, even when it was by tender-boats. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
AUGUST 2017 MY CELESTYAL OLYMPIA REVIEW : Returning from another incredible experience with Celestyal ! I had originally booked the 7 night itinerary of the Nefeli, but the ship was then exclusively dedicated to the Turkish market ... Read More
AUGUST 2017 MY CELESTYAL OLYMPIA REVIEW : Returning from another incredible experience with Celestyal ! I had originally booked the 7 night itinerary of the Nefeli, but the ship was then exclusively dedicated to the Turkish market for August and so we made the two combined 3 and 4 nights itineraries of the Olympia, in this month of August. Someone would say they are identical (with the addition of Rhodes for the longest cruise) : true but in these islands there are so many things to do and see, and the stops in port necessarily short, that doing twice these ports not only is pleasant but even advisable if you want to know a little more in deep the islands. Then… lets say the truth, staying 7 nights on the Olympia is just pure pleasure! About the ship... what to say? It was the Song of America of the Royal Caribbean, a revolutionary ship for the time when it was built and always had , under the RCCL flag, the maximum rates of guest’s satisfaction . I would say what I already said here once : these were the times when ships were built by the shipping companies for the pleasure of the passengers, today it’s very different, and there would be a lot to say, but this is another story. Coming back to us... great spaces, ample walking promenades with real teakwood decks , an unthinkable luxury today on modern ships. Many external staircases, even these very large to pass easily from one deck to another always enjoying the surrounding sea and islands, a characteristic now almost disappeared. Interior design... like a true liner , the ship’s experts knows what I mean. Elegant, incredibly spacious and chic . Maybe I belong to another era, but I find this design infinitely more elegant than the one of the standard modern ships that in my opinion is too... american style. In a word , too "glitzy” ! So... what I can say about “my” Olympia experience ? In my life I have done almost 100 cruises in the span of 60 years . Yes, because I made my first one in 1957, aged five years. I liked cruising and crossing seas so much that it become my job ( owning an agency specialized both in cruises and cruises for groups ) : I write this simply to say to those who read my review that my judgement, having been a professional in this sector is less subjective, probably perhaps more objective tha n it would the one of a regular passenger. Well, I can say that Celestyal, from the time of Louis cruises, has come a long way ! Before to make any assessment: the category of the ship. Celestyal is in the standard cruise segment. To clarify : for example, the type of catering of Celestyal, which I judge absolutely positive if not great for a ship of the standard segment , would certainly not receive the same judgement if the same was offered on a luxury ship. It seems obvious but it is not so, sometimes many expect services that it is absurd to expect for a certain category, so the next judgement is appropriate to the category of the ship ( but remember that MOST cruise lines belongs to this group ). About the ship I already spoke and the 2 cruises I was on were totally fully booked, so I can say that, at full capacity, I have never, but really never had the feeling of crowding and this means that the project of the ship was very good. Ah... another important thing: the maintenance of the ship is so great ! She is now 35 years old and she really does not show her age, except for her design, of course. No rust marks, everything is fully functional, outside and inside. The restyling of the cabins and in general of her interiors, made in the last 2 years, have updated the ship in a modern and elegant way . And that “Thalassa” bar up at the top of the Zeus Bridge (Greek Trattoria Style) is so amazing to enjoy departures and arrivals !!! The cabins : in the times when the ship was built the idea was that the passenger only needed the cabin just to shower , changing clothes and sleep a few hours so the space was limited. Today this concept evolved and cabins have become more spacious ( many love to consider their cabin as a sort of they home at sea ) but, anyway, the needs vary, depending on cruise styles, sea days, duration of cruise etc. . I can say that the Olympia’s standard rooms are rather compact but very well furnished on the shades of light blue and with modern new bathrooms and therefore perfectly suitable for cruises lasting 3 and 4 days. I had a junior suite on deck 7: simply beautiful !!! Ample as I like it , comfortable, with two large windows overlooking the promenade , big closets and drawers, a nice living area and a spacious bathroom. Another positive is the location : few meters and you are right on the promenade, that means continuous and immediate contact with the sea and the islands where the ship sails. I also saw the suites with balcony : just gorgeous , spacious and very well decorated with fresh and bright colors ! And with very deep balconies. Nothing to envy to ships of the award winnig companies. And now we come to the... software: and here, again, I was positively impressed. This year the all inclusive system has been introduced for the first time and my fear, indeed my fears, were two : firstly the quality ' of