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10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
For the adventurous, the port call in Santorini can provide excitement when the cable car breaks down and you have to descend the 588-step stairway/path (no railing) in a short amount of time or be left behind with your passport on the ... Read More
For the adventurous, the port call in Santorini can provide excitement when the cable car breaks down and you have to descend the 588-step stairway/path (no railing) in a short amount of time or be left behind with your passport on the ship. For those of us past middle age, this can be a challenge; my legs did not recover for several days. To add insult to injury, we were not refunded the six euros included in our fare for the cable car ticket. Celestyal is not resilient enough to arrange for the same buses to return passengers to the alternate port where we landed. Otherwise, Celestyal does a better job than expected in most areas, although the restaurant/buffet service has more than a few inattentive servers. The process of informing passengers on when and where to meet for port calls and tour groups could be improved. The essential information is scattered amidst advertising and other irrelevant details. Cabins are small, like those on Scandinavian ferries, but kept clean. I did not expect a Greek Island cruise to best be described as “grueling,” but the strenuous schedule was worth the exertion. My favorite place was Ephesus, but I won’t argue if you prefer Patmos or Crete. My only regret is Santorini. Even with an operative cable-car, it’s a windswept tourist trap where grit gets in your eyes. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
This was our first vacation on cruise . We were super excited as it was 3 days island hopping trip . We arrived in Athens 2 days before and explored the beautiful city.Awesome food and awesome people. Then comes the day of embarkation . ... Read More
This was our first vacation on cruise . We were super excited as it was 3 days island hopping trip . We arrived in Athens 2 days before and explored the beautiful city.Awesome food and awesome people. Then comes the day of embarkation . Entire embarkation process was streamlined . Me and my husband were quite impressed by the staff and service. From embarkation team to restaurant team (food & bar waiter/waitress ). House keeping staff to staffs at the reception. All welcomed us with great smile and helping attitude. Amazing Service made this holiday super amazing. Our kid was not eating anything. Mr Roy, manager of one of the restaurants at ship helped us by arranging freshly prepared food of his choice. Happy kid can be icing on the cake on great family vacation. From the day I am back . My friends and family are mesmerized by seeing my trip pics and wants to try cruise for their next holiday plan.I can recommend them Celestyal Olympia as it was fabulous experience. Definitely I cannot compare it with another cruise as it was my very first cruise vacation .Definitely big YES for many more such vacations. I can vouch you wont be disappointed. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
I was travelling alone and it was in fact my first cruise. I was a little sceptic about my adaptation with this way to travel and turism. Have to say that I am very satisfied about my experience.. The service has been good : well ... Read More
I was travelling alone and it was in fact my first cruise. I was a little sceptic about my adaptation with this way to travel and turism. Have to say that I am very satisfied about my experience.. The service has been good : well and timed organised with, in general, enough, kind, polite and serviced oriented staff. The information and instructions given had been clear and timed. The offer of 5 top stops in the Egean see is great. The lengh (3 days) was ideal for me. The weather was not good 2 out of 3 days. But that is not the fault of the cruise company, and quite normal in April, so spring, in Europe where the weather is quite unsetlled. The size (1500 passengers), relatively small, of the ship was fine for me. I am doubtful about my mood (about crowd fobia) in a gigant ship (3000 to 5000). The cabin was ok, and better than expected, for me: not big but with enought space. Clean. I slept soundly the three nights. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
We choose this cruise because it was the only cruise that took place on Easter,and moove to Aegean sea. This was out 3rd cruise so we knew what to expect. The ship is old but only on papers,and i mean that it looks so fresh and well ... Read More
We choose this cruise because it was the only cruise that took place on Easter,and moove to Aegean sea. This was out 3rd cruise so we knew what to expect. The ship is old but only on papers,and i mean that it looks so fresh and well maintained that is was a big posotove surprise for us. The previous 2 cruises were on Costa cruise ships that they are very new.The main difference (and the disavandase of this ship) is the number of elevators.The public areas are in good contition,and the staff is kind.Our room was super clean and very relaxig. The coctails that we drink at the sundecks were medium to low quality. We try different coctails and always was the same feeling of poor quality. In order to be sure that the guy at one of the bars have no idea about making coctails ,i do this: i check the drinks menu and looking for any coctail that is not on the catalog. I notice that there is not Miami Vice. So i order a Miami Vice and the barman prepare for me a coctail that is not on the catalog,it was red colored instead of white,and of course it was ipmossible to pay for it because it was not a price for this drink!!! But anyway.....we hope that we could do a cruise with ship in the future. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2017
