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Celestyal Crystal Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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A wonderful discovery of the greek island with an aging ship

Celestyal Crystal Cruise Review by Hol the Viking

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2016
  • Destination: the Eastern Mediterranean

Did deceide for this cruise because of the destinations (Greek Islands Mykonos, Santorin, Simi, Chios, Crete, Istanbul and Kusadasi - Ephesus).

Did know that the ship was a bit outdated and could coop with that.

- Cabin was ok, but bath room a bit small and aged. Cleaning staff did a great job.

- Service in the Service Restaurant (not Buffet Rest.), Bars was very good. Reception people where a bit cool.

- Entertainment and shows where ok (opinion of myself as a german !).

- Small covered pool, surrounded by tables (part of buffet restaurant) not too nice.

- Expensive wellness area. Gym equipment could be better.

- Enough room to relax away from bars.

Not good:

- Safety drill after embarkation in Rhodes was a joke!!!! It took place in the show lounge. How to wear the life west and were to find the meeting spots was all! No assembly at the dedicated areas, no calling of names.

- Pollution!!!!!! Everytime after leaving the harbours and switching to cruide oil it did rain "Tar - Flakes" on the rear decks. Not to mention the a mount of smoke and Co2 all over. Even the air con did blow smoke into the cabin.

- The offer of the selfservice buffet was below average. Very little taste and vegetables out of cans. Breakfast buffet was acceptable. Restaurant feeling was like in a canteen.

We had always dinner in the service restaurant which was quite good incl. the staff.

- We took the optional "Drink Package with alcohol". Was a bit disappointing as only one choice of red/white (by the glas) house vine was included as well as just standard drinks/cocktails. No fresh juices and "Cocktails of the day" included. Water in the cabin one had to pay for.

- We only booked one excursion, Ephesus. With 68 € p. person expensive; however we had a guide and an exciting tour. But, after 1 1/2 hours sightseeing we ended up in a carpet store and have been bored by a sales event. A nightmare!!! 1 1/2 hours of suffering. Paying for the very interesting Ephus excursion is ok but sponsering a carpet dealer is a shame!


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Cabin Review

Cabin Mini Suite w. Balcony 7204

Cabin was ok. Very quiet location. A bit aged like the whole ship. Room enough for storage. Bath a bit small. Should not be called Mini Suite as it is just a standard cabin w. balcony.


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