Celestyal Crystal

Celestyal Crystal Review and Specifications

Specifications of Celestyal Crystal

Year built1980  /  Age : 38
Flag state Greece
BuilderWartsila Marine Perno Shipyard (Turku, Finland)
Building costUSD 140 million
OwnerLouis Group Plc
OperatorCelestyal Cruises
Speed21 kn / 39 kph / 24 mph
Length (LOA)158 m / 518 ft
Beam (width)25 m / 82 ft
Gross Tonnage25611 gt
Passengers1200 - 1452
Crew406
Passengers-to-space ratio27
Decks9
Cabins476
Decks with cabins9
Last Refurbishment2014
Former namesViking 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. 

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.

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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). The cruise embarks from Havana every Monday, and from Montego Bay Jamaica - every Friday. 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.

Cabins

Celestyal Crystal accommodates 1,200 travelers and features 476 large staterooms. Of all Celestyal Crystal cabins, 53  are Suite-grade accommodations each with a private balcony. The ship has a total of 313 oceanview staterooms (including the 53 suites), 10 Balcony and 163 interior cabins. There are also 6 wheelchair-accessible cabins. Because of the vessel's old design, rooms as sizes and types vary greatly. The total number of cabin categories is 17.

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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 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).

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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 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), photo shop.

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Celestyal Crystal wiki

  • 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 2016, the Celestyal Crystal ship started an 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 shipl'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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The below listed Celestyal Crystal cruise prices on 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.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2019 Apr 15 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2019 Apr 22 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2019 Apr 29 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2019 May 06 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2019 May 13 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2019 May 20 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2019 May 27 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2019 Jun 03 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2019 Jun 10 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2019 Jun 17 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2019 Jun 24 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2019 Jul 01 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2019 Jul 08 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2019 Jul 15 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2019 Jul 22 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2019 Jul 29 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2019 Aug 05 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2019 Aug 12 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2019 Aug 19 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2019 Aug 26 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2019 Sep 02 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2019 Sep 09 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2019 Sep 16 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2019 Sep 23 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2019 Sep 30 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2019 Oct 07 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2019 Oct 14 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2019 Oct 21 7 days, round-trip Eclectic Aegean Piraeus
2019 Oct 28 7 days, round-trip Eclectic Aegean Piraeus
2019 Nov 04 7 days, round-trip Eclectic Aegean Piraeus
2019 Nov 11 7 days, round-trip Eclectic Aegean Piraeus
2019 Nov 18 7 days, round-trip Eclectic Aegean Piraeus
2019 Nov 25 7 days, round-trip Eclectic Aegean Piraeus
2019 Dec 02 7 days, round-trip 3 Continents Piraeus
2019 Dec 09 7 days, round-trip 3 Continents Piraeus
2019 Dec 16 7 days, round-trip 3 Continents Piraeus
2019 Dec 23 7 days, round-trip 3 Continents Piraeus
2019 Dec 30 7 days, round-trip 3 Continents Piraeus
2020 Feb 29 7 days, round-trip 3 Continents Piraeus
2020 Mar 07 7 days, round-trip 3 Continents Piraeus
2020 Mar 14 7 days, round-trip 3 Continents Piraeus
2020 Mar 21 7 days, round-trip 3 Continents Piraeus
2020 Mar 28 7 days, round-trip 3 Continents Piraeus
2020 Apr 04 7 days, round-trip Eclectic Aegean Piraeus
2020 Apr 11 7 days, round-trip Eclectic Aegean Piraeus
2020 Apr 18 7 days, round-trip Eclectic Aegean Piraeus
2020 Apr 25 7 days, round-trip Eclectic Aegean Piraeus
2020 May 02 7 days, round-trip Eclectic Aegean Piraeus
2020 May 09 7 days, round-trip Eclectic Aegean Piraeus
2020 May 16 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2020 May 23 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2020 May 30 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2020 Jun 06 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2020 Jun 13 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2020 Jun 20 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2020 Jun 27 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2020 Jul 04 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2020 Jul 11 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2020 Jul 18 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2020 Jul 25 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2020 Aug 01 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2020 Aug 08 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2020 Aug 15 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2020 Aug 22 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2020 Aug 29 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2020 Sep 05 7 days, round-trip Eclectic Aegean Piraeus
2020 Sep 12 7 days, round-trip Eclectic Aegean Piraeus
2020 Sep 19 7 days, round-trip Eclectic Aegean Piraeus
2020 Sep 26 7 days, round-trip Eclectic Aegean Piraeus
2020 Oct 03 7 days, round-trip Eclectic Aegean Piraeus
2020 Oct 10 7 days, round-trip Eclectic Aegean Piraeus
2020 Oct 17 7 days, round-trip Eclectic Aegean Piraeus
2020 Oct 24 7 days, round-trip Eclectic Aegean Piraeus
2020 Oct 31 7 days, round-trip 3 Continents Piraeus
2020 Nov 07 7 days, round-trip 3 Continents Piraeus
2020 Nov 14 7 days, round-trip 3 Continents Piraeus
2020 Nov 21 7 days, round-trip 3 Continents Piraeus
2020 Nov 28 7 days, round-trip 3 Continents Piraeus
2020 Dec 05 7 days, round-trip 3 Continents Piraeus
2020 Dec 12 7 days, round-trip 3 Continents Piraeus
2020 Dec 19 7 days, round-trip 3 Continents Piraeus
2020 Dec 26 7 days, round-trip 3 Continents Piraeus