Celestyal Crystal

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Celestyal Cruises

Current cruise:
7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Cuba
24 Mar, 2017 - 31 Mar, 2017

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Celestyal Crystal Review and Specifications

Specifications of Celestyal Crystal

Flag state Greece
Builder Wartsila Marine Perno Shipyard (Turku, Finland)
Year built 1980
Building cost USD 140 million
Owner Louis Group Plc
Operator Celestyal Cruises
Speed 21 kn / 39 kph / 24 mph
Length (LOA) 158 m / 518 ft
Beam (width) 25 m / 82 ft
Gross Tonnage 25611 gt
Passengers 1200 - 1452
Crew 400
Passengers-to-space ratio 27
Decks 9
Cabins 480
Decks with cabins 9
Last Refurbishment 2014
Former names Viking Saga, Sally, MS Albatross, MS Silja Opera, Louis Cristal

Review of Celestyal Crystal

MS Celestyal Crystal cruise ship (previously sailing as “Louis Cristal”) was built in 1980 as Viking Saga ferry ship for Rederi Ab Sally. Celestyal Crystal is a luxurious passenger liner with an unique yacht–like advanced design and a cruising speed of 18 knots. Stylish lounges, cozy dining venues and open promenades make the experience of sailing with the Louis Cruises line (renamed to Celestyal Cruises) really memorable. Celestyal Crystal cruise ship

History - construction & ownership

After a fire damaged ship’s entire superstructure in 1990 during a reconstruction, the burnt-out hull was used as the basis of the brand new Sally Eurocruiser ferry boat. The diesel engines were kept from the original ship. The hull was lengthened by 13m, the passenger capacity increased by 452 berths. The rebuilding cost USD 140 mill. In 2014 Louis Cruises announced the launching of a new authentic Greek experience cruise brand and currently, the two sister ships, Louis Cristal and Louis Olympia (Celestyal Olympia) are branded Celestyal Cruises.

Cruise itinerary program 

Celestyal Crystal itinerary program is based on three to eight-day Greek islands cruises in the Eastern Mediterranean leaving from Turkey. During winter, the ship operates in the Caribbean Sea on Cuba cruises out of Havana and Montego Bay (Jamaica). Transatlantic crossings are offered on repositioning between Europe and Caribbean.

Starting in November 2016, the ship operates on year-round cruises to Cuba and Jamaica with roundtrip departures from Havana and Montego Bay.Celestyal Crystal cruise ship

Cabins

Celestyal Crystal accommodates 1,200 travelers and features 476 large staterooms. Of all Celestyal Crystal cabins, 53  (all Suite-grade accommodations) feature private balcony views. Because of its old design, rooms sizes and types vary greatly. The total number of cabin categories is 17.

Dining options - Food & Drinks

Olympus Restaurant is the main dining room onboard Celestyal Crystal. It is complimentary, features Greek cuisine specialties, and also has a dinner a la carte menu. The MDR restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Thalassa Bar serves restaurant’s outdoor seating area and also offers traditional Greek coffee. The L-shaped Amalthia Restaurant is the buffet style restaurant open for breakfast and lunch, with waiter service for dinner between 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. The breakfast menu includes hot food choices, yogurt, cereals and juices. There is a 4-course dinner menu with starters, soup/salad, main dishes, desserts.

Entertainment options - Fun & Sport

Passengers might also enjoy a huge array of facilities and diverse onboard activities, all with the relief of a modern and sophisticated cruise liner. The Muses Lounge is ship’s 2-deck high theater and main show lounge with tiered seating and a dance floor. The grand-style entertainment program offers live music and dance shows, as well as magician and acrobatic performances. The Casino, served by the Eros Bar, offers gaming tables and several slot machines. There is also a video arcade and small library. The conference room Symposium hosts lectures, seminars, corporate meetings and conferences at sea. Eros Lounge & Bar is ship's Wi-Fi spot and offers live band music performances and large-size TVs for live sporting events.

