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Celestyal Olympia Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Early start of tours just killed it for us

Celestyal Olympia Cruise Review by Rob101

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2017
  • Destination: Greece

We chose this cruise as it fit in with our schedule, and allowed us to sample many Greek islands. It was booked via a travel agent, and included several tours and a 'blue' alcohol package. The travel agent would have liked to arrange their own tours at the islands but Celestyal does not accommodate that.

The ship is older but very clean and the staff works very hard to make a good experience. We really appreciated their efforts. We did not expect a lot of onboard activities or gourmet cuisine as we understand this is a small ship designed to tour the islands. However, the overall itinerary is just grueling to the point of making us cranky. The schedule is for very early tours, leave an island before noon, sail from noon to 4pm, then another island for the evening. This only works well if you like naps in the afternoon, which most Americans don't. We were up every day at 6 a.m, and then were bored while the ship was sailing in the afternoon.

We pretty much swore off cruising at this point - feels too much like a forced march. Wish we had just visited a single island for those 4 days and relaxed.

Tour guides for the shore excursions are good and the excursions are pretty good overall; it is the scheduling that is hard. And the organization to get off the boat is confusing and ends up with a lot of time waiting around for your number to be called.

If you are a wine aficionado note the 'blue' alcohol package comes with a single brand of 'house' wine that is not very good, and the premium wines available at the bar are not too much better. This is a shame as Greece has so many inexpensive but excellent local wines. But it is a pretty good package for other drink options.

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Cabin Review

Cabin XD 3104

very small but adequate; standard window cabin. Little storage. No seating other than small chair at dressing table and bed. We had to move bed ourselves to push together (came as bunk at each side).

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