Celestyal Journey Review

A much better Journey than expected!

Review for Europe - Greek Isles Cruise on Celestyal Journey
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Granny Liz
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Sep 2023

We wanted to experience some Greek islands which we haven't visited before and with the late night stays in Santorini and Mykonos we went with Celestyal as the local experts. We had a week on Crete first before joining the ship (I didn't know you could join the cruise at ports other than Piraeus). The only problem here is that there is no one shore side to assist with your luggage until you are at the gangway (a minor thing for most but may be an issue for some). You are then met by crew with your boarding cards and, with help from housekeeping, taken to your cabin with your luggage (no waiting for cases to be delivered!). I was concerned having read reports of problems with the initial sailing but found very little cause for concern. The TV didn't work on the first day but then was ok. Our main issue was the position of our cabin on Deck 6 which was below the galley. Work during the night meant lots of noise including some very loud banging. We reported the problem to Reception and a senior waiter and, although there was still some noise the loud banging stopped. The promenade deck is a proper one - you can walk all the way round but it is strangely empty with no seating.

The crew are all very friendly and welcoming. The food was good overall. We were disappointed that the Premium Drinks Package had recently been changed and there was a limited choice of wines included but we managed! The cruise director, Theresa, and her assistant, Vladimir, are amazing linguists speaking at least 4 languages each! The announcements in several languages can be a little tiresome but there were lots of nationalities on board.

The shows in the theatre were brilliant with a lot of acrobatics. Choose your seat carefully as some had a restricted view.

Cabin Review

Position was good in that it was one floor up to the MDR but poor as it was under the Galley. Deck 6 is the promenade deck so window looked onto that (keep the net curtains closed!) Comfortable bed and spacious bathroom with bath/tub. Loads of storage space and plenty of hangers.

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Athens (Piraeus)

There is a marked walk around the town - follow the yellow men painted on the pavements. This wasn't mentioned when we asked at reception for a map or by the information point at the port! There is a board as you leave the port area showing the route and it may be worth taking a picture of it as we lost sight of the yellow men a couple of times and had to guess to find them again (there are some places where a kiosk or bollard has been placed over them!)

Kusadasi

Very busy town with so many shops! We went on a ship's excursion here - the Dune Buggy ride which was great fun. After about 30 mins you stop beside the seashore for a break and to change drivers. It was a beautiful spot sadly spoiled by the rubbish, particularly plastic bottles.

Milos

Pretty little town for a walk with a small beach.

Mykonos

Very pretty town with lots of small streets to wander. Easy to see the famous windmills and Little Venice.

Thessaloniki

Bit disappointing. It was a Sunday and most shops were closed. We walked up to a church for a view back to the ship.

Crete (Heraklion)

We had the day to spare before our evening flight home so took our luggage to the airport storage and spent the day wandering around the town. Bus back to the airport was 2 euros each and took 15 minutes.

Santorini

We did a ship's excursion here mainly so we could get ashore early. We visited Oia which was very crowded but lovely. Then went to a beach resort, up to the highest point of the island and then wine tasting. Our guide took us so far at each point and we then had plenty of free time before finding our own way back to the coach. At the end of the trip, we were given cable car tickets so we could return to the ship in our own time. The ship was due to sail at midnight so we stayed to watch the sun set and then found there was no queue for the cable car (other ships had left by then).

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