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 37.70733 N / 24.06235 E) cruising en route to LAVRION. The AIS position was reported 15 minutes ago.

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Current itinerary of Celestyal Crystal

Celestyal Crystal current cruise is 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Idyllic Aegean Cruise. Prices start from USD 1289 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 15 Jun, 2024 and ends on 22 Jun, 2024.

Date / TimePort
15 Jun 17:00    Departing from Piraeus-Athens, Greece hotels
16 Jun 10:00 - 19:00    Thessaloniki, Greece
17 Jun 13:00 - 19:00    Kusadasi, Ephesus, Turkey
18 Jun 08:00 - 19:00    Heraklion, Crete Greece
19 Jun 07:00 - 20 Jun 00:30    Santorini Island, Thira, Greece
20 Jun 08:00 - 21 Jun 02:00    Mykonos Island, Greece
21 Jun 09:00 - 19:00    Milos Island, Adamantas, Greece
22 Jun 07:00    Arriving in Piraeus-Athens, Greece hotels

Specifications of Celestyal Crystal

Year of build1980  /  Age: 44
Flag state Malta
BuilderWartsila Marine Perno Shipyard (Turku, Finland)
Building costUSD 140 million
Engines (power)MAN-Pielstick (19.2 MW / 25748 hp)
Speed21 kn / 39 km/h / 24 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
OwnerLouis Group Plc (via CRISTAL TRADING OPCO LLC)
OperatorCelestyal Cruises

Celestyal Crystal Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2024 May 25 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Idyllic Aegean Cruise Piraeus-Athens $889
2024 May 27 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Idyllic Aegean from Kusadasi Cruise Kusadasi $889
2024 Jun 01 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Idyllic Aegean Cruise Piraeus-Athens $1289
2024 Jun 02 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Idyllic Aegean from Thessaloniki Cruise Thessaloniki $1289
2024 Jun 03 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Idyllic Aegean from Kusadasi Cruise Kusadasi $1289
2024 Jun 08 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Idyllic Aegean Cruise Piraeus-Athens $1289
2024 Jun 09 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Idyllic Aegean from Thessaloniki Cruise Thessaloniki $1289
2024 Jun 10 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Idyllic Aegean from Kusadasi Cruise Kusadasi $1289
2024 Jun 15 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Idyllic Aegean Cruise Piraeus-Athens $1289
2024 Jun 16 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Idyllic Aegean from Thessaloniki Cruise Thessaloniki $1289
2024 Jun 17 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Idyllic Aegean from Kusadasi Cruise Kusadasi $1289
2024 Jun 22 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Idyllic Aegean Cruise Piraeus-Athens $1289
2024 Jun 23 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Idyllic Aegean from Thessaloniki Cruise Thessaloniki $1289
2024 Jun 24 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Idyllic Aegean from Kusadasi Cruise Kusadasi $1289
2024 Jun 29 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Idyllic Aegean Cruise Piraeus-Athens $1289
2024 Jun 30 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Idyllic Aegean from Thessaloniki Cruise Thessaloniki $1289
2024 Jul 01 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Idyllic Aegean from Kusadasi Cruise Kusadasi $1289
2024 Jul 06 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Idyllic Aegean Cruise Piraeus-Athens $1029
2024 Jul 07 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Idyllic Aegean from Thessaloniki Cruise Thessaloniki $1029
2024 Jul 08 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Idyllic Aegean from Kusadasi Cruise Kusadasi $1029
2024 Jul 13 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Idyllic Aegean Cruise Piraeus-Athens $1029
2024 Jul 14 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Idyllic Aegean from Thessaloniki Cruise Thessaloniki $1029
2024 Jul 15 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Idyllic Aegean from Kusadasi Cruise Kusadasi $1029
2024 Jul 20 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Idyllic Aegean Cruise Piraeus-Athens $1029
2024 Jul 21 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Idyllic Aegean from Thessaloniki Cruise Thessaloniki $1029
2024 Jul 22 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Idyllic Aegean from Kusadasi Cruise Kusadasi $1029
2024 Jul 27 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Idyllic Aegean Cruise Piraeus-Athens $1029
2024 Jul 28 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Idyllic Aegean from Thessaloniki Cruise Thessaloniki $1029
2024 Jul 29 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Idyllic Aegean from Kusadasi Cruise Kusadasi $1029
2024 Aug 04 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Idyllic Aegean from Thessaloniki Cruise Thessaloniki $1029
2024 Aug 05 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Idyllic Aegean from Kusadasi Cruise Kusadasi $1029
2024 Aug 10 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Idyllic Aegean Cruise Piraeus-Athens $1029
2024 Aug 11 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Idyllic Aegean from Thessaloniki Cruise Thessaloniki $1029
2024 Aug 12 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Idyllic Aegean from Kusadasi Cruise Kusadasi $1029
2024 Aug 17 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Idyllic Aegean Cruise Piraeus-Athens $1029
2024 Aug 18 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Idyllic Aegean from Thessaloniki Cruise Thessaloniki $1029
2024 Aug 26 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Idyllic Aegean from Kusadasi Cruise Kusadasi $1029
2024 Aug 31 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Idyllic Aegean Cruise Piraeus-Athens $1029
2024 Sep 01 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Idyllic Aegean from Thessaloniki Cruise Thessaloniki $1029
2024 Sep 02 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Idyllic Aegean from Kusadasi Cruise Kusadasi $1029
2024 Sep 07 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Idyllic Aegean Cruise Piraeus-Athens $1289
2024 Sep 08 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Idyllic Aegean from Thessaloniki Cruise Thessaloniki $1289
2024 Sep 09 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Idyllic Aegean from Kusadasi Cruise Kusadasi $1289
2024 Sep 14 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Idyllic Aegean Cruise Piraeus-Athens $1289
2024 Sep 15 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Idyllic Aegean from Thessaloniki Cruise Thessaloniki $1289
2024 Sep 16 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Idyllic Aegean from Kusadasi Cruise Kusadasi $1289
2024 Sep 21 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Idyllic Aegean Cruise Piraeus-Athens $1289
2024 Sep 22 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Idyllic Aegean from Thessaloniki Cruise Thessaloniki $1289
2024 Sep 23 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Idyllic Aegean from Kusadasi Cruise Kusadasi $1289
2024 Sep 28 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Idyllic Aegean Cruise Piraeus-Athens $1289
2024 Sep 29 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Idyllic Aegean from Thessaloniki Cruise Thessaloniki $1289
2024 Sep 30 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Idyllic Aegean from Kusadasi Cruise Kusadasi $1289
2024 Oct 05 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Idyllic Aegean Cruise Piraeus-Athens $1289
2024 Oct 12 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Steps of Paul Cruise Piraeus-Athens $1289
2024 Oct 19 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Steps of Paul Cruise Piraeus-Athens $1289
2024 Oct 26 4 days, one-way from Piraeus-Athens to Istanbul Piraeus-Athens $549
2024 Oct 31 4 days, one-way from Istanbul to Piraeus-Athens Istanbul $459
2024 Nov 04 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Mediterranean Cruise Piraeus-Athens $549
2024 Dec 28 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Year Cruise Piraeus-Athens $1289

