Celestyal Crystal

Former names: Louis Cristal, MS Silja Opera, MS Albatross, Sally, Viking Saga

Celestyal Crystal current position

Celestyal Crystal current location is at Aegean Sea (coordinates 37.95865 N / 23.55571 E) cruising en route to PERAMA. The AIS position was reported 3 minutes ago.

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Specifications of Celestyal Crystal

Year built1980  /  Age: 41
Flag state Greece
BuilderWartsila Marine Perno Shipyard (Turku, Finland)
Building costUSD 140 million
OwnerLouis Group Plc
OperatorCelestyal Cruises
Speed18 kn / 33 kph / 21 mph
Length (LOA)162 m / 531 ft
Beam (width)26 m / 85 ft
Gross Tonnage25611 gt
Passengers952 - 1452
Crew406
Passengers-to-space ratio27
Decks10
Cabins476
Decks with cabins6
Last Refurbishment2016
Former namesLouis Cristal, MS Silja Opera, MS Albatross, Sally, Viking Saga
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Celestyal Crystal Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2021 May 29 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus $729
2021 May 29 4 days, one-way from Piraeus to Lavrion Piraeus $449
2021 May 30 7 days, round-trip All Inclusive Idyllic from Kusadasi Kusadasi $729
2021 Jun 02 3 days, one-way from Lavrion to Piraeus Lavrion $359
2021 Jun 05 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus $729
2021 Jun 05 4 days, one-way from Piraeus to Lavrion Piraeus $449
2021 Jun 06 7 days, round-trip All Inclusive Idyllic from Kusadasi Kusadasi $729
2021 Jun 09 3 days, one-way from Lavrion to Piraeus Lavrion $359
2021 Jun 12 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus $729
2021 Jun 12 4 days, one-way from Piraeus to Lavrion Piraeus $449
2021 Jun 13 7 days, round-trip All Inclusive Idyllic from Kusadasi Kusadasi $729
2021 Jun 16 3 days, one-way from Lavrion to Piraeus Lavrion $359
2021 Jun 19 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus $729
2021 Jun 19 4 days, one-way from Piraeus to Lavrion Piraeus $449
2021 Jun 20 7 days, round-trip All Inclusive Idyllic from Kusadasi Kusadasi $729
2021 Jun 23 3 days, one-way from Lavrion to Piraeus Lavrion $359
2021 Jun 26 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus $729
2021 Jun 26 4 days, one-way from Piraeus to Lavrion Piraeus $449
2021 Jun 27 7 days, round-trip All Inclusive Idyllic from Kusadasi Kusadasi $729
2021 Jun 30 3 days, one-way from Lavrion to Piraeus Lavrion $359
2021 Jul 03 4 days, one-way from Piraeus to Lavrion Piraeus $599
2021 Jul 03 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus $729
2021 Jul 04 7 days, round-trip All Inclusive Idyllic from Kusadasi Kusadasi $729
2021 Jul 07 3 days, one-way from Lavrion to Piraeus Lavrion $489
2021 Jul 10 4 days, one-way from Piraeus to Lavrion Piraeus $599
2021 Jul 10 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus $729
2021 Jul 11 7 days, round-trip All Inclusive Idyllic from Kusadasi Kusadasi $729
2021 Jul 14 3 days, one-way from Lavrion to Piraeus Lavrion $489
2021 Jul 17 4 days, one-way from Piraeus to Lavrion Piraeus $599
2021 Jul 17 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus $729
2021 Jul 18 7 days, round-trip All Inclusive Idyllic from Kusadasi Kusadasi $729
2021 Jul 21 3 days, one-way from Lavrion to Piraeus Lavrion $489
2021 Jul 24 4 days, one-way from Piraeus to Lavrion Piraeus $599
2021 Jul 24 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus $729
2021 Jul 25 7 days, round-trip All Inclusive Idyllic from Kusadasi Kusadasi $729
2021 Jul 28 3 days, one-way from Lavrion to Piraeus Lavrion $489
2021 Jul 31 4 days, one-way from Piraeus to Lavrion Piraeus $599
2021 Jul 31 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus $729
2021 Aug 01 7 days, round-trip All Inclusive Idyllic from Kusadasi Kusadasi $729
2021 Aug 04 3 days, one-way from Lavrion to Piraeus Lavrion $489
2021 Aug 07 4 days, one-way from Piraeus to Lavrion Piraeus $599
2021 Aug 07 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus $1019
2021 Aug 08 7 days, round-trip All Inclusive Idyllic from Kusadasi Kusadasi $1019
2021 Aug 11 3 days, one-way from Lavrion to Piraeus Lavrion $489
2021 Aug 14 4 days, one-way from Piraeus to Lavrion Piraeus $599
