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We booked this cruise in order to see Cuba - an economical and convenient to see 4 ports. The cities we visited were very interesting, especially Havana, and we were not disappointed in any way. The tours we booked from the ship were excellent, and allowed us to learn about the Cuban culture. Unfortunately, most of what we saw was in pretty bad shape, with buildings and roads crumbling and needing significant updating. The ship itself was what we expected: an older ship with no real character or amenities. The food was pretty bad, especially breakfast. Meals were served at specific times with nothing available in between the 3 daily servings. Most of the time the meals were overcooked and dry. The shows and lectures were surprisingly good. Some of the bars would close at 8 pm in the evening and tell you to go elsewhere if you wanted a drink. The the "all inclusive" drink package was odd: they would take your room card and leave, then bring you a drink sometimes up to 30 or 40 minutes later. A couple times we gave up and had to hunt down the waiter in order to get our room key back. Bartenders were not allowed to serve you a drink unless you found a waiter and gave them your room card. Very odd and inconvenient. Good service in our room which was very adequate. Overall, a great way to see Cuba; just do not expect much from the ship.

Great way to see Cuba

Celestyal Crystal Cruise Review by cruiselover55555

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: March 2016
  • Destination: Cuba
We booked this cruise in order to see Cuba - an economical and convenient to see 4 ports. The cities we visited were very interesting, especially Havana, and we were not disappointed in any way. The tours we booked from the ship were excellent, and allowed us to learn about the Cuban culture. Unfortunately, most of what we saw was in pretty bad shape, with buildings and roads crumbling and needing significant updating.

The ship itself was what we expected: an older ship with no real character or amenities. The food was pretty bad, especially breakfast. Meals were served at specific times with nothing available in between the 3 daily servings. Most of the time the meals were overcooked and dry.

The shows and lectures were surprisingly good. Some of the bars would close at 8 pm in the evening and tell you to go elsewhere if you wanted a drink. The the "all inclusive" drink package was odd: they would take your room card and leave, then bring you a drink sometimes up to 30 or 40 minutes later. A couple times we gave up and had to hunt down the waiter in order to get our room key back. Bartenders were not allowed to serve you a drink unless you found a waiter and gave them your room card. Very odd and inconvenient.

Good service in our room which was very adequate.

Overall, a great way to see Cuba; just do not expect much from the ship.
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