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12 Celestyal Nefeli Cruise Reviews

This was the first cruise experience for me and my mom. I am glad to say that we were happy the whole time during the tour and at the end of it. The main plus of this ship is the friendly staff which meets you right after the passport ... Read More
This was the first cruise experience for me and my mom. I am glad to say that we were happy the whole time during the tour and at the end of it. The main plus of this ship is the friendly staff which meets you right after the passport control (before even embarking the ship) and continues throughout the tour. This includes all of the staff on board -director, waiters, housekeepers, etc. Another plus side was the price. Our budget could afford one of the cheapest rooms but it was enough and you get the same great service no matter which room you are in. All included feature is, of course, another good thing about this ship. There were no major negative things for us but the food quality in the Leda buffet could be improved a bit and more TV channels would definitely be an advantage. There only 8-10 channels or so. After all, it was a great experience for us and we would travel with Celestyal Nefeli again. Thank you for the good memories! Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
The Aegean islands cruise 28/7=04/08, is like a holiday camp at sea. Endless embarkations/departures every other day, with long announcements and lifeboat drill information and Excursion info. in at least 5 languages, lasting for 30 ... Read More
The Aegean islands cruise 28/7=04/08, is like a holiday camp at sea. Endless embarkations/departures every other day, with long announcements and lifeboat drill information and Excursion info. in at least 5 languages, lasting for 30 minutes or more. Do not expect a leisurely and quiet cruise. Experience the romantic Thalassa bar and watch the stars etc. NO, it closes at 2200 and the seat cushions are removed pronto leaving a frame work to sit on. Pool deck bar closes at 1800 most nights. Drinks can be obtained from the Disco bar!! Pre cruise info suggests a dress code, for main restaurant, also stated on daily info sheet, NEVER enforced, T shirts, skimpy shorts, torn jeans and bright coloured trainers are allowed for evening dinner. We purchased the blue drinks package prior to cruise, only basic beers, some spirits and house wine by the glass, a supplementary charge applies for branded drinks, wine by the bottle, ciders and orange juice, To avoid this , on top of the blue package @ €130 per person per week, add €11 per person per day. Very expensive and almost impossible to use it all unless permanently drunk. This was not a cruise as I know from the past and having worked at sea. Food is ok but not in way adventurous, NO fresh local fish, in the Agean? BEWARE. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
This was my wife and I's first cruise. It was a wonderful introduction to cruise life, and we had generally a brilliant time. The ship was easy to get around and felt generally modern. Our cabin was wonderful, we were on the 7th ... Read More
This was my wife and I's first cruise. It was a wonderful introduction to cruise life, and we had generally a brilliant time. The ship was easy to get around and felt generally modern. Our cabin was wonderful, we were on the 7th floor surrounded by executive suites. So even though we had a very simple room, we were treated like the special people. Drinks service was wonderful, and we made good connections with both waiters and bar people, by just generally being nice and interested in them. The food was of a decent quality, but after about 5 days, it did start to feel a little samey, so we had a night out for some legit Octopus. I also had concerns over how well cooked some of the meat was at times, however, no one seemed to get ill on the boat, so maybe I wads being overly cautious. Our biggest gripe about dining, was that there was no consistency with the Aegean lounge - this was meant to be the 3-course dining experience, where everyone was meant to be formally dressed. However, there was no consistency to this what so ever. We couldn't figure out if it only applied in the evening, and we believe it only applied to men. We felt a dress code for men and women should be applied, and with 100% consistency. Otherwise, like myself, I feel like I was just being picked on, when other times kids are in their in togs. The entertainment was superb. My wife and I were identified early that we were a good laugh and were often volunteered/dragged up for games. However, we did win two, and the prize was free bubbles, so we didn't mind. The evening show was also excellent, we went to every single one and were wowed by the dancing, circus tricks and general skills of the Cuban dancers. The excursions were a mixed bag, one of ours was heavily influenced by bad water conditions at Santorini. However, we had our full tour, the ship waited and provided dinner to us, even though we were very late. Our excursion to Ephesus was superb though, we had a stunning guide called George, who was utterly hilarious. We may have been slightly weaselled into buying a rug and jewellery at Turkmen Village, and are waiting to have our purchases appraised back in the UK. Overall an amazing experience, seeing islands in a way that would be SO much more hassle to do it individually. We only wish we had more time at a couple of the ports. And that maybe check out wasn't quite so early, but oh well. Would heartily recommend to anyone as a first time cruise experience. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Myself and my family of three chose this cruise through the Aegean departing from Athens for its budget friendly qualities and its packed itinerary. It was our 4th cruise, but first on a medium sized ship. The first impression, as well ... Read More