2021 Aug 14 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus $1019
2021 Aug 15 7 days, round-trip All Inclusive Idyllic from Kusadasi Kusadasi $1019
2021 Aug 18 3 days, one-way from Lavrion to Piraeus Lavrion $489
2021 Aug 21 4 days, one-way from Piraeus to Lavrion Piraeus $599
2021 Aug 21 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus $1019
2021 Aug 25 3 days, one-way from Lavrion to Piraeus Lavrion $489
2021 Aug 28 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Lavrion
2021 Aug 29 7 days, round-trip All Inclusive Idyllic from Kusadasi Kusadasi
2021 Sep 04 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Lavrion $1298
2021 Sep 05 7 days, round-trip All Inclusive Idyllic from Kusadasi Kusadasi $1298
2021 Sep 11 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Lavrion $1298
2021 Sep 12 7 days, round-trip All Inclusive Idyllic from Kusadasi Kusadasi $1298
2021 Sep 18 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Lavrion $1298
2021 Sep 19 7 days, round-trip All Inclusive Idyllic from Kusadasi Kusadasi $1298
2021 Sep 25 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Lavrion $1298
2021 Sep 26 7 days, round-trip All Inclusive Idyllic from Kusadasi Kusadasi $1298
2021 Oct 02 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Lavrion $1298
2021 Oct 03 7 days, round-trip All Inclusive Idyllic from Kusadasi Kusadasi $1298
2021 Oct 09 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Lavrion $1298
2021 Oct 09 14 days, round-trip All Inclusive Idyllic Steps of Paul Lavrion
2021 Oct 16 7 days, round-trip Steps of Paul Lavrion
2021 Oct 16 14 days, round-trip All Inclusive Steps of Paul Eclectic Lavrion
2021 Oct 23 7 days, round-trip Eclectic Aegean Lavrion $1018
2021 Oct 24 7 days, round-trip All Inclusive Eclectic Aegean Istanbul $1018
2021 Oct 27 7 days, round-trip All Inclusive Eclectic Aegean Thessaloniki
2021 Oct 30 7 days, round-trip Eclectic Aegean Lavrion $1018
2021 Oct 31 7 days, round-trip All Inclusive Eclectic Aegean Istanbul $1018
2021 Nov 03 7 days, round-trip All Inclusive Eclectic Aegean Thessaloniki
2021 Nov 06 7 days, round-trip Eclectic Aegean Lavrion
2021 Nov 06 14 days, round-trip 14 Ngts All InclusiveEclectic Steps of St Paul Lavrion
2021 Nov 13 7 days, round-trip Steps of Paul Lavrion
2021 Nov 13 14 days, round-trip 14 Ngts All InclusiveSteps of Paul 3 Continent Lavrion
2021 Nov 20 7 days, round-trip Three Continents Lavrion $1019
2021 Nov 20 4 days, one-way from Lavrion to Limassol Lavrion
2021 Nov 23 7 days, round-trip All Inclusive 3 Continents from Ashdod Ashdod $1019
2021 Nov 24 7 days, round-trip All Inclusive 3 Continents from Limassol Limassol $1019
2021 Nov 26 7 days, round-trip All Inclusive 3 Continents from Kusadasi Kusadasi $1019
2021 Nov 27 7 days, round-trip Three Continents Lavrion $1019
2021 Nov 30 7 days, round-trip All Inclusive 3 Continents from Ashdod Ashdod $1019
2021 Dec 01 7 days, round-trip All Inclusive 3 Continents from Limassol Limassol $1019
2021 Dec 03 7 days, round-trip All Inclusive 3 Continents from Kusadasi Kusadasi $1019
2021 Dec 04 7 days, round-trip Three Continents Lavrion $1019
2021 Dec 07 7 days, round-trip All Inclusive 3 Continents from Ashdod Ashdod $1019
2021 Dec 08 7 days, round-trip All Inclusive 3 Continents from Limassol Limassol $1019
2021 Dec 10 7 days, round-trip All Inclusive 3 Continents from Kusadasi Kusadasi $1019
2021 Dec 11 7 days, round-trip Three Continents Lavrion $1019
2021 Dec 14 7 days, round-trip All Inclusive 3 Continents from Ashdod Ashdod $1019
2021 Dec 15 7 days, round-trip All Inclusive 3 Continents from Limassol Limassol $1019
2021 Dec 17 7 days, round-trip All Inclusive 3 Continents from Kusadasi Kusadasi $1019
2021 Dec 18 7 days, round-trip Three Continents Lavrion $1019
2021 Dec 21 7 days, round-trip All Inclusive 3 Continents from Ashdod Ashdod $1019
2021 Dec 22 7 days, round-trip All Inclusive 3 Continents from Limassol Limassol $1019
2021 Dec 24 7 days, round-trip All Inclusive 3 Continents from Kusadasi Kusadasi $1019
2021 Dec 25 8 days, round-trip All Inclusive 3 Continents Lavrion
2021 Dec 29 4 days, one-way from Limassol to Lavrion Limassol