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  • Cabin grades number: 17
  • Total number of cabins: 480 (of which 10 Balcony, 163 Inside, 6 wheelchair-accessible)
  • Dining Rooms: Amalthia Restaurant, Olympus Restaurant.
  • Restaurants and food bars: Leda & Aura (casual dining).
  • Lounges & Bars: Horizons Bar, Thalassa Bar, Helios Pool Bar, Muses Lounge (2-deck), Eros Lounge, Symposium (conference room), Wheel House.
  • Wellness Center, Sana Beauty Center, sauna, gym, swimming pool (2), Jacuzzi, medical center, Internet area, video arcade, casino, duty free and travel value shop (Agora), photo shop.
  • MS Celestyal Crystal cruise ship (ex-Louis Cristal) was originally built in 1980 as ms Viking Saga (cruise ferry ship) for Rederi Ab Sally.
  • In January 1990, during a reconstruction at Finnboda Shipyard (Nacka, Sweden), the vessel's entire superstructure was damaged by a fire beyond repair. The burnt-out hull was cut into several sections, which were transported to Finnyards shipyard (Rauma, Finland) and used as the basis of a brand new ferry boat named "Sally Eurocruiser" (without cardeck). The ship's hull was also lengthened by 13m, and the passenger capacity was increased by 452. The marine diesel engines were one notable part retained from the original Viking Saga ship. The rebuilding cost approximately 700 mill Finnish markka (USD 140 mill). As this was a completely new vessel, in most sources she is usually listed as such.
  • In September 2014 Louis Cruises announced that the company is launching a new brand with authentic Greek cruising experience. The two ships, Louis Olympia and Louis Cristal, are branded Celestyal Cruises now. In 2015, they were renamed Celestyal Olympia and "Celestyal Crystal".
  • In 2015, a time-chartered vessel was added to the fleet - Celestyal Odyssey (now Glory Sea). In 2016, the company purchased the Celestyal Nefeli (former MS Gemini).

Cuba cruise itineraries 2016-2017

In May 2016, Celestyal Cruises announced the company will operate with Celestyal Crystal year-round, round-trip Caribbean cruises leaving out of Havana Cuba (starting November 21, 2016) and also from Montego Bay Jamaica. The Caribbean itinerary program (December through March) will be followed by summer Mediterranean round-trip itineraries out of Greece (Piraeus-Athens, Lavrion) and Turkey (Kusadasi-Ephesus, Cesme). The line's Cuba operations were formerly branded for the North American market as "Cuba Cruise".

  • Celestyal Cruises' Cuban itinerary includes 2 days (overnight stay) in Havana before departure, and visits Maria La Gorda (later replaced by Punta Frances), Santiago de Cuba and Cienfuegos. Departures from Cuba are on Mondays, and from Jamaica - on Fridays.
  • In June 2016, Celestyal announced adding a new Cuban port of call (Punta Frances) to its 2016-2017 Caribbean itinerary program. The new port replaced Maria La Gorda on the Celestyal Crystal's 7-day itinerary to Cuba. Located on Isla de la Juventud, Punta Frances has nearly 2 miles of white sand beaches.

The revised 7-day Cuban itinerary is operated between November 2016 through the 2017's end. These are all-inclusive deals with embarkation in either Havana or Montego Bay.

  • Havana (Tuesday – departure at 5 pm
  • Punta Frances (Wednesday – port stay 1 pm - 6 pm)
  • Cienfuegos (Thursday – port stay 7 am - 3 pm)
  • Montego Bay (Friday – arrival 8 am, departure at 8 pm)
  • Santiago de Cuba (Saturday – port stay 8 am - 4 pm)
  • Sea day (Sunday)
  • Havana (Monday - arrival at 9:30 am)

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Celestyal Crystal Itineraries 2017

The below listed Celestyal Crystal cruise prices on 2017 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Celestyal Cruises fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

