The Ultimate Guide to Celestyal Crystal

Combining elegant interiors, varied entertainment and a cosy atmosphere, Celestyal Crystal is a ship that offers a truly unforgettable cruise experience.

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Whether your reason for being on board is a solo travel trip, a romantic couple’s escape, a group getaway or a family vacation, Celestyal Crystal provides homely comfort, Greek hospitality and highly-personalized services with many of the fantastic amenities found on larger vessels. She is the smallest ship in our fleet and can accommodate no more than 1,200 guests, which means you’ll find a friendly and intimate atmosphere whilst you cruise to some of the most exciting destinations in Greece and the East Mediterranean. 


If you’re wondering what to expect onboard our beautiful cruise ship, we’ve put together the ultimate guide to everything you need to know about Celestyal Crystal. 

Staterooms and Suites

Celestyal Crystal has 480 staterooms and suites, 53 of which have their own balcony. You can choose from a variety of stateroom styles and sizes, and all of the staterooms come equipped with a hairdryer, a telephone, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen television, a wardrobe, a bedside table, a bathroom with shower, air conditioning and toiletries. Some of the staterooms are interconnecting, making these cabins ideal if you’re cruising as a family with children. There are also wheelchair-accessible staterooms with wooden floors and a bathroom with a ramp. The 313 outside staterooms and suites and 163 inside staterooms are all designed to be cozy and comfortable to guarantee you a pleasurable stay and a peaceful night’s sleep at sea.

 

Every stateroom comes with a personal steward and assistant steward who are responsible for making sure your room stays safe and comfortable every day. The stewards are happy to take any requests and answer any questions you may have during your time on the ship to help ensure you have the best cruise vacation possible. Celestyal Crystal also has a highly trained team of housekeeping staff who are dedicated to cleaning and maintaining your stateroom with a twice-daily service.

Daytime Activities

When you cruise with Celestyal Crystal, the days are filled with all kinds of activities, including quizzes, dancing lessons and language classes, along with cooking and towel folding demonstrations. We offer a jam-packed program of daytime activities, so there really is something suitable for all ages and tastes. When it comes to sunbathing, there are sun decks with sun loungers on most levels. There’s also a fitness center to enable you to stay in shape during your cruise, plus a salon, spa and sauna to help you truly relax and unwind. Not forgetting that Celestyal Crystal has her own swimming pool on Deck 9 and hot tub on Deck 5, both surrounded by tables and chairs to enable you to chill-out with a cool drink and a bite to eat.

Communal Areas

Although a mid-sized ship, many of our guests say that Celestyal Crystal feels like a much bigger vessel because of her plethora of on-board facilities and communal areas, together with many features that you can expect to find on large cruise ships. Here are the main communal areas onboard Crystal.

 

Deck 5: The reception desk and shore excursions desk can all be found on Deck 5 of the ship, meaning this is where you’ll need to go if you need guest services or you want to book shore excursions. If you decide to have your photo taken by our photographer, you can browse the photo gallery on Deck 5 and purchase your snaps at the shop next door. Deck 5 is also home to Crystal’s Duty Free and Value Shop where you can buy all sorts of goodies, including handbags, sunglasses, clothes, perfume and jewelry.

 

Deck 8: The shared indoor spaces on Deck 8 include the Amalthia Restaurant, the Fish Tavern, Eros Lounge and Muses Lounge, so it can be a very busy deck during the daytime and evening. Deck 8 is also where you can try your luck at the table games and slot machines in the casino, which can be found next to Eros Lounge. If you’re cruising with children, there’s a dedicated kids’ corner next to the library for younger guests who want to get stuck into different workshops and have a go at arts and crafts classes.

 

Deck 9: With a sauna, well-kitted gym and revitalizing spa and beauty center, Deck 9 is a haven of pampering and relaxation. You can choose from a range of professional services, such as hairstyling, massages and various beauty treatments to help you feel and look your best whilst at sea. What’s more, our Leda and Aura buffet restaurants are on Deck 9, as is Helios Bar and a swimming pool with a retractable roof.

Dining and Cuisine

You can indulge your appetite morning, day and night onboard Celestyal Crystal, a ship that lets you journey deep into Greek and Mediterranean cuisine. There are lots of venues to choose from and all of the meals are prepared fresh onboard, meaning you can enjoy delicious meals cooked from scratch by our talented chefs. Let’s take a look at the dining options.

 

Olympus Restaurant - Deck 5: Open during dinner hours, the Olympus Restaurant is one of two main dining rooms and is where you’ll find fine Mediterranean cuisine. Whether you prefer fish, meat dishes or vegetarian meals, you can enjoy a three-course dinner at Olympus and you’ll be able to choose from a wide range of culinary delights to suit your palate, including a chef’s special dish and a variety of appetizers and desserts.

