Since we live in Athens, and our last cruises were abreoad, we though it would be a great idea to combinbe cruising from our home port (no need for flights and hotels) and our summer vacations which we traditionally have in Greece.
Emkarkation was quick taking into account the old cruise terminal of Piraeus port (about 40 minutes from baggage drop off until on board) and we were amazed that the cabins were ready and the luggage showed up 15 minutes later. So no walking around dragging carry ons.
Crystal is an aged but very well aged and maintained cruise ship. it's better to thing of it as a mega-yacht rather than a small cruise ship. The itinerary is destination oriented meaning you get 24 hrs in Mykonos 10 hours in Milos, 48 hrs in Santorini, 12 in Heraclion Crete, and half a day in Kusadasi Turkey.
Small but functional, always very clean, and comfortable bed. Typical en suite bathroom with (thankfully) no shower curtain but a glass screen, included soap, shower gel and shampoo from wall mounted dispensers. Being a guy, I did not need much else. Women should bring their own...
Only issue which should be rectified, no fridge. There was bottled mineral water brough in daily (0.5eur 500ml bottle, 1.25Eur 1.5lt bottle which is the same or less than you can get in at shore) which was kept cool due to the room's A/C but we did miss having cold drinks available in our cabin.
The A/C is good.
TV channels could do with an update/more variety, however not an issue at all, one should not spend time watching TV on a cruise, espacially in the Greek islands!
Go to the Bazaar!!!
Rented car, drove around, reccomended!
Overly touristic and expensive. Eat at the ship, walk around duringt at night at the old town,. Mykonos can be great if you don't fall for the overly expensive beach clubs at restaurants. Do your research!
Avoid the metro or buses to get to port (I live here take my word for it - unless you want to be dragging your luggage around in the hot sun). Take a taxi, cheap convenient and reliable.