Departure
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06 March 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Cuba
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07 Mar      Departing from Havana, Cuba   
08 Mar 08:00 - 15:00     Maria la Gorda, Cuba   
09 Mar 08:00 - 15:00     Cienfuegos, Cuba   
10 Mar 08:00 - 20:00     Montego Bay, Jamaica   
11 Mar 08:00 - 16:00     Santiago de Cuba   
13 Mar      Arriving in Havana, Cuba   
10 March 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Cuba
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10 Mar      Departing from Montego Bay, Jamaica   
11 Mar 08:00 - 16:00     Santiago de Cuba   
13 Mar 09:00 - 17:00     Havana, Cuba   
15 Mar 08:00 - 15:00     Maria la Gorda, Cuba   
16 Mar 08:00 - 15:00     Cienfuegos, Cuba   
17 Mar      Arriving in Montego Bay, Jamaica   
13 March 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Cuba
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14 Mar      Departing from Havana, Cuba   
15 Mar 08:00 - 15:00     Maria la Gorda, Cuba   
16 Mar 08:00 - 15:00     Cienfuegos, Cuba   
17 Mar 08:00 - 20:00     Montego Bay, Jamaica   
18 Mar 08:00 - 16:00     Santiago de Cuba   
20 Mar      Arriving in Havana, Cuba   
17 March 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Cuba
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17 Mar      Departing from Montego Bay, Jamaica   
18 Mar 08:00 - 16:00     Santiago de Cuba   
20 Mar 09:00 - 17:00     Havana, Cuba   
22 Mar 08:00 - 15:00     Maria la Gorda, Cuba   
23 Mar 08:00 - 15:00     Cienfuegos, Cuba   
24 Mar      Arriving in Montego Bay, Jamaica   
20 March 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Cuba
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21 Mar      Departing from Havana, Cuba   
22 Mar 08:00 - 15:00     Maria la Gorda, Cuba   
23 Mar 08:00 - 15:00     Cienfuegos, Cuba   
24 Mar 08:00 - 20:00     Montego Bay, Jamaica   
25 Mar 08:00 - 16:00     Santiago de Cuba   
27 Mar      Arriving in Havana, Cuba   
24 March 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Cuba
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24 Mar      Departing from Montego Bay, Jamaica   
25 Mar 08:00 - 16:00     Santiago de Cuba   
27 Mar 09:00 - 17:00     Havana, Cuba   
29 Mar 08:00 - 15:00     Maria la Gorda, Cuba   
30 Mar 08:00 - 15:00     Cienfuegos, Cuba   
31 Mar      Arriving in Montego Bay, Jamaica   
27 March 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Cuba
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28 Mar      Departing from Havana, Cuba   
29 Mar 08:00 - 15:00     Maria la Gorda, Cuba   
30 Mar 08:00 - 15:00     Cienfuegos, Cuba   
31 Mar 08:00 - 20:00     Montego Bay, Jamaica   
01 Apr 08:00 - 16:00     Santiago de Cuba   
03 Apr      Arriving in Havana, Cuba   
31 March 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Cuba
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31 Mar      Departing from Montego Bay, Jamaica   
01 Apr 08:00 - 16:00     Santiago de Cuba   
03 Apr 09:00 - 17:00     Havana, Cuba   
05 Apr 08:00 - 15:00     Maria la Gorda, Cuba   
06 Apr 08:00 - 15:00     Cienfuegos, Cuba   
07 Apr      Arriving in Montego Bay, Jamaica   
03 April 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Cuba
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04 Apr      Departing from Havana, Cuba   
05 Apr 08:00 - 15:00     Maria la Gorda, Cuba   
06 Apr 08:00 - 15:00     Cienfuegos, Cuba   
07 Apr 08:00 - 20:00     Montego Bay, Jamaica   
08 Apr 08:00 - 16:00     Santiago de Cuba   
10 Apr      Arriving in Havana, Cuba   
07 April 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Cuba
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07 Apr      Departing from Montego Bay, Jamaica   
08 Apr 08:00 - 16:00     Santiago de Cuba   
10 Apr 09:00 - 17:00     Havana, Cuba   
12 Apr 08:00 - 15:00     Maria la Gorda, Cuba   
13 Apr 08:00 - 15:00     Cienfuegos, Cuba   
14 Apr      Arriving in Montego Bay, Jamaica   
10 April 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Cuba
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11 Apr      Departing from Havana, Cuba   
12 Apr 08:00 - 15:00     Maria la Gorda, Cuba   
13 Apr 08:00 - 15:00     Cienfuegos, Cuba   
14 Apr 08:00 - 20:00     Montego Bay, Jamaica   
15 Apr 08:00 - 16:00     Santiago de Cuba   
17 Apr      Arriving in Havana, Cuba   
14 April 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Cuba
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14 Apr      Departing from Montego Bay, Jamaica   
15 Apr 08:00 - 16:00     Santiago de Cuba   
17 Apr 09:00 - 17:00     Havana, Cuba   
19 Apr 08:00 - 15:00     Maria la Gorda, Cuba   
20 Apr 08:00 - 15:00     Cienfuegos, Cuba   
21 Apr      Arriving in Montego Bay, Jamaica   
17 April 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Cuba
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18 Apr      Departing from Havana, Cuba   
19 Apr 08:00 - 15:00     Maria la Gorda, Cuba   
20 Apr 08:00 - 15:00     Cienfuegos, Cuba   
21 Apr 08:00 - 20:00     Montego Bay, Jamaica   
22 Apr 08:00 - 16:00     Santiago de Cuba   
24 Apr      Arriving in Havana, Cuba   
21 April 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Cuba
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21 Apr      Departing from Montego Bay, Jamaica   