Myself and my family of three chose this cruise through the Aegean departing from Athens for its budget friendly qualities and its packed itinerary. It was our 4th cruise, but first on a medium sized ship. The first impression, as well as the overall one was pretty mixed. The service was absolutely incredible. The staff was prompt, always smiling and willing to help. My son lost his cell phone, but the front desk staff luckily helped us in getting it back quickly. The bar staff was a highlight. It was prompt and always rushed to our service when we entered one of the ships 3 bars. Though most venues were smaller than what you would expect if you were a veteran of bigger cruise ships, the entertainment staff offered music performances day in and day out (the pianist/violinist Yuri was extremely talented). The nightly shows were also high quality, complete with live music,acrobats, dancing and an overly excited Italian entertainment director. The service in the main restaurant was equally impressive, though the lack of a seating system led to large ques outside the entrance and to not getting the same waiter each night. The food was overall impressive, though the buffet options were sometimes limited. The appetizers were also to small in my opinion. The delicious Greek Cusine however made up for this. The rooms were spacious, the housekeeping staff kept them clean and the recent refurbishment gave it a great fresh look. However such attention was not given to the bathroom and balcony, both showing their age. There was however a huge problem, the noise. The AC in the room is EXTREMELY NOISY, and forced us to block it with clothes in order to get a good night sleep! If that was not enough, anounncments for disembarkation in Lavrion( I was not disembarking in that port) woke me up at 6 am. On that day the breakfast was over at 8 am, which led to my family rushing the few remaining stations that still had food. It was simply unacceptable. Excursion anounncment were also broadcast live into every room at 7 am on a daily basis. We only took the two excursions included into our package because the rest were horribbly overpriced (70 euros per 1/2 day trip). When sailing around the islands of Ios and Santorini the rough seas really shook up the speed and it was impossible to rest. Charging cruisers 1 euro per sea sickness pill did not help things. On other days the incredibly old and loud engines made relaxing on the top deck by the pool or anywhere else for that matter impossible. Overall if you are looking for a cheap, bang for the buck cruise and do not mind the querks and disadvantages of an older and smaller ship, the Celestyal Nefeli is a great pick. If you are looking for a relaxing experience and do not care for the two port of calls per day, Celestyal Nefeli might be a rather poor pick. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
I choose this cruise as one of the few still offering stop overs in Turkey as well as the opportunity of the Greek Islands and Greek experience. If you enjoy cultural immersion than this is the right cruise for you.  My thoughts ... Read More
I choose this cruise as one of the few still offering stop overs in Turkey as well as the opportunity of the Greek Islands and Greek experience. If you enjoy cultural immersion than this is the right cruise for you.  My thoughts however, are that this cruise experience is cultural immersion to the point of satire. Every night the show was almost identical excluding the costumes. The artists all maintained wooden faces that denied and enjoyment and highlighted every misstep. The one exception was the Greek dancing troop who really enjoyed performing. The shore excursions were well organised and radios with earphones were provided that allowed us to hear the guide, without clustering around them. The buses were comfortable and each excursion allowed a little free and or shopping time. Any lunches provided were very sparce serves. My suggestion, grab some fruit from the Ship along with your water. Be prepared to climb stairs and hills, that is the nature of Greece. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
PRE-CRUISE: Our trip included 4 days in Athens before departure with an included tour of the Acropolis and Parthenon. We felt that the paid tour of Sounion was not really worth the cost and we didn't go on the paid tour of Delphi ... Read More
