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I chose this cruise for its itinerary which started from Montego Bay, Jamaica, and circumnavigated Cuba, stopping at Santiago de Cuba, Havana, and Cienfuegos. The ship was quite nice, well maintained. The staff was very friendly and helpful,the food was excellent, and the entertainment was outstanding. The included tours of the three cities, and the drinks package were good deals. The only extra expense was the $149 each cost for the Tropicana Club evening. That was actually worth it! The person-to-person enrichment lectures by a U of Havana historian were very informative. There were also documentary movies about Cuban history and Afro-Cuban music and dance. Americans received a certificate at the end of the cruise, which could be used to satisfy a current US Treasury requirement that travel to Cuba be for educational/humanitarian reasons. The ship was way below its capacity of 1200 passengers. While that is great for the passengers who are onboard, the company deserves more business, considering what a great time we had. I am happy to recommend this cruise.

A Great Value

Celestyal Crystal Cruise Review by harrynew1

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2017
  • Destination: Cuba
I chose this cruise for its itinerary which started from Montego Bay, Jamaica, and circumnavigated Cuba, stopping at Santiago de Cuba, Havana, and Cienfuegos.

The ship was quite nice, well maintained. The staff was very friendly and helpful,the food was excellent, and the entertainment was outstanding.

The included tours of the three cities, and the drinks package were good deals. The only extra expense was the $149 each cost for the Tropicana Club evening. That was actually worth it!

The person-to-person enrichment lectures by a U of Havana historian were very informative. There were also documentary movies about Cuban history and Afro-Cuban music and dance. Americans received a certificate at the end of the cruise, which could be used to satisfy a current US Treasury requirement that travel to Cuba be for educational/humanitarian reasons.

The ship was way below its capacity of 1200 passengers. While that is great for the passengers who are onboard, the company deserves more business, considering what a great time we had.

I am happy to recommend this cruise.
Celestyal Cruises 1, Passenger Services @Celestyal Cruises has responded
Thank you for taking the time to review your cruise experience on board the Crystal in Cuba. Your compliments give us an immense pleasure and are a testament to the hard work and dedication of our wonderful crew. We will make sure to convey your kind words to the appropriate on board departments . We hope to welcome you again on one of our future cruises.
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of The Independent Traveler, Inc.
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Cabin 3111
Fine. No improvements needed. They put the beds together to make a seamless king.