the drinks. In many all inclusive hotels , even quite expensive, I found the drinks quality rather poor and the service too slow while here the service was prompt and the quality of drinks absolutely good , they even offered alcoholic and non alcoholic cocktails : a cheer to the bar crew, friendly and efficient ! And how much effort they did always with a smile all the time ! Just good ! Bravo ! Same for dining. It is buffet everywhere , both in the restaurant and at the self service: wide choice, fresh food , wella presented but, above all, tasty ! And this, believe me, it's not obvious. Douglas Ward, the author of the cruise guide Berlitz, the "gospel" of the cruises, often laments that the "banquet catering" of the standard cruise ships offer foods with a bland, unsavory taste. Not here at all !!! The food is good and fresh but , above all, it has a Greek imprint, absolutely amazing for a ship sailing in the Aegean . Positive, positive, positive! Ok, I admit , I enjoyed the special attention of the the just exceptional Maitre D' Mr Sozos Sorros but, believe me, it was really outstanding in his job ( many luxury vessel’s Maitre D’s would have so much to learn from him ! ), well , I can say that even in the restaurants of the Cunard’s Grill class (and experts knows what I’m speaking about ) I wasn’t treated at this level of service ( I speak of course about service , not food that was always very good but don’t expect the impossibile : filet a’ la Wellington or caviar ,Cunard is in the luxury market ! ). A small detail, just for those interested in suites : guests occupying suites also have priority in the restaurant for the table request , for example a table for two or for a quieter area. Dining quietly on holiday is important, here's another reason for me to prefer a suite : if your budget allows go for a suite, you’ll not be disappointed, it’s well worth it ! Ah... I forgot: here there are no restaurant sittings , everyone eats when he wants during opening hours ( another feature typical of premium and luxury ships ). Even the afternoon tea is served here and you’ll find scones with dotted cream and strawberry jam in the purest tradition of the British afternoon tea : another positive point. And, always talking about positive things that are no longer commonly found, at least on standard ships, are barbecues and themed open-air buffets on decks , another fine maritime tradition nearly disappeared but not on Celestyal’s ships. Another important positive point: the absolute efficiency in the landings with tender boats: the greeks of Celestyal would have so much to teach the americans ! Super organized and super efficient , for me the best in the world! Drawbacks ? Sincerely, for the category of the ship, very few . Personally, staying in a suite, I find that this is probably the only company that still does not offer benefits like the others do, for example, priority tickets for tender operations or free breakfast in the cabin, all important things for a more demanding clientele who, obviously paying more, expects certain premium services . But these are details who don't affect the overall impression of quality. Shows: Funny ! And quite original ! I was so amused seeing their shows that I was happier here than assisting to the grand “musicals” of the american ships which, in the end, seems to me all similars and indeed linked to the anglo-aaxon tradition. In the Greek islands I like to "feel" and experience the great tradition of the Greek culture, not the anglo-saxon one ! Besides, I forgot... Greek music, a lot , pleasant to hear , everywhere , so enjoyable : this is the beauty of travelling with a Greek company like Celestyal ! About the ports of call I don't speak, too much has already been said and written. And then , everyone has his tastes and preferences on things to do and see ashore . I would only say that time ashore is never enough so doing the same cruise twice is a real treat ! Possibily as I do every year. That's why, for the next year, I will book the new, beautiful 7 nights cruise of the ( yachtlike ) Celestyal Crystal: long hours ashore to enjoy the islands and, especially, 2 entire days and one night to "get lost" , is just the case to say, in the unique Santorini. And a full day and an entire night to spend in Mykonos too ! Summarizing... a very positive experience I can suggest to experience to everyone ! And BRAVO to Celestyal Cruises , with capital letters ! Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Our recent cruise aboard Celestyal Olympia was really amazing, from the first day we boarded did we feel like we where part of a family. They really go above and beyond to please you as a guest. The food was mostly Greek but amazingly ... Read More
Our recent cruise aboard Celestyal Olympia was really amazing, from the first day we boarded did we feel like we where part of a family. They really go above and beyond to please you as a guest. The food was mostly Greek but amazingly great and tasty, we also ordered the grilld lobster in the main restaurant. Cruising with Celestyal Cruises brought us to two ports each day but that was not a problem for us. You have the feeling to have a seaday and portday in one. The cost of the drinks in the bars was also great and what we got was great and lots to chose from. We stayed in Grand Suite 9001 and was spacious and newly revitalised. Our cruise in two words: great and amazing. The entertainment was Greek inspirated and was nice to see some of the local dances. We sailed with our 14 months old girl and she also enjoyed her selfs and was loved by all the staff, she even walked with one of the officers on the hand. Really great to see. Our embarkation was amazing with a greating of 4 of the senior officers at the gangway. Disembarkation was even smooth with also a farewell from five members of the crew. Hospitality is a keyword of Celestyal Cruises and you can take this in the biggest sence of that word. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
