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 35.40024 N / 25.28241 E) cruising at speed of 16.7 kn (31 kph/ 19 mph) en route to HERAKLEION. The AIS position was reported 3 minutes ago.

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Current itinerary of Celestyal Crystal

Celestyal Crystal current cruise is 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean. Prices start from USD 1155 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 18 May, 2022 and ends on 25 May, 2022.

Date / TimePort
18 May 12:00    Departing from Heraklion, Crete Greece hotels
18 May 16:30 - 19 May 02:00    Santorini Island, Thira, Greece
19 May 08:00 - 20 May 02:00    Mykonos Island, Greece
20 May 09:00 - 19:00    Milos Island, Adamas, Greece
21 May 07:00 - 17:00    Piraeus-Athens, Greece
23 May 13:00 - 21:00    Kusadasi, Ephesus, Turkey
24 May 09:00 - 18:00    Rhodes Island, Greece
24 May 10:00 - 19:00    Thessaloniki, Greece
25 May 07:00    Arriving in Heraklion, Crete Greece hotels

Specifications of Celestyal Crystal

Year built1980  /  Age: 42
Flag state Malta
BuilderWartsila Marine Perno Shipyard (Turku, Finland)
Building costUSD 140 million
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
OwnerLouis Group Plc
OperatorCelestyal Cruises