Celestyal Crystal Review

Review of Celestyal Crystal

The 1980-built Celestyal Crystal cruise ship (fka Louis Cristal) was initially named as "Viking Saga" (ferry ship) and owned by Rederi Ab Sally. MS Celestyal Crystal is a megayacht-designed luxurious passenger liner operated by the Greek travel brand Celestyal Cruises (2014-rebranded from Louis Cruises).

The vessel (IMO number 7827213) is currently Malta-flagged (MMSI 229001000) and registered in Valletta. Before 2020, it was Greece-flagged (MMSI 240695000) and registered in Piraeus.

History - construction and ownership

After a fire damaged the entire superstructure in 1990 (during drydock 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 13 m (43 ft), the passenger capacity increased by 452 berths. The rebuilding cost USD 140 mill. In 2014, Louis Cruises announced the launch of the authentic Greek travel brand "Celestyal Cruises".

Celestyal Crystal cruise ship

In 2023, Celestyal Crystal was replaced with Celestyal Journey and left the fleet. Crystal's last voyage departed from Piraeus on August 26th. The 5-day itinerary visited Thessaloniki (Aug 27), Kusadasi-Ephesus (Aug 28), Milos Island (Aug 30) and Mykonos Island (Aug 31). The ship arrived for a laid-up in Port Lavrion on August 31st.

Starting on September 2nd, Celestyal Journey took over Crystal's schedule through December (2023).

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 a buffet-style restaurant open for breakfast and lunch, with waiter service for dinner (between 7:30-9:30 pm). 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 a 2-deck high theater/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 (gaming bar lounge served by the Eros Bar) offers gaming tables and several slot machines. There is also a video arcade and a small library.

The conference room Symposium hosts lectures, seminars, corporate meetings and conferences at sea. Eros Lounge & Bar is the 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.

Celestyal Crystal cruise ship

Itineraries

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 07:00 (overnight)Mykonos Island Greece
02 Oct 13:00 - 23:59Adamas, Milos Island Greece
03 Oct 08:00 - 04 Oct 23:00 (overnight)Santorini Island Greece
05 Oct 07:00 - 20:30Heraklion, Crete Island Greece
06 Oct 11:30 - 17:00Kusadasi-Ephesus, Turkey
07 Oct 09:00Arriving in Piraeus

7-day "Eclectic Aegean" itinerary

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

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

Date / TimePort
02 Dec 21:00Departing from Piraeus
04 Dec - 09:00Alexandria-Cairo, 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 Greece
07 Dec 12:00 - 20:00Rhodes Island, Greece
08 Dec 07:00 - 19:30Kusadasi-Ephesus, Turkey
09 Dec 09:00Arriving in Piraeus

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

Due to the Coronavirus crisis, the Celestyal ship Crystal was paused for two years (March 2020 thru April 2022) restarting on April 18th from Lavrion. The 7-day itinerary "Iconic Aegean Cruise" visits Mykonos, Kusadasi, Patmos, Rhodes, Heraklion, Santorini.

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The vessel (Wartsila Permo Turku yard/hull number 111181) has volume 25611 GT-tons, DWT-deadweight tonnage 1703 tons, max draught 7 m. The powerplant is based on MAN-Pielstick marine diesel engines (model 12PC2-5V-400) with combined output 19,12 MW (25645 hp). The registered shipowner is CRISTAL TRADING OPCO LLC, while the registered manager is OPTIMUM SHIPMANAGEMENT SERVICE.

MS Celestyal Crystal (ex-Louis Cristal) was originally launched as "Viking Saga" (cruiseferry) and built for Rederi Ab Sally.

In January 1990, during drydock reconstruction at Finnboda Shipyard (Nacka, Sweden), the vessel's entire superstructure was damaged by 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 13 m (43 ft), 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 700M Finnish markka (USD 140M). As this was a completely new vessel, in most sources she is usually listed as such.

The 950-guest ship was acquired by Louis Cruises (rebranded in 2014 to Celestyal Cruises) and was renamed Louis Cristal.

In 2015, a time-chartered vessel was added to the fleet - Celestyal Odyssey/now Blue Dream Star. In 2016, the company purchased the Celestyal Nefeli/MV 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 43 new balcony cabins are in the category SBJ (Balcony Junior Suite/new for the brand). 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 mi) 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).