First of all, I want to tell you that, after booking our cruise, I have read some bad reviews about this cruise. People unhappy with ship , with food, etc. I went there expecting some bad experiences to happen. But, when I got there, ... Read More
First of all, I want to tell you that, after booking our cruise, I have read some bad reviews about this cruise. People unhappy with ship , with food, etc. I went there expecting some bad experiences to happen. But, when I got there, everything changed. I CAN ASSURE YOU that the cabin was very clean, the food was excellent and the crew was very friendly! This is my second cruise, after MSC, wich was also very nice one. Everything was well organised, people were smiling very friendly, food changed daily, fresh and tasty, drinks are REAL (not some cheap replacement) - we had Blue package. Entertainment on ship was good, with fair choices - dance, sport, activities, and in the evening - there was a dance/singing show. Karaoke, casino, shops, spa - a lot of options for everybody. Choice of ports was very good - that`s the reason we choose this cruise - Mykonos, Patmos, Kusadasi, Crete and Santorini. Good system of disembarkation, pretty decent time on each island, even that we thought that it will be not enough. We traveled alone, no kids this time, and honestly, was an AMAZING experience. We even thought what we didn't like, and we couldn`t find anything! Definitely recommended! Love to board again! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We read reviews before embarking on our trip so we knew to keep our expectations in check. Here is what I found to be true- It is indeed a 30 year old ship. If you are used to cruising on the newer beautiful Caribbean cruises (as I was) ... Read More
We read reviews before embarking on our trip so we knew to keep our expectations in check. Here is what I found to be true- It is indeed a 30 year old ship. If you are used to cruising on the newer beautiful Caribbean cruises (as I was) keep in mind this ship was not like that at all. Passport- you surrender you passport when you board. It was nerve wracking for us to do that. It made us worry about going to all these ports in Greece and one in Turkey and being with out it, but really it was fine. Getting it back the night before departure was not a problem. Safe- There is a safe in the room that you can pay per day to use. (We didn’t do this seeing as we didn’t have our passports we didn’t have much to put in a safe) Greek night- This is a designated night were you can where blue and white and they had a “greek show”- they should do more with this it could be really fun. Elegant night- same as all the formal night recommendations on other cruises however I found people to be dressed less formal than normal. October travel- weather was fine but it was windy. Sea was a little rough. Specifically our first port- we were unable to dock because of the waves, so we never saw Mykonos. I say we never even SAW it because it was dark upon arrival. We got hit with the time change the day before we boarded meaning an hour less of daylight in the evening everywhere we went. A problem since 3 of the ports were evening ports. Meaning about 45 mins of daylight on these islands we went to. Enough time to get off the boat (one we had to tender) and snap some pictures and then it started getting dark. If you can look into time daylight savings time if you want to travel around those times of year. Our stateroom cabin- we had an exterior with a window. It was depressing. The colors, the size, the random marks on the wall, the bathroom, the condition of the furniture and beds, it was anything but comfortable. It felt so dirty and honestly it was far worse than any interior room I’ve had on a prior cruise. On top of that it was 2 twin beds in an “L” shape, no moving the beds so no cuddling on our romantic honeymoon… did I not mention it was our honeymoon? Yea not ideal. So after checking with the customer service desk (I found them to be fine. Helpful but not overly friendly) I found out if we wanted a bed big enough for 2 people we would have to upgrade to a suite. 400 euros later we were in a suite. Luckily we were told the ship was only half full so extra rooms were available. –Keep in mind if that is true we were dealing with half the crowd as normal. We never found things to be busy regardless of where we were so it’s probably true about half full. I didn’t find the suite to be particularly clean either. I took some pictures of dirt/dust and hair in every corner of our room but I don’t see anywhere to upload pictures. Upon arrival to our suite I checked the bed and our sheets had some sort of crusty something on them so we called and got them changed and the girl that changed it was really pleasant. The room size was way better. Still only an exterior window no balcony. Also the bed was simply 2 twins pushed together and the mattresses were so worn that where they were supposed to meet in the middle was just a hard