Celestyal Crystal Review

Review of Celestyal Crystal

The 1980-built Celestyal Crystal cruise ship (previously sailing as “Louis Cristal”) was initially named as "Viking Saga" (ferry ship) and owned by Rederi Ab Sally. MS Celestyal Crystal is a luxurious passenger liner with a unique yacht-like and 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. 

History - construction and ownership

After a fire damaged ship’s entire superstructure in 1990 during 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 cruise brand and currently, the two sisterships - Louis Cristal and Louis Olympia (Celestyal Olympia) are branded Celestyal Cruises.

Celestyal Crystal cruise ship

Cruise itinerary program 

MS Celestyal Crystal itinerary program was initially based on 3- to 8-day Greek Islands cruises in the Eastern Mediterranean (Aegean Sea) leaving from homeports in Turkey. During winter, the ship operated in the Caribbean Sea on Cuba cruises out of homeports Havana (Cuba) and Montego Bay (Jamaica). The cruise embarked from Havana every Monday, and from Montego Bay - every Friday. Transatlantic crossings were offered on relocation voyage (RepositionCruises.com) between Europe and the Caribbean. The Caribbean cruise program was operated for 2 years (2016 - 2018).

Since 2018, the cruise liner's itinerary program is in the Eastern Mediterranean with roundtrips from homeport Piraeus-Athens. Next tables show the 7-day itineraries as call ports and port stay times (arrival/departure).

7-day "Idyllic Aegean" itinerary

Date / TimePort
30 Sep 21:00Departing from Piraeus-Athens, Greece
01 Oct 07:00 - 02 Oct 07:00Mykonos Island, Greece
02 Oct 13:00 - 23:59Milos Island, Adamas, Greece
03 Oct 08:00 - 04 Oct 23:00Santorini Island, Greece
05 Oct 07:00 - 20:30Heraklion, Crete Island, Greece
06 Oct 11:30 - 17:00Kusadasi-Ephesus, Turkey
07 Oct 09:00 Arriving in Piraeus-Athens

7-day "Eclectic Aegean" itinerary

Date / TimePort
21 Oct 16:00Departing from Piraeus-Athens
22 Oct 15:30 - 23 Oct 20:00Istanbul, Turkey
24 Oct 07:00 - 17:00Canakkale-Troy, Turkey
25 Oct 07:00 - 17:00Volos, Greece
26 Oct 13:00 - 23:59Heraklion, Crete Island, Greece
27 Oct 07:00 - 13:00Santorini Island, Greece
27 Oct 19:00 - 02:00Mykonos Island, Greece
28 Oct 09:00 Arriving in Piraeus-Athens

7-day "3 Continents" itinerary (Holy Land cruise)

