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After reading so many negative things about this cruise, we were constantly surprised by the quality of the trip. The size of the ship was perfect for such an important destination. We chose this cruise because of the number of ports visited in Cuba. It did not disappoint. It only wet our appetite for another visit to this amazing island nation. And we're glad we went when we did. The people and culture will begin to change quickly. It's a sleeping culture with lots of entrepreneurs just waiting for the chance to take off. The staff was amazing, the ship was clean and just the right size. Had all amenities on a limited scale. And the beverage package and shore excursions included were great. The required cultural lectures were an added bonus. The young PhD from the University of Havana was extremely knowledgeable and open to all our questions. The entertainers (all Cubans) were amazing. So talented. And the music performed by the orchestra was perfect. Had lectures on everything from history to cigars, salsa dancing to economics. We found the food to be good and plentiful. Only a dining room and buffet, but both open for breakfast lunch and dinner. Also pasta bar and hamburgers set up poolside. The chef was Jamaican so that affected the selections. Some definitely had jerk seasoning. Enjoyed the chance to be with fellow passengers while dining. But enjoyed a table for 2 at dinner. Came to trust our waiter for his pick of the menu. He never steered us wrong. The passenger mix was amazing. Canadians, Europeans (with lots from northern Europe), Caribbean islanders, Mexicans, and very few US citizens. We all had the common interest in discovering this fascinating culture. Lots of ribbing about our recent election. Made some good friends.

A lovely experience

Celestyal Crystal Cruise Review by Papa O

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2016
  • Destination: Cuba
After reading so many negative things about this cruise, we were constantly surprised by the quality of the trip. The size of the ship was perfect for such an important destination. We chose this cruise because of the number of ports visited in Cuba. It did not disappoint. It only wet our appetite for another visit to this amazing island nation.

And we're glad we went when we did. The people and culture will begin to change quickly. It's a sleeping culture with lots of entrepreneurs just waiting for the chance to take off.

The staff was amazing, the ship was clean and just the right size. Had all amenities on a limited scale. And the beverage package and shore excursions included were great. The required cultural lectures were an added bonus. The young PhD from the University of Havana was extremely knowledgeable and open to all our questions. The entertainers (all Cubans) were amazing. So talented. And the music performed by the orchestra was perfect. Had lectures on everything from history to cigars, salsa dancing to economics.

We found the food to be good and plentiful. Only a dining room and buffet, but both open for breakfast lunch and dinner. Also pasta bar and hamburgers set up poolside. The chef was Jamaican so that affected the selections. Some definitely had jerk seasoning. Enjoyed the chance to be with fellow passengers while dining. But enjoyed a table for 2 at dinner. Came to trust our waiter for his pick of the menu. He never steered us wrong.

The passenger mix was amazing. Canadians, Europeans (with lots from northern Europe), Caribbean islanders, Mexicans, and very few US citizens. We all had the common interest in discovering this fascinating culture. Lots of ribbing about our recent election. Made some good friends.
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