22 Apr 08:00 - 16:00     Santiago de Cuba   
24 Apr 09:00 - 17:00     Havana, Cuba   
26 Apr 08:00 - 15:00     Maria la Gorda, Cuba   
27 Apr 08:00 - 15:00     Cienfuegos, Cuba   
28 Apr      Arriving in Montego Bay, Jamaica   
24 April 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Cuba
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25 Apr      Departing from Havana, Cuba   
26 Apr 08:00 - 15:00     Maria la Gorda, Cuba   
27 Apr 08:00 - 15:00     Cienfuegos, Cuba   
28 Apr 08:00 - 20:00     Montego Bay, Jamaica   
29 Apr 08:00 - 16:00     Santiago de Cuba   
01 May      Arriving in Havana, Cuba   
28 April 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Cuba
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28 Apr      Departing from Montego Bay, Jamaica   
29 Apr 08:00 - 16:00     Santiago de Cuba   
01 May 09:00 - 17:00     Havana, Cuba   
03 May 08:00 - 15:00     Maria la Gorda, Cuba   
04 May 08:00 - 15:00     Cienfuegos, Cuba   
05 May      Arriving in Montego Bay, Jamaica   
01 May 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Cuba
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02 May      Departing from Havana, Cuba   
03 May 08:00 - 15:00     Maria la Gorda, Cuba   
04 May 08:00 - 15:00     Cienfuegos, Cuba   
05 May 08:00 - 20:00     Montego Bay, Jamaica   
06 May 08:00 - 16:00     Santiago de Cuba   
08 May      Arriving in Havana, Cuba   
05 May 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Cuba
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05 May      Departing from Montego Bay, Jamaica   
06 May 08:00 - 16:00     Santiago de Cuba   
08 May 09:00 - 17:00     Havana, Cuba   
10 May 08:00 - 15:00     Maria la Gorda, Cuba   
11 May 08:00 - 15:00     Cienfuegos, Cuba   
12 May      Arriving in Montego Bay, Jamaica   
08 May 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Cuba
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09 May      Departing from Havana, Cuba   
10 May 08:00 - 15:00     Maria la Gorda, Cuba   
11 May 08:00 - 15:00     Cienfuegos, Cuba   
12 May 08:00 - 20:00     Montego Bay, Jamaica   
13 May 08:00 - 16:00     Santiago de Cuba   
15 May      Arriving in Havana, Cuba   
12 May 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Cuba
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12 May      Departing from Montego Bay, Jamaica   
13 May 08:00 - 16:00     Santiago de Cuba   
15 May 09:00 - 17:00     Havana, Cuba   
17 May 08:00 - 15:00     Maria la Gorda, Cuba   
18 May 08:00 - 15:00     Cienfuegos, Cuba   
19 May      Arriving in Montego Bay, Jamaica   
15 May 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Cuba
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16 May      Departing from Havana, Cuba   
17 May 08:00 - 15:00     Maria la Gorda, Cuba   
18 May 08:00 - 15:00     Cienfuegos, Cuba   
19 May 08:00 - 20:00     Montego Bay, Jamaica   
20 May 08:00 - 16:00     Santiago de Cuba   
22 May      Arriving in Havana, Cuba   
19 May 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Cuba
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19 May      Departing from Montego Bay, Jamaica   
20 May 08:00 - 16:00     Santiago de Cuba   
22 May 09:00 - 17:00     Havana, Cuba   
24 May 08:00 - 15:00     Maria la Gorda, Cuba   
25 May 08:00 - 15:00     Cienfuegos, Cuba   
26 May      Arriving in Montego Bay, Jamaica   
22 May 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Cuba
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23 May      Departing from Havana, Cuba   
24 May 08:00 - 15:00     Maria la Gorda, Cuba   
25 May 08:00 - 15:00     Cienfuegos, Cuba   
26 May 08:00 - 20:00     Montego Bay, Jamaica   
27 May 08:00 - 16:00     Santiago de Cuba   
29 May      Arriving in Havana, Cuba   
26 May 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Cuba
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26 May      Departing from Montego Bay, Jamaica   
27 May 08:00 - 16:00     Santiago de Cuba   
29 May 09:00 - 17:00     Havana, Cuba   
31 May 08:00 - 15:00     Maria la Gorda, Cuba   
01 Jun 08:00 - 15:00     Cienfuegos, Cuba   
02 Jun      Arriving in Montego Bay, Jamaica   
29 May 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Cuba
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30 May      Departing from Havana, Cuba   
31 May 08:00 - 15:00     Maria la Gorda, Cuba   
01 Jun 08:00 - 15:00     Cienfuegos, Cuba   
02 Jun 08:00 - 20:00     Montego Bay, Jamaica   
03 Jun 08:00 - 16:00     Santiago de Cuba   
05 Jun      Arriving in Havana, Cuba   
02 June 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Cuba
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02 Jun      Departing from Montego Bay, Jamaica   
03 Jun 08:00 - 16:00     Santiago de Cuba   
05 Jun 09:00 - 17:00     Havana, Cuba   
07 Jun 08:00 - 15:00     Maria la Gorda, Cuba   
08 Jun 08:00 - 15:00     Cienfuegos, Cuba   
09 Jun      Arriving in Montego Bay, Jamaica   
05 June 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Cuba
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06 Jun      Departing from Havana, Cuba   
07 Jun 08:00 - 15:00     Maria la Gorda, Cuba   
08 Jun 08:00 - 15:00     Cienfuegos, Cuba   
09 Jun 08:00 - 20:00     Montego Bay, Jamaica   
10 Jun 08:00 - 16:00     Santiago de Cuba   
12 Jun      Arriving in Havana, Cuba