We choose this cruise as it had been recommended by a friend & we really wanted to see Cuba, especially Havana. This sounded like a wonderful opportunity to see the whole island & get a sense for Cuba, the country, the cities, ... Read More
We choose this cruise as it had been recommended by a friend & we really wanted to see Cuba, especially Havana. This sounded like a wonderful opportunity to see the whole island & get a sense for Cuba, the country, the cities, the people & their culture. Havana was our #1 destination, unfortunately we, never got there. When we arrived we were immediately bussed to Cienfuegos, a 3 1/2 hour bus ride after a 6 1/2 hour flight, it was in the dark so saw nothing of the country side. Besides the fact that the port authorities had suggested our ship could not dock in the harbour due to congestion there was a storm which pushed us out, hence the bus ride. So we spent the first 3 days in Cienfuegos, a lovely small community, but not Havana. We had already tripped over, accidentally, on Celestyal cruises website that day 3, our beach day was not to be, due to environmental issues. Would be nice if they had let us know! An effort was made to compensate in a bus trip to Trinadad, 3 hour bus ride there & 3 back, which was a total waste of time, we really saw nothing but countryside. The next day they offered us a trip to Havana, a 4 hour bus ride there & 4 hours back, we declined having already spent far too much time on busses. Finally we left this port & headed to Montego Bay, Jamaica to drop off & p/up passengers. Montego Bay was a nightmare, we lasted in town for 1/2 an hour & immediately went back to the ship. On entering customs the first thing the gal said to my husband was, make sure you have your wallet. Pretty much sums up Montego Bay right there! Finally the next day we headed to Santiago a lovely city, thoroughly enjoyed a guided tour from a university student. Our last day on the boat was at sea, again. Arriving in Havana, we could have had time for a city visit but what to do with our bags, so off to the airport for a 6 hour wait in an airport with little to no seating. We will definitely go back to see Havana, but not on this cruise! One big huge disappointment! Read Less
14 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
The cabin appeared to be clean but it was taken by acarous, I required to take alergy pills. The food quality and variety was moderate to poor and you could find similar things at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The people who wanted to sell ... Read More
The cabin appeared to be clean but it was taken by acarous, I required to take alergy pills. The food quality and variety was moderate to poor and you could find similar things at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The people who wanted to sell drinks arrived like downties any time you took a sit in the public áreas. The Mikonos trip was the best thing. The Heraklium trip was fine. The Santorini trip was 1 your and 40 minutes around the non interesting sites in the island in a bus and then 40 minutes in the best place to rush for a picture without oportunities to drink or eat something nor shopping, I seriously recommend to explore better alternatives to have a good time in the island. The entertainment alternatives in the ship were seriously boring. The ship shops were very expensive, even the sales. Some of the ship staff look extremely Sade. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
It was our first experience, so 4 nights was a good way to see if we enjoyed the experience. The cabin was exceptionally well presented, very clean and each night a novelty animal towel placed on the bed for that extra touch. Staff were ... Read More
It was our first experience, so 4 nights was a good way to see if we enjoyed the experience. The cabin was exceptionally well presented, very clean and each night a novelty animal towel placed on the bed for that extra touch. Staff were always attentive and went out of there way to assist in every matter. Rooms were cleaned daily and with great efficiency. The various restaurant offered much variety and service was impeccable from,all staff. We opted for the mid range drinks package and were not disappointed, enjoying cocktails, beers, wines, coffees, etc. it was a wonderful introduction to cruising and I have nothing but praise for the celestyal team. There were multiple daily activities on and off shore, we chose several off shore so as to gain a snapshot of the islands and what they offered. If you were ever in doubt about cruising this is a wonderful introduction. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
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
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
The cruise was really good! You can choose from a wide range of activities when the ship is sailing. There were Greek Lessons, Dancing lessons, Arts and Crafts, and lots of music!!! The food is quite good on the 4th floor Aegean ... Read More