PRE-CRUISE: Our trip included 4 days in Athens before departure with an included tour of the Acropolis and Parthenon. We felt that the paid tour of Sounion was not really worth the cost and we didn't go on the paid tour of Delphi because of the long bus ride required. We very much enjoyed exploring the City of Athens on our own. OK, the shopping was truly the fun part for me and I think my husband enjoyed some of it as well. We also saw the Acropolis museum and ate twice at a small street-side eatery with a view of the Parthenon. We were met by David Price, our excellent tour director from Trafalgar/Insight, on Friday afternoon before the cruise. He rounded up the rest of our relatively small group at other area hotels and escorted us to the ship. The ship left Lavrion port rather than Pireaus and we were told that this is standard, unlike what was in the Trafalgar write up. (Turned out that this worked very well for the return airport trip --via Mercedes-- as it was closer. First class, Trafalgar!) OK, back to the cruise -- our cabin was small, but adequate and we didn't spend much time peering out the two portholes on the 3rd level. We had room for to unpack and hand most of our clothes. Ester, our cabin steward, was very accommodating and we appreciated the fun towel animals that greeted us each evening. The bathroom was small but there was an in-wall cabinet that was very handy and made up for the limited counter space. (I actually felt that the shower was roomier than the narrow tub at the hotel we stayed at in Athens before the cruise.) The seas were calm for our entire outing so we never found out if we'd be seasick. Happy for that, for sure. Dining was not quite as good as we'd anticipated but we certainly didn't lack for food. If we wanted an entree for an appetizer, we got it with no questions asked. The one real failure was the bread. For the most part, it simply wasn't anything special and that was the case at breakfast, lunch and dinner. We are definitely a bread-eating family. ;-) The morning breakfast start time was puzzling. It varied from 6:30 to 7:30. We are early risers so found it a bit odd. Oh, the excursions -- well, we certainly spent some money on those. And, even more money at the Turkish rug shop. Anticipating their arrival here in a month or so to beautify our home. Again, our Trafalgar tour director was great about telling us which excursions we'd find worth the money. When there wasn't one he recommended for a particular day, he took us out on his own. Perfect! We were one of the "younger" older couples on the ship, which was very sparsely populated. I think there was almost one crew member for every passenger -- around 280-something. By our last night, we were down to 160ish passengers as some arrived/departed at each port. While I'm sure the cruise line didn't think the same, we loved the small size of the group!!! There were only a few children but all were well-mannered. Thank you, parents. The entertainment was pretty much the same thing every night and many activities didn't happen because there were no takers. That's the downside of a small group of passengers. The wait staff in the dining rooms and lounges were superb! Thank you for your smiles and top service. I think I've gone on long enough. All-in-all a wonderful first cruise experience and we'll plan to a repeat in the future though likely to another area of the world. Thanks, Celestyal Nefeli. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Since our last cruise with Celestyal Cruises we where eger to step aboard again. We choose Celestyal Nefeli, Euphoric Aegean out of Lavrion. It looked like a great itinerary and I knew the ship from in her earlier days as Cunard Crown ... Read More
Since our last cruise with Celestyal Cruises we where eger to step aboard again. We choose Celestyal Nefeli, Euphoric Aegean out of Lavrion. It looked like a great itinerary and I knew the ship from in her earlier days as Cunard Crown Jewel. We booked a balcony suite just after the docking wing at Portside. We had amazing stateroom attendants who where really nice for our daughter. The food aboard was Greek Mediteranean orientated and of great quality both in the Leda Buffet and the Aegean Restaurant. Great Spa Servives at a great value. Going all inclusive didnt meaned that you didnt got a drink, refills at you disposell. The ship was in great condition, you never saw a sparkle of rust. We would go again without hesitation. Cruising this way through the Aegean brings you litterly at the front door of a town. So rich of culture and history. If you love Greece and being at sea, than you need to try Celestyal Cruises Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
This cruise was part of an Insight Vacations package cruising 4 Greek islands and 2 destinations in Turkey. We boarded after touring Greece for 7 days and were happy to no longer have to live out of our suitcases! Both embarkation and ... Read More
This cruise was part of an Insight Vacations package cruising 4 Greek islands and 2 destinations in Turkey. We boarded after touring Greece for 7 days and were happy to no longer have to live out of our suitcases! Both embarkation and disembarkation was extremely smooth. Throughout the week that we cruised, we lost and gained passengers at most ports. At the beginning of the cruise, the ship was not very full and we had wonderful service in the dining room. But after gaining a couple hundred passengers, things began to go awry. Nothing big, just lots of confusion over orders and some difficulty getting initial drink orders in and coffee with our desserts. The buffet room got extremely crowded at times! The cruise was adequate overall - the rooms basic, the buffet food barely warm, the dining room service just adequate. I will complement the main dining room food for being very good with a decent menu each night. Also liked that there was an afternoon tea time with nice snacks. We opted to upgrade to the non-premium alcoholic beverages package (1st time we ever did this!) for a very reasonable price. BTW- the drinks on the ship were excellent! This is a smaller and probably older ship with 400 cabins. The only full exterior decks are Deck 5 and Deck 8, which is small. We didn't avail ourselves of the entertainment, but in passing it seemed good. There was not a lot to do on the ship however. The shore excursions were handled by Insight, and were excellent. I think there are not a lot of choices in cruise lines for this itinerary and overall it seemed a bit expensive for the quality of the floating hotel. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