metal bar. Food- I found the quality of the food to be similar to all cruise food- in my opinion the QUALITY of the food you get on most cruises isn't anything to write home about but the QUANTITY of food is usually worth talking about. On the Olympia the amount of choices were slim. Buffet, dining room and room service (this costs money)were the only choices. At the buffet there was always a salad bar, bread, hot dogs, hamburgers, fries and some variations of cheeses and pasta salad type dishes- it was fine. The meal choices there were usually 5 choices. A beef, a chicken, a fish, a pork and a vegetarian choice. All with the same side option of the day. Staff in buffet was good. Food was fine I never left hungry. Just not a ton of options you may be used to. The dining room amount of options was similar to the menus I have seen on all the big cruises- Royal Caribbean, Princess, Norwegian, Carnival... in my opinion the dining room felt similar to what I knew. Perhaps only 2 differences. 1- the positive- A lot of Greek food options (don't worry always comfort food available) I liked getting to try Greek food with no worry about wasting my money if I didn't like it. 2- the negative- The seating. Anytime dining only. No assigned tables or wait staff. No tables for just 2. I found getting an attentive waiter to be harder than normal since they probably wont see you again and you probably won't tip them based on one meal, I felt the wait staff didn't really care to help. The other bad part about the seating is that you are just filed in and seated next to whoever happens to be there at the same time as you… not usually a bad thing however language became a real issue. Every table we sat at with the exception of 1, we were sat with people that didn’t speak English. Unfortunately we only speak English therefore it made for some very awkward meals. Also it seemed so unorganized… each time people were seated they needed to get special menus and special waiters that could speak the language of the guest. The language you speak is written on your boarding card which you carry around with you at all times why couldn’t they be scanned upon dining room entry and you could be seated at the appropriate table? I feel like this “wing it” method is unpleasant for the guest and stressful for the wait staff. Last note on food- The buffet (which we preferred) was only available night 1 and 2 of the cruise. Night 3 was our “elegant night” and after a long day we were just ready to slum it in jeans at the buffet. However the only option to get food was the dining room unless you wanted to pay for room service. Luckily we brought nicer attire… but how awkward would we feel if we didn’t have nicer clothes because had just planned all along to skip this night in the dinning room and just do the buffet. To only offer one dining venue on formal night is crazy. Also the dinner times were late- they usually started serving dinner around 7... nothing to eat before that unless you did room service($) Entertainment- To be honest we were exhausted and went to bed right after dinner most nights. We attempted to see the show on Greek night but only made it through 3 songs it was a little boring since we don’t speak the language and it was just one lady singing we were thinking maybe some Greek dancing would be really fun to watch but we didn’t see anything like that. Ports- You can book excursions through them and get priority to get off the boat first. The excursions were very expensive. We did book 3 of them through the cruise line. Smoking- as non smokers we aren't excited about all the smoking sections that seemed to linger into non smoking sections. Seemed to be more smoking guests than any other cruise I had been on, perhaps it's more of a European cruise thing not specific to this ship? Noise- We personally don't have an issue with hearing music from the bars and theater until the wee hours in our cabin while trying to sleep... We are both good sleepers so it didn't keep us awake but something to think about if you are. It was loud enough while laying in bed we could sing along to the words (the songs in English that is) if that gives you an idea. This could be placement of our cabin. Have I done a lot of complaining and still given this ship 2 stars and not only 1 star? Well it’s because you get to see so many ports. I probably should have done more research on bang for my buck, but according to other passengers they were happy with the price they paid. Since I paid a tour company it was a total package price on everything we did for 12 days so I can’t give you insight on other options. All I can say is over all we had a good time on the cruise. It wasn’t something we would recommend or do over again. We kept a positive attitude and the cruise was an experience. Just not one we would ever repeat. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
It was our very first cruise experience and we are definitely impressed and the highlight of our Europe trip. Prior to our departure date, we read some of the reviews about Celestial Olympia which some were not favourable but we were ... Read More
