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Celestyal Olympia Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Very good if you manage your expectations

Celestyal Olympia Cruise Review by kelfoddul

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jul 2013
  • Destination: Greece

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.


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