The cruise was really good! You can choose from a wide range of activities when the ship is sailing. There were Greek Lessons, Dancing lessons, Arts and Crafts, and lots of music!!! The food is quite good on the 4th floor Aegean Restaurant, but as an asian, I did not really like the 9/F food. After a bit of research, I found out that the ship was from the 1980's, but I could not realize that. The cabin (2153) was small, but very comfortable. In the shore excursions, we went to Mykonos, Patmos, Santorini, Ephesus and a few more places. They were interesting, and the tour guides were great and informative. The buses were a bit old and dirty, but it was ok as it was a short ride. The staff were also really nice. I would definitely recommend Celestyal Olympia to others, as it the service was good and has a wide range of activities and excursions. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
Boarding and leaving the ship in each port was well executed. The Transat agent was on their game and extremely customer focused keeping us up to date and making tour recommendations that proved accurate. Cabin cleaning staff were ... Read More
Boarding and leaving the ship in each port was well executed. The Transat agent was on their game and extremely customer focused keeping us up to date and making tour recommendations that proved accurate. Cabin cleaning staff were friendly and did a great job. Drink service on the pool deck was wanting. Since staff did not approach me to take a drink order, I continually went to the bar to get my own drinks. It was irritating when a waitress cut in front of me as I was ordering my drink, so she could place hers. The bar tender apologized and the assistant bar manager went out of his way to find me on the deck, hear my concerns and also apologized. Drink staff appeared juvenile having fun talking and neglecting customers during the day. The food; at best was average. The food on the buffet seemed to be selected with an eye to minimizing costs. I was surprised to see that most selections consisted of beef, pork, chicken and fish. Lots of vegetables. If you expect seafood, my experience is that it was conspicuously absent, i.e. shrimp, octopus, squid...This was a surprise given it's a Mediterranean cruise. The food in the a la carte restaurant was better however we only had one chance to dine there. A significant disappointment came when we were delayed by about three hours due to on boarding travellers from Turkey (recall the attempted coup in Turkey). This was not the issue. The issue was that we had to leave the ship one evening at 7:00 p.m. for an excursion. Restaurants open at 7:30 p.m. Management seems not to have anticipated that people on board that had excursions that evening would have liked to dine before leaving the ship. From a business point of view, a failure of planning, organizing, leading and controlling. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
The following people gave excellent service over and above. Ahmed, waiter,Fenimo Chief wine steward, Arturo waiter, Winefredo waiter, Narvine waiter. Javier waiter, Panagiotis waiter, Sebeeraj Wine steward extrodinaire, Juan greeter at ... Read More
The following people gave excellent service over and above. Ahmed, waiter,Fenimo Chief wine steward, Arturo waiter, Winefredo waiter, Narvine waiter. Javier waiter, Panagiotis waiter, Sebeeraj Wine steward extrodinaire, Juan greeter at the door always with a smile.and Ronnie (had a band after wait staff duties) who was a great Elvis impersonator. These people made the cruise so enjoyable along with many others whose name I did not get. The service was exceptionable. the food fantastic and the ship was always very clean!! I did not get the names of the room stewards memorized but Marie and Josee looked after my cabin and it was always immaculate with towel animals every day, I would say the crew including bartenders, waiters the people on the desk. the people who sold the drink packages were knowledgeable and helpful and you could not pass anyone without getting a smile and a greeting of good morning or good evening. Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 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
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
This cruise was an add-on to a tour of Italy and Greece. Like other readers, I had read some bad reviews of the Olympia and the cruise itself. However, I did not find this to be the case. The staff were always courteous and polite while ... Read More
This cruise was an add-on to a tour of Italy and Greece. Like other readers, I had read some bad reviews of the Olympia and the cruise itself. However, I did not find this to be the case. The staff were always courteous and polite while we were on board. The meals in the main dining room were fresh and the presentation of the food was excellent. This was a three-day cruise of several Greek islands (we didn't go to Turkey with the rest of the passengers because we had students with us and our tour company sent us to another Greek island instead). We were in one of the cabins with two single beds and a shower. Everything in our cabin was neat and clean. The beds were made daily and we had all the amenities provided. I especially enjoyed interacting with the staff members and learning something about their personal lives. At dinner, we were seated with people from other countries who spoke only a little English or none at all. I found this interesting as we communicated as best we could on topics such as US politics and the places we had traveled before boarding the ship. I understand this ship isn't the most modern but it suited our needs well. We weren't on the ship that much during the day because we were exploring the islands. I went on several excursions and enjoyed all of them, especially Patmos. Our guides were very courteous and knowledgeable. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