It was our very first cruise experience and we are definitely impressed and the highlight of our Europe trip. Prior to our departure date, we read some of the reviews about Celestial Olympia which some were not favourable but we were pleasantly surprised because our experience in the ship has not dampened or spoiled our enthusiasm to go on a cruise again in future, in fact we could go for a repeat cruise with Celestyal Olympia anytime. All the staff were very friendly and hospitable, the entertainment was excellent- the Greek band, the dancers, the lovely Greek lady singer, we had the most enjoyable four nights, we were definitely entertained. Our cabin which was a last minute upgrade to executive cabin was reasonably priced, it was a very smooth sailing we had the best sleep! We also liked the food, drinks were unlimited, we learned Greek dance, salsa and cha cha, we had lots of fun to say the least. We certainly highly recommend it and will do it again in future. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
it was unbelievable, great services , greeeeeeeat food. The cabin was amazing. Very good entairtement we go to mykonos, rhodes kousantasi. We were with a group of 150 visiting Athens and this short 4 day trip to the Greek islands. My wife ... Read More
it was unbelievable, great services , greeeeeeeat food. The cabin was amazing. Very good entairtement we go to mykonos, rhodes kousantasi. We were with a group of 150 visiting Athens and this short 4 day trip to the Greek islands. My wife and I have done over 25 cruises, mainly Royal Caribbean, Holland, Celebrity and Disney--cruises to Caribbean, eastern and western and southern routes, Med and Baltic cruises. Fastest embarkation ever. We were on the ship in a flash. Luggage went up a moving ramp and on the ship. Cruise left at 1130am so they had to empty the ship and load in a few hours. We even had our luggage before the ship left.It was a good way to see the Greek islands...a sampling of the Greek food, so we were happy. Embarkation adn disembarkation went smoothly. I really loved this cruise.Excellent embarkation. In conclusion i will recomend it. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Customer service was the worst I've experienced on any cruise or vacation - cruise employees were not interested in helping us solve issues (see list of issues below). The food was really, really bad. And only available at select ... Read More
Customer service was the worst I've experienced on any cruise or vacation - cruise employees were not interested in helping us solve issues (see list of issues below). The food was really, really bad. And only available at select meal times instead of 24/7 as we'd expect. If we missed a meal because we were enjoying ourselves at the port city, then we had to pay for something sub-par at the one bar we could find still serving food. The pools were drained the first night and closed every night. And there was no hot tub. The entertainment on the ship was embarrassing - so so bad. The one excursion we booked was canceled during the trip, which was disappointing and frustrating. We have yet to receive a refund for that. We paid for an upgraded room to be able to move our beds together, but the beds were unmovable and in an L shape. Nice way to have a romantic getaway - having to sleep head to toe with my boyfriend?! Mold in the shower and on the shower curtain - not cleaned well enough obviously. Ship overall was horribly outdated - not updates whatsoever. The spa was next to the casino - which allowed smoking inside!!! Definitely opted OUT of a massage which would have been accompanied by slot machine music. Overall - I would never, ever recommend Celestyal Cruises to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
We chose this cruise as we only had a limited amount of available time to visit the islands during our stay in Athens. I had done a lot of research and was a little nervous based on my findings on the internet. I wanted to write this ... Read More
We chose this cruise as we only had a limited amount of available time to visit the islands during our stay in Athens. I had done a lot of research and was a little nervous based on my findings on the internet. I wanted to write this review to inform people that this cruise was an amazing experience overall!! I booked online directly with Celestyal rather than use a tour group and was able to book at a 15% discount early booking rate. The process of booking was very easy and I was able to select my own cabin while booking. I chose to upgrade to a balcony suite (Cabin 9003) and it was fantastic! The cabin was very large (I think about 300sqft) with a large balcony, a nice sized bathroom with bathtub, a king-sized bed, lots of cabinet space for our clothing, and a small living room area. I feel that the selection of an upgraded cabin helped to make this cruise very enjoyable as we were able to escape there to enjoy our balcony in peace. We booked the 3 day excursion package which included: 1. KUSADASI - Ancient Ephesus and the Terrace Houses, 2. PATMOS - Religious visit to St John's Monastery -Grotto of Apocalypse, 3. CRETE - Minoan Palace of Knossos - 1st European Civilization, 4. SANTORINI - Spectacular Oia Village perched on the caldera rim. Overall, the excursions are great! We could have saved some money and tried doing these on our own, but I liked having everything ready to go for me when we reached the port and it was worth the extra bit of money to not have to worry about how we would get to all of the sights on our own. There is also the benefit of being first off on the tender boats when the ship did not dock. It was also nice to have the tour guides to explain the history to us. The only downside was not having enough time in Santorini. Oia was stunning and we really only had a total of 3 hours there after you tender boat in. I