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Our cabin was #4000, the farthest forward on the port side. It has a window perhaps 5 square feet, deeply recessed in the wall. (You can actually crawl up in there to get a wide view.) Other reviews have done a good job on the ship, but it's funny that the "no TP in the toilet" seems to get more mention than anything. We live in Mexico where you NEVER flush TP outside of some luxury hotels. (And nothing less than the Queen Mary 2 makes exactly the same request!) Everyone compliments the ship's crew and we will too. Universally friendly and helpful! Highly recommend buying at least the "unlimited no alcohol" package, because you don't drink the tap water and every bottle of water is charged for. If you're a drinker, may as well bump up to an alcohol package. MONEY: Cuba's dual-currency system is CONFUSING. Biggest warning I can give is that anytime you get change (for example, from a cab driver) MAKE SURE the money you are getting back is in CUC's (the "convertible peso" used for tourists) and not CUP's (aka "moneda nacional") used by Cubans. The difference is 25 to 1, so check every bill and coin you get back! It was a great week; a totally eye-opening experience.

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Celestyal Crystal Cruise Review by sierradave

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2016
  • Destination: Cuba
Our cabin was #4000, the farthest forward on the port side. It has a window perhaps 5 square feet, deeply recessed in the wall. (You can actually crawl up in there to get a wide view.)

Other reviews have done a good job on the ship, but it's funny that the "no TP in the toilet" seems to get more mention than anything. We live in Mexico where you NEVER flush TP outside of some luxury hotels. (And nothing less than the Queen Mary 2 makes exactly the same request!)

Everyone compliments the ship's crew and we will too. Universally friendly and helpful!

Highly recommend buying at least the "unlimited no alcohol" package, because you don't drink the tap water and every bottle of water is charged for. If you're a drinker, may as well bump up to an alcohol package.

MONEY: Cuba's dual-currency system is CONFUSING. Biggest warning I can give is that anytime you get change (for example, from a cab driver) MAKE SURE the money you are getting back is in CUC's (the "convertible peso" used for tourists) and not CUP's (aka "moneda nacional") used by Cubans. The difference is 25 to 1, so check every bill and coin you get back!

It was a great week; a totally eye-opening experience.
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