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Celestyal Nefeli Activities

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Celestyal Nefeli Entertainment & Activities

Theater

Muses Lounge is the main theater, but if you're more used to a big ship theater done out over two decks, this will feel like a small lounge in comparison. However, you'll be impressed what they achieve here with such limited space.

There is a different themed performance every night -- movies, an extremely racy Moulin Rouge-style cabaret, contemporary music -- which are a revue-type, rather than a show. Almost all the music is in English, although heavily accented as the entire (extremely talented) entertainment team hail from Cuba.

A number of the team are also acrobats, and the shows will be mixed up with extraordinary -- and sometimes quite painful-looking -- acrobatics, which is quite an achievement in such a low-ceilinged space. There are either one or two shows a night, depending on whether the ship is staying late in port, which last for 45 minutes.

Daily Fun

Nefeli calls in at a minimum of one, usually two ports per day, with no sea days, so the emphasis is very much on what's going on off the ship rather than on. However, if you choose to stay onboard you'll find plenty of activities, detailed in the Daily Program. This begins with stretches and aerobics from 8:30 a.m. on the Pool Deck; quizzes, trivia and Pictionary in the afternoon; dancing to Greek music with the live band on the pool deck; various styles of dance lessons inside in the Selene Lounge, napkin and towel folding demos and cooking demos.

At Night

There is a wonderful violinist, Alfredo, who does recitals throughout the day and in the Eros lounge in the early evening. Pianist Indira also plays on and off throughout the day and also after dinner.

The casino is a small room adjacent to the Eros lounge which consists only of slots against each wall and in the middle. Smoking is permitted here for those gambling.

Celestyal Nefeli Bars and Lounges

There are just five bars onboard, which includes two outside bars and the disco, which means most people end up in just one: Eros for pre- and post-dinner drinks. All the inside bars are multi-purpose, so you'll always find something going on, whether that's trivia, dance classes or music recitals.

Eros (Deck 5): Eros is a cafe in the morning serving outstanding specialty coffees, becoming more of a bar as the day presses on, serving a wide variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails, beers and wines. It takes up a large section of the middle of this deck, and spills out along the corridor past the casino and to a lounge area where you'll find live music played on and off throughout the day, as well as trivia and quizzes. It's also the main meeting spot for a pre- or post-dinner cocktail. It can get very crowded ahead of shore excursions, popular recitals and on the Gala Night when the photographers inexplicably set up shop here, blocking the corridor.

Selene (Deck 5): During the day Selene is where you'll find all the indoor dance classes, or sometimes group meetings; in the evening there is a live band, cocktails and dancing.

Eclipse Lounge Bar (Deck 7): Eclipse is the only bar which is not really used much during the day, except sometimes for large group meetings or extended family meetings. However, after dinner it becomes a disco that quite literally goes on until the last person has left. Plenty of seats and tables, a large bar, a dance floor and an outdoor area, for when it gets too hot and sweaty.

Thalassa Bar (Deck 7): Aft bar, with lovely views over the back of the ship and with multi-tiered seating across several decks.

Helios Bar (Deck 8): A large poolside bar serving a variety of drinks and cocktails and snacks to your lounger, which has been cleverly designed with a glass roof and glass front, but with open sides, to provide shelter from the elements. There are a number of tables and fixed wooden bar stools.

Celestyal Nefeli Outside Recreation

Pools

There is just one unheated saltwater pool with a small splash area and two lukewarm hot tubs. Admittedly, the ship is old and a lot of time is spent on land, but when it's sailing full, it's just not adequate, especially out of season when the pool is freezing.

What there is an abundance of is deck chairs -- no worries about chair hogs on Nefeli. There are tables and chairs set either side against the glass sides, with smoking permitted on the port (left) hand side.

Recreation

There is a table tennis table at the aft of Deck 5. You'll also find a darts board here. There is no other recreation.

Sun Decks

The sun deck is on Deck 9, forward, above the main Pool Deck. It can get extremely windy up here.

Celestyal Nefeli Services

Passenger services are on Deck 5. Shore Excursions is next to the Eros Lounge; Reception is towards the rear of the ship, where you'll also find an ATM. The small shop, selling duty-free goods and essentials lies in-between.

The Photo Gallery is one deck below, outside the Aegean Restaurant.

There is a small library on Deck 7, with a variety of books in various languages. You'll find a card room/meeting room on Deck 8.

There is Wi-Fi which costs €7/hour; €15 for three hours and €21 for six hours, but note it is patchy and only works in public spaces, not cabins.

There is no launderette, but there is an excellent same day laundry service for just €19.95 for a very generous sized bag of clothes.

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Celestyal Nefeli Spa & Fitness

Spa

The Sana spa on Deck 8 is small, with just three treatment rooms and a salon for hair and nails. It's split across sides of the ship, with two saunas and two steam rooms opposite. It suffers from its location as when the live band is playing the music is very loud.

The masseuses hail from Bali, and there is an emphasis on traditional Balinese massages, as well as Swedish and hot stone. Prices are in keeping with typical cruise ship prices (i.e. high), starting at €55 for 30 minutes and rising to €96 for an hour. Although you can get a sampler for €27, which offers a choice of 20-minute treatments. 

There is a tiny sauna and steam room each for men and women, and shower and changing facilities.

Fitness

The small gym is at the front of the ship with floor to ceiling glass windows and the following range of equipment: two treadmills, two bikes, three step machines, weights and yoga mats. There are no fitness classes.

Celestyal Nefeli For Kids

The family offering is really not fit for purpose on a ship this size. There is one kids' room, which is only available for up to sevens and open for just a couple of hours a day; no programing; and one crew member who looks as if she would really rather not be there. The room is tiny, consisting of one table, a TV, a slide and some kids' toilets. And one adult has to stay nearby, which completely defeats the purpose.

There are 16 adjoining cabins (se Cabins section).

As noted in Dining, there is a kids' menu available at meal times.

The excellent ShoreEx team will tell you if an excursion is kid- or family-friendly.

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