will certainly make another trip back and spend more time in Santorini in the future!! Mykonos was beautiful and we did this on our own and I would say that you do not need to book an excursion here. The dining was quite enjoyable for us. My husband and I went to the Aegean restaurant several times for lunch and dinner and were always placed with other people. We were able to meet people from all over the world and we really enjoyed this. The food was always good and we found the staff very friendly. We also went to Leda casual dining for breakfast and lunch and it is buffet style. The food here was good. We did sit on deck by the pool a few times and they always had an activity going on, but we did not really partake in any of the activities. This is a really port intensive cruise and we just wanted to relax when we were at sea. There was always entertainment in the evening and we did take in a couple of shows which were good, but again, because it was so port intensive, we tended to relax in the lounge or in our room on the balcony. We did purchase the all inclusive drinks package, which is worth it if you want to enjoy a few beverages. Overall, our cruise with the Celestyal Olympia was fantastic! For anyone who is looking to enjoy the islands in a short amount of time, this cruise is for you. The ship is a bit older, but the experience of the Greek Islands was amazing! Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
I booked this cruise, to celebrate our wedding anniversary, in a hurry, it was a last minute idea I had and didn't read any reviews, it just matched my available dates so I went for it, and am very glad I did. Even though it was ... Read More
I booked this cruise, to celebrate our wedding anniversary, in a hurry, it was a last minute idea I had and didn't read any reviews, it just matched my available dates so I went for it, and am very glad I did. Even though it was our very first cruise experience ever, I knew that cruises through the Greek isles are supposed to be smaller and less luxurious than those in the Caribbean for example, so I set my expectations accordingly. Yes, it's an old ship, but very well maintained and with an excellent crew on board. All crew staff was great: the waiters always making sure if you're in need of a refill, the entertainment crew was absolutely brilliant, most of them multilingual and always with a smile on their faces. The shows on board were quite nice, really. The band in the theater was great, believe me, it was a Greek rock band that could nail Pink Floyd classics and make it look easy (great guitar player). Food was sometimes good and sometimes very good, not great. And to be honest, cruising through the Aegean is all about the destinations, we visited Mykonos, Patmos, Rhodes, Kusadasi, Crete and Santorini. My only complaints: The weather was very bad, sea was very rough for the last two days of our journey, so bad that hale was falling in Crete and we couldn't disembark in Santorini due to the high waves. We were later refunded for the cancelled tour in Santorini. Cabin is outdated and not very comfortable to be honest. The Cuban band in the Latin bar, really sucked. Trust me on this one, I am latino and know perfectly the difference between good and bad Latin music. This bar was always empty, so clearly I was not the only one with this opinion. All in all, I can recommend this cruise, we had a great time, and would book in Celestyal again, not a 5 star, but definitely a 4. Recommendations: Don't go for the all-inclusive alcohol drink package unless you're a really serious drinker/drunken; you won't get your money's worth even if you spend all 4 days drinking till unconscious. Don't buy the Video or the Photographs, not worth it. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
The ship was called Louis Olympia by then and was mainly doing Greek Islands and Aegean Sea cruises. I think the new owners are using it on the same route. Service and crew related review might be out dated since ship has changed hands ... Read More
The ship was called Louis Olympia by then and was mainly doing Greek Islands and Aegean Sea cruises. I think the new owners are using it on the same route. Service and crew related review might be out dated since ship has changed hands so I will focus on the vessel itself. This is an aging ship and it shows. But in a cute nostalgic way. The ship was renovated once or twice since it first sailed but its classic cruise lines are still prominent. Mind you this is a medium sized ship with 770 something cabins and as far as it goes with cruise ships size DOES matter. You should not expect a huge casino, 20+ restaurants and 11 stages and movie theaters on this boat. But what you get is served with good taste and quality. Under Louis some of the Island stays were too short to be practical. Mykonos and Pathmos stays were 4-5 hours and believe me 4 hours is not enough for Mykonos. Depending on the cruise Athens stay is also very limited. Just enough time to briefly see the agora and that's it. I did not even bother to leave the port and had a coffee in a nearby cafe instead. Read Less
Sail Date July 2013
Celestyal Olympia Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.5 3.5
Dining 4.0 3.4
Entertainment 3.0 3.3
Public Rooms 3.0 3.6
Fitness Recreation 3.0 3.3
Family 3.0 3.3
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.7
Enrichment 4.0 3.3
Service 5.0 3.7
Value For Money 5.0 3.5
Rates 4.0 N/A

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