I am not an experienced cruiser and I am not a big fan of cruise ships so that may color my evaluation. However, I feel that this ship was adaquate for taking me and my wife to a number of Greek islands. The sea food was good. The ... Read More
I am not an experienced cruiser and I am not a big fan of cruise ships so that may color my evaluation. However, I feel that this ship was adaquate for taking me and my wife to a number of Greek islands. The sea food was good. The deserts were good. The breakfasts were fine. My wife and I traveled independently and did belong to a tour group. The instructions and communications onboard were not all that clear. We had some aggravation trying to find out what was going on with regard to disembarking etc. Most of the cabins were rather small and without balconies. The cabins were sufficient but not luxurious. Some of the cabins had recently been refurbished which was nice. The seating at meals was ona first come, first serve basis. There was no seating by language so sometimes we were sitting next to people who did not speak english. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
My rating would have been higher except for 3 major issues: On the first day, there was no announcement the required safety drill was delayed. MANY passengers assembled at the scheduled time and wasted more than an hour waiting with ... Read More
My rating would have been higher except for 3 major issues: On the first day, there was no announcement the required safety drill was delayed. MANY passengers assembled at the scheduled time and wasted more than an hour waiting with lifejackets on. The restaurant maître d' was rude and unaccommodating in seating our group in the dining room even though our guide had made reservations for a group seating. Some waiters were not attentive and failed to bring coffee and water. At Kusadasi, the excursion tour to Ephesus was very good EXCEPT there was an unscheduled stop at Turkman Weaving and Carpet center. Supposedly it was for a weaving demonstration but that quickly turned into VERY HIGH PRESSURE sales pitches. People were not expecting the onslaught and later regretted their purchases. Prices would start very high and then drop (say $4,000 down to $2,500) but we had no way to know the fair market price. Ships personnel were at the store to alert the ship that we would be late reboarding because of the ongoing sales activity. We also did not have time to stop at the covered bazaar as listed. Passengers should not be subjected to such sales schemes. Otherwise: Food was okay and ample. Cabin was small but adequate; stewards did a good job and were very pleasant, helpful. Announcements on the public address system were garbled and hard to understand. The drink plans were too pricey for us. It was more cost effective for us to just pay individual drink costs when needed. Read Less
19 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
We were with a group of 21 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 ... Read More
We were with a group of 21 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. The ship was not that bad. It was an older (1982) former Royal Caribbean ship "Song of Norway". 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. Unpacked and ready to go before the standard life boat drill in a few languages. We did not do the drink package, my wife drinks diet coke and we bought it ashore as we went and got ice in the room. Others did the alcoholic package and enjoyed it..no problems with service. Our room attendant Dania was excellent ...always clean after we left and stocked the ice. Great towel animals if you like them. Bring your own washcloths...not many in Europe/Greece hotels. We had 6 islands in 4 days, a very busy trip but got to see many places. Weather was excellent for the trip...it was cold last week but low 70's, mid 50's in am. No rain. Mixture of people on the cruise. A few American school groups, another tour group from Atlanta, Japanese groups, and a few loud school groups from Spain. The Spanish kids liked to drink!! Bar tenders very friendly . Dining--had the buffet on deck 9 and the main dining on deck 4. Typical cruise food. Not bad but not gourmet. Many Greek foods, which was fine, we wanted to try things. Some good , some not. You could sit where you liked at the buffet but seated as you came into the main dining room. Waiters were helpful but sometimes did not understand what you asked. "Woody" spoke excellent English and was a great waiter---his area was toward the back wall in the MDR. Cabin was an outside with square porthole. We were near the front and could hear the noise as we docked early mornings, but we use a "sound machine--white noise".The room was smaller than the newer ships , had two twin beds, some of the luggage fit under the bed, the two big suitcases we put at the end of the beds. Small bathroom with shower curtain, kept clinging to you as you showered. The room reminded us of our very 1st cruise on a smaller ship. There was some gout coming loose on the bathroom floor and you could find rust somewhere on the ship if you looked..but it is an older ship, what do you expect? Crew was very nice overall and said good morning, hello, etc. Cabin attendants very nice and we tipped them more even though it was already included. Say hi to Danny up in the "Horizons " bar---it is the bar overlooking the ship and hard to get to. Danny told me people always thought the captain was up there. For Royal Caribbean cruisers--it is the original 'Viking Crown " lounge . It was full as we came into ports or out. We did not do much entertainment--too busy . Off the ship, did an excursion, back on , then off again about 500, excursion, back on, eat dinner then bed. That was the routine. Glad we did this cruise to be able to see five islands and Turkey--Epheisous(spelling ?) was amazing. We did ship excursions everywhere but Mykonos and Patmos. Excursions got you off the ship first, especially if tendered. You can walk and see Mykonos, Patmos we took a taxi to St Johns. Beware the taxi drivers in Patmos---FAST on windy narrow roads, everyone was scared, even the Spanish kids !! Had to pray when we got out! Other excursions , you met in the Muses lounge and they took you off in groups to the buses. The last day we had to be off the ship by 730, up early , had breakfast , meet with our group and off in a Flash! They do turn over the ship quickly. We had never been on a ship that departs at 1130am and they had the process work like clockwork. Other comments--We really did not have time to enjoy the ship, no days at sea, but for us, it was fine. It was a good way to see the Greek islands...a sampling of the Greek food, so we were happy. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
The positive report is the embarkation and debarkation were the easiest I have ever experienced. It is a small ship so not thousands of people to move. You do surrender your passport which makes me nervous, but worked out okay. ... Read More
The positive report is the embarkation and debarkation were the easiest I have ever experienced. It is a small ship so not thousands of people to move. You do surrender your passport which makes me nervous, but worked out okay. My husband had to see the ship's doctor, first time ever on a cruise, and that was a good experience. The room was okay. We booked an inside cheap room since it was only three nights and we are out on tours for all but sleeping. There is very little space for storing luggage as it does not fit under the beds. There were two closets which made storage okay. The plus was electrical plugs were in both 110 and 220. Lighting was poor. Beds not especially comfortable. Plus on the bathroom was paper could go down the toilet. Even in our boutique hotels in Greece, paper goes in the trashcan. The meals were presented in a very pleasing manner. Choices were limited. Greek night was the best. The bread was excellent this night, very stale the other nights. I chose grilled shrimp which was 4 shrimp on two skewers compete with heads and had to be peeled. Not very elegant! The dessert that night was fabulous, the other nights, not good, a lot of jello looking stuff. The night our excursion kept us late, the dining room had to close for an hour and a half to get caught up. That was the Greek night and was the most enjoyable as our table mates were all Greek and a lot of fun. It was not fun finishing at 11:30 PM. I know for Europeans, that is just normal, but for me it was late. The excursions that we selected were good. The guides were very knowledgeable and with humor. The places we chose to visit on our own worked out well. Shopping was not a main focus for me, but there were excellent selections from the expensive to the souvenirs. We did not participate in any shipboard activities so cannot comment there. Overall it was okay transportation that I decided at the end was a bit overpriced. Had the food been better the price would have been fine. The taste of the islands put Greece on our "must return to" list. The people are wonderful and hospitable. Every Island is different with different customs, dances, and traditions. Just a delight! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
We received this cruise as Christmas gift... my brother and me. We was afraid if the weather will be ok, because the previous week was too cold, but in Mediterranean was perfect... It was a luck that the ship embarked from Piraeus, ... Read More
We received this cruise as Christmas gift... my brother and me. We was afraid if the weather will be ok, because the previous week was too cold, but in Mediterranean was perfect... It was a luck that the ship embarked from Piraeus, was easy to access with airplane/taxi. Decent hotels was available very close to the port... a walk distance.. The cabin was decent, larger than expected. The personnel was very well trained, polite, helpful. The food was very good, a lot of entertainments- it was an origami club, Greek language lessons and many others.. The excursions was interesting, we learned a lot for the local culture and traditions. Compliments to the staff, and thank you for the amazing trip :) Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