 

Amalthia Restaurant - Deck 8: Celestyal Crystal’s other main dining room is the Amalthia Restaurant, which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. Breakfast items include cereal, cold meats and freshly-baked bread and pastries, as well as hot dishes like bacon, sausages and omelets made to order. In the afternoon you can tuck into a three-course lunch consisting of a scrumptious appetizer, main and dessert, and you can choose the perfect drinks to accompany your lunchtime meals. The Amalthia has the same dinner menu like the one found at the Olympus, so you’ll be treated to a three-course dinner in the evening too.

 

Both the Olympus and the Amalthia have a separate kids menu with items likes pizza and burgers for younger guests to enjoy, along with a ‘Hungry for Something Different’ menu that includes specialty items, such as lobster and sushi, for an added fee. If you have any special dietary requirements, such as gluten-free, we ask that you give us advanced notice so that we can accommodate your needs at our restaurants.

 

Fish Tavern – Deck 8: Located just outside the Amalthia Restaurant, the Fish Tavern is Celestyal Crystal’s most intimate dining venue. As it’s a specialty restaurant, there’s a charge to dine here but the price does include an appetizer, main and dessert. The menu includes the finest local fresh fish, all hand-picked for our guests every other day and cooked fresh to order. From delicate red snapper to flaky sea bass and melt-in-your-mouth sea bream, you’ll always be served a hearty meal fresh from the sea.

 

Leda and Aura Casual Dining – Deck 9: Both the Leda and Aura are buffet restaurants that serve a fantastic selection of food throughout the day. These venues feature a breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet, making them perfect if you fancy casual meals and serve-yourself buffet-style dishes. In addition to offering some tempting European favorites, the Leda and Aura are fabulous places to go for morning snacks and afternoon tea between meals.

 

Other Dining Options: Celestyal Crystal boasts a live cooking station on the pool deck (Deck 9), which is where you’ll need to head for our American Barbeque night. For an additional charge, you can also order items at any time of the day from the ‘Kwik and Easy’ menu, which includes snacks and hot meals that can be served in any of our lounges or enjoyed in the privacy of your stateroom.

Evening Entertainment

Many of our guests agree that the evenings onboard Celestyal Crystal are a highlight of their cruise vacation as there are several excellent entertainment options on the ship. One of the main venues for live entertainment is Muses Lounge, an indoor space where talented music acts, dancers and performers take to the stage for your enjoyment. The casino just off Eros Lounge comes alive with plenty of action in the evening, and the karaoke nights are always lots of fun at Horizons Bar where guests can also boogie on down at the disco.

 

Bar and Lounges

 

There are several outdoor and indoor bars and lounges around the ship, perfect for relaxing and enjoying a few cocktails or a chat with your travel buddies and fellow guests. Each bar and lounge has its own vibe, so you’ll never struggle to find an environment to suit your mood.

 

Thalassa Bar – Deck 5: Our guests love spending time at Thalassa Bar, mainly because it’s located out on deck and offers sensational sea views. Not only is it the ideal place to relax beneath the sun or stars with a refreshing drink but it’s also one of the best spots to grab a pre-dinner cocktail. Thalassa Bar is also where you can find Celestyal Crystal’s wonderful hot tub.

 

Eros Lounge & Bar – Deck 8: Offering live music and performances, Eros Lounge has its own stage and plenty of comfortable seating to enable you to lounge and relax in the evening. This indoor bar is also a fabulous place to get your tea or coffee fix in the morning or afternoon.

 

Muses Lounge & Bar – Deck 8: When you’re in the mood for spectacular evening entertainment, Muses Lounge is the place to go. It’s a large lounge and theater with seating on two levels and nightly live music and entertainment including cabaret, musical performances and attention-grabbing shows.

 

Helios Bar – Deck 9: If you prefer to spend your time poolside, head to Helios Bar where you can enjoy the sunshine and all-inclusive drinks. This bar is right by the ship’s outdoor swimming pool and home to friendly bar staff who love to keep you topped up with thirst-quenching drinks.

 

Horizons Lounge & Bar – Deck 10: Boasting breathtaking panoramic sea views by day, Horizons Lounge is transformed into a karaoke venue and disco in the evening. It’s a rather swanky lounge where you can order your favorite cocktail, belt out some tunes and dance the night away with your friends, family or other guests.

Authentic Cruising Moments

Celestyal Crystal has gained a reputation for providing memorable Greek hospitality and enriching cruises that let you dive deep into each destination. You can look forward to comfortable accommodation, non-stop daily activities, delicious dining and unforgettable evening entertainment, not to mention a friendly crew and the highest standard of service. Devoted to making guests feel welcome and right at home, Celestyal Crystal takes pride in offering truly authentic experiences that will delight you from the moment you step onboard to the moment you bid her a fond farewell.


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