Celestyal Crystal Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2022 Apr 30 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus-Athens
2022 May 01 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Thessaloniki Thessaloniki $1019
2022 May 02 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Kusadasi Kusadasi
2022 May 04 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Heraklion
2022 May 07 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus-Athens
2022 May 08 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Thessaloniki Thessaloniki $1155
2022 May 09 5 days, one-way from Kusadasi to Piraeus-Athens Kusadasi $1155
2022 May 09 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Kusadasi Kusadasi $1155
2022 May 11 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Heraklion $1155
2022 May 14 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus-Athens $1155
2022 May 15 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Thessaloniki Thessaloniki $1155
2022 May 16 5 days, one-way from Kusadasi to Piraeus-Athens Kusadasi $1155
2022 May 16 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Kusadasi Kusadasi $1155
2022 May 18 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Heraklion $1155
2022 May 21 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus-Athens $1155
2022 May 22 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Thessaloniki Thessaloniki $1155
2022 May 23 5 days, one-way from Kusadasi to Piraeus-Athens Kusadasi
2022 May 23 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Kusadasi Kusadasi $1155
2022 May 25 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Heraklion $1155
2022 May 28 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus-Athens $1155
2022 May 29 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Thessaloniki Thessaloniki
2022 May 30 5 days, one-way from Kusadasi to Piraeus-Athens Kusadasi $1155
2022 May 30 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Kusadasi Kusadasi $1155
2022 Jun 01 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Heraklion $1155
2022 Jun 04 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus-Athens $1355
2022 Jun 05 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Thessaloniki Thessaloniki $1355
2022 Jun 06 5 days, one-way from Kusadasi to Piraeus-Athens Kusadasi $1355
2022 Jun 06 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Kusadasi Kusadasi $1355
2022 Jun 08 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Heraklion $1355
2022 Jun 11 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus-Athens $1355
2022 Jun 12 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Thessaloniki Thessaloniki $1355
2022 Jun 13 5 days, one-way from Kusadasi to Piraeus-Athens Kusadasi $1355
2022 Jun 13 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Kusadasi Kusadasi $1355
2022 Jun 15 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Heraklion $1355
2022 Jun 18 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus-Athens $1355
2022 Jun 19 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Thessaloniki Thessaloniki $1355
2022 Jun 20 5 days, one-way from Kusadasi to Piraeus-Athens Kusadasi $1355
2022 Jun 20 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Kusadasi Kusadasi $1355
2022 Jun 22 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Heraklion $1355
2022 Jun 25 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus-Athens $1355
2022 Jun 26 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Thessaloniki Thessaloniki $1355
2022 Jun 27 5 days, one-way from Kusadasi to Piraeus-Athens Kusadasi $1355
2022 Jun 27 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Kusadasi Kusadasi $1355
2022 Jun 29 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Heraklion $1355
2022 Jul 02 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus-Athens
2022 Jul 03 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Thessaloniki Thessaloniki $1355
2022 Jul 04 5 days, one-way from Kusadasi to Piraeus-Athens Kusadasi $1355
2022 Jul 04 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Kusadasi Kusadasi
2022 Jul 06 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Heraklion
2022 Jul 09 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus-Athens $1355
2022 Jul 10 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Thessaloniki Thessaloniki $1355
2022 Jul 11 5 days, one-way from Kusadasi to Piraeus-Athens Kusadasi $1355
2022 Jul 11 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Kusadasi Kusadasi $1355
2022 Jul 13 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Heraklion $1355
2022 Jul 16 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus-Athens $1355
2022 Jul 17 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Thessaloniki Thessaloniki $1355
2022 Jul 18 5 days, one-way from Kusadasi to Piraeus-Athens Kusadasi $1355
2022 Jul 18 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Kusadasi Kusadasi $1355
2022 Jul 20 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Heraklion $1355
2022 Jul 23 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus-Athens $1355
2022 Jul 24 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Thessaloniki Thessaloniki $1355
2022 Jul 25 5 days, one-way from Kusadasi to Piraeus-Athens Kusadasi $1355
2022 Jul 25 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Kusadasi Kusadasi $1355
2022 Jul 27 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Heraklion $1355
2022 Jul 30 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus-Athens $1355
2022 Jul 31 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Thessaloniki Thessaloniki $1355
2022 Aug 01 5 days, one-way from Kusadasi to Piraeus-Athens Kusadasi $1355
2022 Aug 01 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Kusadasi Kusadasi $1355
2022 Aug 03 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Heraklion $1355
2022 Aug 06 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus-Athens $1355
2022 Aug 07 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Thessaloniki Thessaloniki $1355
2022 Aug 08 5 days, one-way from Kusadasi to Piraeus-Athens Kusadasi $1355
2022 Aug 08 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Kusadasi Kusadasi $1355
2022 Aug 10 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Heraklion $1355
2022 Aug 13 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus-Athens $1355
2022 Aug 14 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Thessaloniki Thessaloniki $1355
