Celestyal Journey Review

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Sail Date: Mar 2024
Celestyal Journey in Chios
Celestyal Journey in Mykonos

This is our second cruise with Celestyal, and will not be our last. The staff from the Celestyal Crystal had transferred to the Celestyal Journey, and we were delighted to be remembered by many of them, which increased our cruise enjoyment.

Originally a three week cruise to start with the Three Continents, which was changed to a new itinerary, due to the conflict in Gaza. For the first week, the ship was quite empty (many had cancelled because of the changed itinerary), the second week was packed to the rafters, and the third week, 2/3 full. Each of the three weeks had its own identity due to the huge differences in nationalities on board. Cruisers were a blend of Greeks, Bulgarians, Russian speakers, Americans, Australians, French, Germans, Spanish and British (mainly). There were also a smattering of Asian guests.

The small ship vibe was perfect and we felt very at home. Mr Herbert, the Maitre D' in Thalassa restaurant was once again exceptional, and I felt very confident in his hands (as someone with a food allergy, this is very important to me). His staff were just brilliant. A special mention to Ricky, Rico, Ricardo & Zdenek; waiters who go above and beyond to make meals a memorable experience. Wine waiter Cris was a delight; and Ivan & Darlington, and our friend from Mauritius in the Honey & Fig juice bar, were all friendly and helpful.

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Athens (Piraeus)

Direct embarkation from the airport is possible, via the metro and bus number 843 which drops you just outside the port. Costs 9 euros from the airport, or 1 euro 30 cents on a 90 minute ticket from anywhere in the Athens area.

Crete (Heraklion)

Knossos is possible by yourself on the hop on Hop off bus. Don't miss the archaeological museum in Heraklion after Knossos. Heraklion itself is worth a walk around, possible directly from the port.


Either for Ephesus or the Kusadasi town itself (castle, waterfront, sculptures, old town)


Our favourite port by far. Plaka, the archaeological museum in Plaka amazing - just knock very loudly on the front door or you will think it's closed. Site of Venus de Milo, the amphitheatre and catacombs are all easy on the local bus from the bus station just 2oometres from where the tender drops you off. Sarakiniko beach is possible as well on the local bus. Don't forget the mining museum!


Always a lovely port to visit. The museum is easy to miss, if you don't know where it is (half way between either the bus drop off if ship is docked and the town, or a short walk from the tender drop off). It has the incredible Trojan pot.


Empty when you are the only ship in town, or chaos when three ships at tender. Oia can be easily done on the local bus. Akrotiri is well worth a visit on the local bus, for the sheer scale of the archaeological site (all under a roof)


Great to walk round by yourself, or take a cruise organised trip to Pelle and Vergine which is breath-taking

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