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Celestyal Crystal Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Fantastic Greek cruise option!

Celestyal Crystal Cruise Review by amw59

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Sep 2019
  • Destination: the Mediterranean

We traveled on the Crystal ship on Celestyal in September, 2019, to the Greek Islands of Mykonos, Milos, Santorini, and Crete, and to Kusadasi, Turkey. It was exactly what we were looking for – comfortable transportation to the islands. There were 915 passengers and 450 crew members. The ship is well-maintained, clean, and efficient. This is not a luxury cruise ship, but it is sufficient, very pleasant, and relatively inexpensive. Our room was nice and clean, and well-furnished, with an ample picture window. The room was cleaned or refreshed at least twice a day. Room staff was very friendly and helpful. The food selection for breakfast and lunch on the buffet was attractive, fresh, and tasty. There was plenty of seating available, indoors or outdoors, to enjoy your meal. Staff cleaned up dishes and tables very quickly. Dinner in the restaurants was lovely. Five-course meal selections were offered each night. The food presentation was excellent, and the food quality was very good. The wait staff was attentive and service was excellent. Entertainment in the main theater was similar each night, but thoroughly enjoyable. There was pre-dinner entertainment nightly in the lounge area, a pianist and violinist, and the music was delightful. I highly recommend cruising with Celestyal.

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A sleepy town, nice to walk around and stop for a bite to eat seaside.


It's a beautiful place. However, it is PACKED with tourists, and bumper to bumper traffic. If you are not able to ride in a cable car, stay home. It's a 587-step walk down, and the stairs are shared with MANY donkeys.

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It was very crowded, and our guide was dull, as well as the site. We didn't really see any of Crete.

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