2022 Aug 15 5 days, one-way from Kusadasi to Piraeus-Athens Kusadasi $1355
2022 Aug 15 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Kusadasi Kusadasi $1355
2022 Aug 17 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Heraklion $1355
2022 Aug 20 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus-Athens $1355
2022 Aug 21 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Thessaloniki Thessaloniki $1355
2022 Aug 22 5 days, one-way from Kusadasi to Piraeus-Athens Kusadasi $1355
2022 Aug 22 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Kusadasi Kusadasi $1355
2022 Aug 24 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Heraklion $1355
2022 Aug 27 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus-Athens $1355
2022 Aug 28 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Thessaloniki Thessaloniki
2022 Aug 29 5 days, one-way from Kusadasi to Piraeus-Athens Kusadasi
2022 Aug 29 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Kusadasi Kusadasi $1355
2022 Aug 31 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Heraklion $1355
2022 Sep 03 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus-Athens
2022 Sep 04 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Thessaloniki Thessaloniki $1355
2022 Sep 05 5 days, one-way from Kusadasi to Piraeus-Athens Kusadasi
2022 Sep 05 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Kusadasi Kusadasi
2022 Sep 07 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Heraklion
2022 Sep 10 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus-Athens $1355
2022 Sep 11 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Thessaloniki Thessaloniki
2022 Sep 12 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Kusadasi Kusadasi $1355
2022 Sep 12 5 days, one-way from Kusadasi to Piraeus-Athens Kusadasi $1355
2022 Sep 14 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Heraklion $1355
2022 Sep 17 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus-Athens $1355
2022 Sep 18 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Thessaloniki Thessaloniki $1355
2022 Sep 19 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Kusadasi Kusadasi $1355
2022 Sep 19 5 days, one-way from Kusadasi to Piraeus-Athens Kusadasi $1355
2022 Sep 21 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Heraklion $1355
2022 Sep 24 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus-Athens $1355
2022 Sep 25 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Thessaloniki Thessaloniki $1355
2022 Sep 26 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Kusadasi Kusadasi $1355
2022 Sep 26 5 days, one-way from Kusadasi to Piraeus-Athens Kusadasi $1355
2022 Sep 28 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Heraklion $1355
2022 Oct 01 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus-Athens $1355
2022 Oct 02 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Thessaloniki Thessaloniki $1355
2022 Oct 03 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Kusadasi Kusadasi $1355
2022 Oct 05 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Heraklion $1355
2022 Oct 08 14 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Steps of Paul Piraeus-Athens
2022 Oct 08 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus-Athens $1355
2022 Oct 15 14 days, round-trip Steps of Paul Eclectic Aegean Piraeus-Athens
2022 Oct 15 7 days, round-trip Steps of Paul Lavrion
2022 Oct 22 7 days, round-trip Eclectic Aegean Piraeus-Athens $1075
2022 Oct 23 7 days, round-trip Eclectic Aegean from Istanbul Istanbul $1075
2022 Oct 26 7 days, round-trip Eclectic Aegean from Thessaloniki Thessaloniki
2022 Oct 29 7 days, round-trip Eclectic Aegean Piraeus-Athens
2022 Oct 30 7 days, round-trip Eclectic Aegean from Istanbul Istanbul
2022 Nov 02 7 days, round-trip Eclectic Aegean from Thessaloniki Thessaloniki $1075
2022 Nov 05 7 days, round-trip Eclectic Aegean Piraeus-Athens
2022 Nov 06 7 days, round-trip Eclectic Aegean from Istanbul Istanbul
2022 Nov 09 7 days, round-trip Eclectic Aegean from Thessaloniki Thessaloniki
2022 Nov 12 14 days, round-trip Eclectic Aegean Three Continents Piraeus-Athens
2022 Nov 12 7 days, round-trip Eclectic Aegean Piraeus-Athens $1075
2022 Nov 19 7 days, round-trip Three Continents Piraeus-Athens
2022 Nov 22 7 days, round-trip Three Continents from Ashdod Ashdod $1155
2022 Nov 23 7 days, round-trip Three Continents from Limassol Limassol
2022 Nov 26 7 days, round-trip Three Continents Piraeus-Athens $1155
2022 Nov 29 7 days, round-trip Three Continents from Ashdod Ashdod $1155
2022 Nov 30 7 days, round-trip Three Continents from Limassol Limassol $1155
2022 Dec 03 7 days, round-trip Three Continents Piraeus-Athens $1155
2022 Dec 06 7 days, round-trip Three Continents from Ashdod Ashdod
2022 Dec 07 7 days, round-trip Three Continents from Limassol Limassol $1155
2022 Dec 10 7 days, round-trip Three Continents Piraeus-Athens $1155
2022 Dec 14 7 days, round-trip All Inclusive Cruise Limassol
2022 Dec 17 18 days, round-trip Christmas and New Year Cruise Piraeus-Athens
2022 Dec 17 10 days, one-way from Piraeus-Athens to Lavrion Piraeus-Athens
2022 Dec 21 14 days, one-way from Limassol to Lavrion Limassol
2022 Dec 27 8 days, one-way from Lavrion to Piraeus-Athens Lavrion

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.

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 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 13 m (43 ft), 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

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.

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 07:00Mykonos 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

7-day "Eclectic Aegean" itinerary

Date / TimePort
21 Oct 16:00Departing from Piraeus
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

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

Date / TimePort
02 Dec 21:00Departing from Piraeus
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

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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    MS Celestyal Crystal cruise ship (ex-Louis Cristal) was originally built in 1980 as "Viking Saga" (cruiseferry) for Rederi Ab Sally.

    In January 1990, during 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.

    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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