My partner Raman & I were on this ship (Celestyal Olympia) for a 3 Days Cruise, as part of our Globus tour 'Iconic Agean with 3 Night Cruise'. It was their first cruise of 2016 (March 11-14, 2016) & the weather was ... Read More
My partner Raman & I were on this ship (Celestyal Olympia) for a 3 Days Cruise, as part of our Globus tour 'Iconic Agean with 3 Night Cruise'. It was their first cruise of 2016 (March 11-14, 2016) & the weather was early spring, so guess the ship was less than half capacity, to our advantage. We had upgraded our indoor cabin on deck 3 (ic) to the balcony suite (sb) on deck 9 by paying a hefty sum, but it was worth every penny. We were in room 9003 (named after Vasco da Gama, who was coincidentally the first European to sail to India, the country where we stay). The highlight of the ship for us was our room comforts & its big balcony. It being a right side room, we had an ever greater advantage as the ports & scenic views are better seen from the right, so we could easily click a lot of nice pics. We knew at the outset itself that the time on the ship was short as we had 5 ports in 3 days, so we decided to make the best use of it. We also had the huge advantage of having our Globus tour guide, a warm lovely lady Christiana always with us on the ship & offshore. The theme of the cruise was the carnival theme, so it was well decorated with lots of related procedures. The onboard hospitality, housekeeping & the embarkation experiences were excellent, as was the hectic combination of the destinations of Mykonos, Kusadasi, Patmos, Heraklion Crete & Santorini. We also had a bonus of seeing Samos island from close, as a group was dropped & picked up there. The ship was overall relatively smooth despite a strong winter breeze & turbulence on the last day. We disembarked earlier than scheduled at all ports, so got more time for our excursions. Thanks to our Globus guide, we did the best Celestyal cruise shore excursions viz. Ephesus through the ages (Kusadasi), St Johns monastery & the grotto (Patmos), Knossos tour (Crete) & the Oia village tour (Santorini). At Mykonos we preferred to do a lovely walk tour with our Globus guide. The weather was superb in general,a great combination of sunny, cloudy & breezy. Santorini was more grey than blue due to the weather, but we still enjoyed a lot. One recommendation. Our cruise cards got demagnetised many times & so we couldn't open our cabin, despite not keeping them close to our mobiles. The easy solution would be to give a cover in which the cards can be kept like in most hotels. Finally I'd recommend this cruise as the cheapest & fastest way to see the Greek islands briefly. An overall great cruise experience. Am posting many pictures here. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
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
10 Helpful Votes
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
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
I'm writing this review, (something I never do), because it was difficult to find anything recent about this ship and cruise. It's true one books this vessel only for transportation to some beautiful Greek Islands but had I ... Read More
I'm writing this review, (something I never do), because it was difficult to find anything recent about this ship and cruise. It's true one books this vessel only for transportation to some beautiful Greek Islands but had I known in advance how poorly the ship is maintained and operated, a fishing boat would have been preferable. The food was bad, even the deserts, in both the dining and buffet rooms. Consequently the Aura Grill was a favored location (serves lunch only) offering hot dogs and pizza. I enjoy Greek food and sampled many offerings in our pre cruise stay for 3 says in Athens. With the exception of fresh vegetables and fruits, the food offerings were terrible in taste and presentation. The buffet is a mad house and disorganized. The restaurant is less so, however there is open seating and limited menu items. Our two meals in the dining room shared a table with pleasant fellow passengers that did not speak English and unfortunately we are not bilingual. On the third attempt, we requested to sit at an English speaking table and rudely denied. The refusal to accommodate is something that one who travels often is accustomed to experiencing without issue. It was the rudeness and argumentative nature displayed by the dining room host that was completely unacceptable. Tipping is required regardless of the caliber of service with no option. Unfortunately this meant that he was tipped the same as other attentive ship personnel. The attitude at the excursion and reception/customer service desk was negative as well. We have traveled on international cruise ships before and have never experienced such a lack of hospitality. A good aspect was that our cabin steward, and all spa service providers, were exceptional in their friendliness and willingness to assist/answer questions. The itinerary is exciting however there is little time in one place for a true experience. The Greek island highlight, Santorini, does not dock until 4:00 p.m.,, and uses tenders to transport passengers to and from the ship. This leaves only about 3 hours for an excursion and some of it in our case, in October, is without daylight. This is known in advance by the ships excursion desk yet the excursion is sold to include the volcano visit that never transpires due to lack of time on the Island. Our tour guide acknowledged this to be true. Passengers that asked for partial refund were either ignored or told to contact their travel agent after the cruise. One of the excursions that we purchased for touring at another island was cancelled while we were waiting to disembark for it. This left no time to select another. The cruise director, Bruno, was not certain why and inquiring at the excursion desk was of no help. The response was " this happens sometimes". Note to elderly passengers or those with mobility concerns... even the excursions given the lowest rating for physical requirement were demanding. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. This is acceptable for the more formal dining room also. A captains night is observed on one evening and though the days agenda reads that attire is more formal, few observed this. After long days sometimes at two islands in one day, few even change clothing for dinner. I packed far too many clothing items thinking that it would be like evenings experienced with other cruises lines. Experiencing the beauty of the Greek Islands is breath taking and worth every moment spent there. Would I recommend this ship and cruise to another? Absolutely not. I saved the worst experience for last. My 81 year old mother had bed bug bites on her legs from sleeping on her bed in the cabin!!! Enough said. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
High marks to this cruise as a whole. I was very impressed with the staff. They were friendly and did their best to make the cruise as enjoyable as possible. It was a pleasure to come back to the room each night; everything was always ... Read More
High marks to this cruise as a whole. I was very impressed with the staff. They were friendly and did their best to make the cruise as enjoyable as possible. It was a pleasure to come back to the room each night; everything was always clean and tidy. For the most part the food was quite good. I think they could have done better in the entertainment department. I preferred not to take the shore excursions provided by the cruise ship. I made arrangements for private tours ahead of time and that worked out well for me. Santorini was the last stop and I wish we were given more time to explore the island. Unfortunately too much time was spent on line waiting for the cable car. I would recommend taking the non- alcoholic drink package. It's a good value for the money. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
The previous reviews of the Olympia mostly held true. Although the ship is about 35 years old, it is well maintained. I would just like to add a couple of comments. We had an outside cabin number 3063 on deck 3 (Hermes). It was just as ... Read More
The previous reviews of the Olympia mostly held true. Although the ship is about 35 years old, it is well maintained. I would just like to add a couple of comments. We had an outside cabin number 3063 on deck 3 (Hermes). It was just as expected. The cabin size was adequate, but the shower was very tiny. Our suitcases did not fit under the beds, so we had to store them elsewhere in the cabin. The cabin stewards were very good. The food was unexceptional, not quite as good as on our previous river cruise in Germany. The reception staff who were in charge of billing were very inflexible. For example on the last night before disembarking I had a small bar bill that I wanted to pay in cash. I was not permitted to do so, and it was automatically charged to my credit card. To sum up the cabin and cruise were good value, but not a premium service. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2015
Our first cruise - never again. The ship is old, tired and should be ditched. We did a cruise round some of the Greek Islands. They couldn't get into Patmos. At Mykonos we only had two hours and for most of that it was dark, Santorini ... Read More
Our first cruise - never again. The ship is old, tired and should be ditched. We did a cruise round some of the Greek Islands. They couldn't get into Patmos. At Mykonos we only had two hours and for most of that it was dark, Santorini was so crowded it was like a conga line around the town. The cabin was OK, but very small and airless. There was no room for two cases, except on the floor. The crew were very pleasant but looked and acted like they were overworked. The food was poor, pretty much the same every day. They took so long checking us in we never got the emergency briefing at the beginning so we had no idea what we would need to if there was an emergency. The personal/medical form which we were told was so important to have completed was never requested. Several times we wanted to find a quiet space just to sit and read - no chance, everywhere was so noisy with loud music. We were charged 20 Euro for wifi which didn't work for most of the time (who charges for wifi now?). When I asked about the wifi I was told it was either the bad weather or the satellite was down - REALLY ?? We were sadly disappointed and we really feel we wasted our $'s and five days of our holiday. NEVER. NEVER again would we we use Celestyal. Read Less
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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