Date / TimePort
02 Dec 21:00Departing from Piraeus-Athens
04 Dec - 09:00Alexandria, Egypt
04 Dec 20:00 - 22:00Port Said, Egypt
05 Dec 08:00 - 22:00Ashdod-Jerusalem, Israel
06 Dec 11:00 - 18:00Limassol, Cyprus Island
07 Dec 12:00 - 20:00Rhodes Island, Greece
08 Dec 07:00 - 19:30Kusadasi-Ephesus, Turkey
09 Dec 09:00 Arriving in Piraeus-Athens

For the Christmas holidays (December 2019 - January 2020), the cruise liner included in its "Holy Land" (Cyprus-Greece-Turkey-Israel) itinerary also two Egyptian ports - Port Alexandria and Port Said.

Decks and Cabins

Celestyal Crystal staterooms (476 total) include 59 Suites (53 with step-out balconies), 313 oceanview staterooms (including the 6x Window Suites), 163 interior. The ship has no standard balcony cabins. There are also 6 wheelchair-accessible cabins. Because of the vessel's old design, staterooms as sizes and types vary greatly. The total number of cabin categories is 12.

Celestyal Crystal cruise ship

All Celestyal Crystal cabins as complimentary amenities offer private bathrooms (WC-toilet, shower), smart HDTV, phone, radio/alarm clock, electronic safe box (in the closet), individual air conditioning. All cabin decks are interconnected via 4 lifts (passenger elevators).

Wheelchair accessible cabins (for disabled passengers) are located on Deck 5. They feature wider doors, accessible bathroom (ramp), wooden floors. All Suies are with refrigerators (mini-bars). Suite balconies extend by 5 ft / 1,4 m from the ship’s bulkhead. Veranda lengths vary between 9-19 ft (2,8-5,8 m).

The boat has 10 decks, of which 9 are passenger-accessible and 6 with cabins.

Shipboard dining options - Food and 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 the 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. Other dining options include the Olympus Restaurant, Leda & Aura (casual dining).

Celestyal Crystal cruise ship

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and 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 a 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. Other Lounges & Bars include Horizons Bar, Thalassa Bar, and Helios Pool Bar. Celestyal Crystal also has a Wellness Center, Sana Beauty Center, sauna, gym, two swimming pools, Jacuzzi, medical center, Internet area, duty-free and travel value shop (Agora), photoshop.

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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 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 a car deck). 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).

Celestyal Crystal refurbishment 2015 review

The ship's drydock refurbishment in 2015 (November-December, in Piraeus-Athens Greece) resulted in the following changes:

Added were 26 new balconies to Oceanview staterooms on deck 6. Another 17 new balconies were added to Oceanviews on deck 7. All the 43 new balcony cabins are in the new category SBJ (Balcony Junior Suite). Currently, besides the 43 new Junior Suites, the ship also has 8 Balcony Suites (SB) and 2 Grand Suites (SG). Each of the new cabin verandas extends 1,4 m (4,5 ft) from the ship's bulkhead and has a length between 2,8-5,8 m (9-19 ft).

Grand Suite balconies were extended and refurbished. Extensive renovations and redecoration were done to 21 Suites and 227 Oceanview staterooms.

All public areas were also renovated and upgraded. Hotel amenities upgrades were also implemented, along with general maintenance works.

Cuba cruise itineraries 2016-2017

In 2016, the Celestyal Crystal ship started a year-round Caribbean cruise itinerary program with 7-night voyages and round-trip departures out of Havana Cuba and Montego Bay Jamaica. The new Caribbean program (November 21 through March 2017) was followed by summer Mediterranean roundtrip itineraries out of Greece and Turkey. The line's Cuba operations were formerly branded for the North American market as "Cuba Cruise".

The ship's Cuban itinerary included 2 days (overnight stay) in Havana before departure and visited Maria La Gorda (later replaced by Punta Frances), Santiago de Cuba and Cienfuegos. Departures from Cuba were on Mondays, from Jamaica - on Fridays.

In June 2016, the Celestyal company 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 7-day Cuban itinerary. Located on Isla de la Juventud, Punta Frances has nearly 3 km (2 ml) of white sand beaches.

The revised 7-day Cuban cruises were 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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