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Celestyal Crystal

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

Celestyal Crystal Review and Specifications

Specifications of Celestyal Crystal

Year built1980  /  Age : 39
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 namesLouis Cristal, MS Silja Opera, MS Albatross, Sally, Viking Saga

Current itinerary / position of Celestyal Crystal

Celestyal Crystal current cruise is 7 days, round-trip Eclectic Aegean. The itinerary starts on 18 Nov, 2019 and ends on 25 Nov, 2019.

All Itineraries Current Position
Date / TimePort
18 Nov 16:00    Departing from Piraeus, Athens, Greece hotels
19 Nov 15:30 - 20 Nov 20:00    Istanbul, Turkey
21 Nov 07:00 - 17:00    Canakkale, Troy, Turkey
22 Nov 07:00 - 17:00    Volos, Greece
23 Nov 13:00 - 23:59    Heraklion, Crete, Greece
24 Nov 07:00 - 13:00    Santorini Island, Greece
24 Nov 19:00 - 25 Nov 02:00    Mykonos Island, Greece
25 Nov 09:00    Arriving in Piraeus, Athens, Greece hotels

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

7-day "Eclectic Aegean" itinerary

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

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

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

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.

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 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).

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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 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).

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).

Celestyal Crystal Itineraries

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 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 Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2020 Sep 12 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2020 Sep 19 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2020 Sep 26 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2020 Oct 03 7 days, round-trip Idyllic 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
2021 Feb 06 7 days, round-trip 3 Continents Piraeus
2021 Feb 13 7 days, round-trip 3 Continents Piraeus
2021 Feb 20 7 days, round-trip 3 Continents Piraeus
2021 Feb 27 7 days, round-trip 3 Continents Piraeus
2021 Mar 06 7 days, round-trip 3 Continents Piraeus
2021 Mar 13 7 days, round-trip Eclectic Aegean Piraeus
2021 Mar 20 7 days, round-trip Eclectic Aegean Piraeus
2021 Mar 27 7 days, round-trip Eclectic Aegean Piraeus
2021 Apr 03 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2021 Apr 10 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2021 Apr 17 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2021 Apr 24 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2021 May 01 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2021 May 08 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2021 May 15 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2021 May 22 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2021 May 29 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2021 Jun 05 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2021 Jun 12 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2021 Jun 19 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2021 Jun 26 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2021 Jul 03 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2021 Jul 10 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2021 Jul 17 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2021 Jul 24 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2021 Jul 31 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2021 Aug 07 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2021 Aug 14 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2021 Aug 21 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2021 Aug 28 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2021 Sep 04 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2021 Sep 11 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2021 Sep 18 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2021 Sep 25 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2021 Oct 02 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2021 Oct 09 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus
2021 Oct 16 7 days, round-trip Steps of Saint Paul Piraeus
2021 Oct 23 7 days, round-trip Eclectic Aegean Piraeus
2021 Oct 30 7 days, round-trip Eclectic Aegean Piraeus
2021 Nov 06 7 days, round-trip Eclectic Aegean Piraeus
2021 Nov 13 7 days, round-trip 3 Continents Piraeus
2021 Nov 20 7 days, round-trip 3 Continents Piraeus
2021 Nov 27 7 days, round-trip 3 Continents Piraeus
2021 Dec 04 7 days, round-trip 3 Continents Piraeus
2021 Dec 11 7 days, round-trip 3 Continents Piraeus
2021 Dec 18 7 days, round-trip 3 Continents Piraeus
2021 Dec 25 7 days, round-trip 3 Continents Piraeus

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