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Specifications of Celestyal Crystal
|Year built||1980 / Age: 40|
|Builder||Wartsila Marine Perno Shipyard (Turku, Finland)|
|Building cost||USD 140 million|
|Owner||Louis Group Plc|
|Speed||18 kn / 33 kph / 21 mph|
|Length (LOA)||162 m / 531 ft|
|Beam (width)||26 m / 85 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||25611 gt|
|Passengers||952 - 1452|
|Decks with cabins||6|
|Former names||Louis Cristal, MS Silja Opera, MS Albatross, Sally, Viking Saga|
Celestyal Crystal Itineraries
|Date||Itinerary||Departure Port||Price from|
|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 Steps of Saint Paul||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|
Celestyal Crystal Review
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.
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 / Time||Port|
|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 / Time||Port|
|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 / Time||Port|
|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.
Celestyal Crystal has a total of 476 staterooms, of which 59 Suites (53 with step-out balconies), 313 oceanview staterooms (including the 6x Window Suites), 163 interior cabins and no standard balcony rooms. 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.
All Celestyal Crystal cabins as complimentary amenities offer private bathrooms (WC-toilet, shower), 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).
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).
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".
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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