The most surprising part about our outside cabin was the large window. The cabin was specious with two single beds that could be made into a double.The water in the shower was always hot. The cabin attendant was excellent - friendly and ... Read More
The most surprising part about our outside cabin was the large window. The cabin was specious with two single beds that could be made into a double.The water in the shower was always hot. The cabin attendant was excellent - friendly and efficient. The food was excellent! It was delicious with many choices of main meals, vegetables and salads.My husband is celiac and the staff was aware of his dietary restrictions and could easily accommodate his needs, even bringing him his own meals. When a mishap happened with a glass of wine, I was immediately presented with another glass and a bottle of champagne! The tours were well organized, especially the ones to Ephesus (Turkey) and Crete. We arrived a bit late at Mykonos and Santorini, as it was almost sundown. Initially I was reluctant to go on a cruise due to the huge size of the ships but this one was just right with about 800 passengers. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
The ship is very nice! It's a old ship (1992) but renovated in 2016. It's a small ship (only 400 cabins) that's a very good thing. Service is excellent, everybody on board smile. You can lunch on the terrace on three floors ... Read More
The ship is very nice! It's a old ship (1992) but renovated in 2016. It's a small ship (only 400 cabins) that's a very good thing. Service is excellent, everybody on board smile. You can lunch on the terrace on three floors at the rear of the boat and have a great dinner in the aegan restaurant. The food is good. You can choose when you want eat, there's no turns like in others companies (maybe you must wait 5-10 min for a table, but no more). The service is quick and very friendly. You have entertainments all the day and good shows in the evening in the small theatre and two bars with live music (a Cuban band & a Greek band). If you want a minimum of space in your room take a junior suite on the 7 deck, the others rooms are very small, but you have no time to be in your room.... I recommend the all inclusive beverge package for good cocktails and other beverages. We embark in only 15 minutes from the taxi to the boat!!! It's a small boat so it could park in smalls ports. We need only one time the tenders in Santorini. I recommend Celestyal Nefeli! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We sailed with cruise from Izmir to Greek Islands of Chios, Santorini, Rhodes and Crete with Celestyal Nefeli between September 4 and 8, 2016. Overall the management’s philosophy was to keep the costs to a minimum (being cheap) ... Read More
We sailed with cruise from Izmir to Greek Islands of Chios, Santorini, Rhodes and Crete with Celestyal Nefeli between September 4 and 8, 2016. Overall the management’s philosophy was to keep the costs to a minimum (being cheap) resulting in substandard quality. Here are some notes regarding the cruise. The food quality was very poor and selections very limited. The dining room was very crowded with limited seating. The rooms above the entertainment lounge was very loud during entertainment which ended around 12 am. We could not sleep in our room until then. When we complained about this situation, the staff was helpful and changed the room. It appears this is a known problem apparent from staff’s reaction but is not addressed to mitigate. You become aware of it when you are exposed to it. Although more than 95 % of the passengers were Turkish, the first announcement was in English which we thought was not appropriate. Although the service personnel was very helpful and nice, the officers and other staff was crabby and not helpful. Information on transportation (how to go to sightseeing places etc) were not provided (even when asked) and information on sightseeing places were not available. Staff’s main concern was to sell the excursion packages marketed by the cruise. Shore excursions were not well planned. In Chios, the ship arrived too late (on schedule) at 6 pm and the part of the tour was done in dark. The ship sailed very slow to Chios and could have arrived earlier at a faster speed to allow more time at the Island. The time spent at Chios was about 5 hours not enough for anything meaningful to do. The tour at Santorini did not give enough time to spend at Oia, Fira but wasted 3 hours at a meaningless beach. They could have offered the option to get off at Fira as the bus passed through Fira before it went to the beach. We did not buy tours at Rhodes and Crete and visited at our pace and liking which was much better. The rooms were not very clean. Overall, I would not recommend this cruise and suggest exploring alternatives. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Celestyal Nefeli Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.0 4.2
Dining 4.0 3.7
Entertainment 4.0 3.9
Public Rooms 4.0 4.2
Fitness Recreation 3.0 3.1
Family 1.0 3.1
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.7
Enrichment 3.0 3.9
Service 5.0 4.5
Value For Money 5.0 3.9

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