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Celestyal Crystal Review

4.5 / 5.0
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Great way to experience a flavour of Cuba

Review for Celestyal Crystal to Cuba
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2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Nov 2016
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Plaza Vieja Old Havana
Plaza Vieja Old Havana
Cathedral Square Old Havana
Old Havana guided Tour
Leaving Port of Havana
Celestyal Crystal docked in Cienfuegos
Cienfuegos from the ship
Cienfuegos Jose Marti square
Cienfuegos street scene
Cienfuegos Jose Marti square
Cienfuegos old Spanish hotel now a restaurant
Cienfuegos old Spanish hotel now a restaurant
leaving Cienfuegos
Greenwood Great House, Jamaica
Montego Bay
Montego Bay Sunset taken from the Ship
Montego Bay
Falmouth, Jamaica
Falmouth, Jamaica
View from the Veranda of Greenwood Great House, Jamaica
Montego Bay
El Castillo De Morro, Santiago de Cuba
El Castillo De Morro, Santiago de Cuba
Santiago de Cuba
Santiago de Cuba
Santiago de Cuba
Santiago de Cuba
Santiago de Cuba
Santiago de Cuba
leaving Santiago de Cuba

We didn't fancy traveling over land to reach Cienfuegos & Santiago, cruising seemed to be the best way to travel. We didn't expect or want luxury so we weren't disappointed by this cruise. It was well organised with friendly crew across all areas & lively entertainment. We arrived in Cuba on day 3 of Castro's mourning period but fortunately for us, music, dancing & alcohol were allowed on board, however, when ashore Cuba wasn't its usual vibrant self. We followed the cruise with a 3 night stay in Havana, fortunately this coincided with the end of the mourning period, so Havana came to life again during these 3 days, but still not as lively as expected.

Given that our cruise coincided with such an historic period in Cuban history, this was a very enjoyable cruise and one we would recommend if you want to experience a flavour of Cuba.

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Cabin XB

Our cabin on deck 5 was bigger than expected & looked out across the promenade deck, which wasn't a problem as this part of the deck wasn't always accessible to passengers. When it was accessible passengers couldn’t see through the cabin window as the glass was one way view outwards. The cabin was cleaned every morning with a turn down service every night.

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