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Celestyal Crystal Review

4.5 / 5.0
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The ship is a great way to see a few areas in Cuba.

Review for Celestyal Crystal to Cuba
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6-10 Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Dec 2017

We just returned yesterday, having flown in to Havana and out of Havana (from Miami from/to Dallas). Rather than go in to Montego Bay (not a huge fan of Jamaica, and have been there a few times) and get on the ship, I wanted to go the Havana route. We got in 2 days early to really see Havana and get a feel for the city. We wanted a smaller ship and one that hit more than just Havana for a day.

It was definitely worthwhile and we are very happy we did it. Being from the U.S., we were part of the people-to-people program, which meant that we had different tours (don’t know why) and a couple of different presentations on the ship. The ship stays 2 days in Havana, 1 day at sea going counterclockwise around to the central city of Cienfuegos, then down to Jamaica, then back up to Cuba to hit Santiago, then another day at sea to keep on the way to Havana. We had tours that were part of the cost—in Cienfuegos, in Havana, in Santiago. The buses were really nice and the tour guides were perfect—Cubanacan tour company. English was great, they answered our questions, and did not shy away form tough questions about poverty, the government, etc.

It was nice having the drinks as part of the package. There really isn't much of a reason to upgrade to the gold package (the standard is the blue package). The wine was fine, not great. The gold package has some better wines, some better scotch (although my husband the scotch-drinker said that he did not think that Glenfiddich was a premium scotch--it is on the gold package). The ship has a buffet eating area, the Leda, as well as the Amalthia formal dining room. There is also the Olympus dining room, which was not open. There was a variety of food possibilities in the buffet, as well as the dining room. The food was good, not exceptionally wonderful. This did not bother my husband and me since we went on this trip to learn about Cuba, not eating all day.

Response from TimL, Passenger Services @Celestyal Cruises

Thank you for sharing your experience on board the Crystal with us. We are delighted that you have enjoyed your cruise and that you chose to experience the wonders of Cuba with Celestyal...

Cabin Review

Cabin junior balcony

Our cabin 7028 was way at the back of the ship, right in the best area to quickly get down to the restaurants, pool, lounges, etc . REALLY quiet. And 20 steps got us to the back sundeck where almost nobody ever was--chairs, lots of sun as well as shade. It was my own almost-private patio. Had enough space for our stuff. The little balcony was very nice to have.

Port Reviews


Nice little town, great walking tour with Halbert. He was a scream, keeping us laughing. Not that much to see, but some pretty buildings. Went to a little neighborhood with arts, dancing, etc.

Montego Bay

Sorry, not a big fan of Jamaica. We actually stayed on the ship that day.

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