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Celestyal Crystal Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Beyond the Sea! Our Family Loved It!

Celestyal Crystal Cruise Review by Entos

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

We wanted to sail the Aegean and visit Istanbul and Ephesus, and this was the perfect cruise. We sailed from Lavrion, which is about a half-hour from Athens Airport. It's far-less crowded than Piraeus, and our embarkation was fast, easy and stress-free. The Crystal is a lovely ship, spotless, with plenty of great open spaces. Our cabin was on the 7th deck, so we had a view! It was small but comfortable and cozy, and the housekeeping staff checked in and put everything in order twice a day - they were absolutely lovely.

We enjoyed the food immensely - it was delicious. The buffets were endless and offered plenty of healthy options, and we loved the restaurant, the Amalthia, particularly after a hot active day - it was elegant without being stuffy, and the staff was wonderful, particularly as we usually had an exhausted five-and-a-half year-old with us. As for this particular five-and-a-half year-old, the activities were great (paper flowers, fruit carving), as was the music, both Greek and Latin - he was constantly dancing. The service was impeccable - we felt like royalty, and everyone was fantastic, and genuine, with our son. We did and saw so much, and it was organized and safe.

Our stops included Istanbul, Kusadasi (Ephesus), Chios, Santorini, Rhodes, Crete (Agios Nikolaos and Heraklion), Symi (incredible!) and Mykonos. The highlights? Oia in Santorini, Knossos, Old Rhodes, Mykonos Town, Symi and the villages of Mesta and Pyrgi in Chios, hidden spots that astonished everyone on our excursion. Back on board, the gym and sauna were great. Would we go again? Absolutely! Opa.

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Cabin Review

Cabin Deck 7 7011

Small and homey, spotless (cleaned twice per day), great hot shower, big mirror for shaving and makeup, plenty of space for our clothes, and quiet. We slept so well.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Blue Mosque

One of the most beautiful buildings I've ever seen.

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Topkapi Walking Tour

Collection had to compete with the view of the Bosporus and the grounds!

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Old Rhodes is fantastic. Tons of cafes and unique shops, all within the medieval walls. No cars!


So lovely. It's reputation as one of the world's most wonderful islands is deserved.

Fira Walking Tour

Oia is heart-stoppingly beautiful, and we loved wandering the narrow streets of Fira. No cars anywhere, great souvlaki in Fira!

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Oia Village

We could see the entire Caldera! Don't miss Atlantis Books.

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