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Celestyal Crystal Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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214 Reviews

Spectacular destination lineup, enjoyable ship experience

Celestyal Crystal Cruise Review by Dave2Kayak

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Feb 2020
  • Destination: the Mediterranean

The focus was on visiting many antiquities sites which was the main reason we selected this cruise package. Celestyal provided an excellent experience at a good value. Not a new ship or a large ship (900 passengers capacity?) with all the offerings you'd find on larger luxury boats but we found the Crystal to be very adequate for this type of cruise. Clean and well maintained throughout, friendly and responsive staff, enjoyable entertainment (great dance group and Dani is awesome). Each day we had very good experience with the shore excursions, guides, transportation arrangements. Well organized. Appreciated the included drink package as well as 3 excursions (a big reason this cruise is a value).

No serious negatives. I found getting coffee in the morning buffet too challenging (one machine was broke most of the week...traffic jam). Also this trip and ship is geared for the adult experience, boring for kids.

Been on eight previous cruises, lots of fun experiences, but I am thinking this was my favorite. Primarily due to the ports we visited but the whole experience was excellent.


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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

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Bethlehem Walking Tour

Only time in one day to visit some of the highlights but it was an excellent experience. Crowds were considered to be light which helped us progress to see more.

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City Tour

Only time in one day to visit some of the highlights but it was an excellent experience. Crowds were considered to be light which helped us progress to see more.

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Paphos

Beautiful tour of the ancient and medieval castle as well as Aphrodite's Rock. Enjoyable coastal bus ride as well.

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Lindos Walking Tour

Fantastic views, wonderful tour of the Lindos Acropolis and Rhodes Palace.

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Ephesus

Beautiful port and the tour of Ephesus is absolutely fantastic. Helped to be the first bus to arrive at the opening (crowds behind us).

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