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The “Celestyal Crystal” call at Chios

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The " Celestyal Crystal" arriving at the Port of Chios

The ” Celestyal Crystal” arriving at the Port of Chios

The “Celestyal Crystal” a cruise ship with a very colourful life visited Chios on the 24th of September.

The 1980 built vessel had also the honour to accommodate and entertain famous personalities, amongst them Sweden’s Royal Couple, who stayed onboard during the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, and President George H. W. Bush, who stayed onboard in November 1995! 

Compared with other cruise ships is a small ship for 2015 but it has the big-ship feel. 1200 passengers on ten decks, it has everything you expect for a cruise ship of her age and purpose!

The "Celestyal Crystal" about to complete berthing...

The “Celestyal Crystal” about to complete berthing…

From info obtained, the “Celestyal Crystal” is the second largest ship in the Celestyal Cruises’ fleet of four, and she spent the whole of 2012 out of service before being chartered by Canada-based Cuba Cruise to start the first-ever round-Cuba cruise service. Launched in December 2013, Cuba Cruise spends December to March operating seven-day Havana-to-Havana itineraries, stopping at five Cuban ports and Montego Bay, Jamaica.

The ship spends the rest of the year in the Mediterranean Sea, offering seven-day and four-day itineraries in and around the Greek islands.

While chartered to Cuba Cruise, the hull is repainted to reflect where it is, and restaurants reflect the Cuban itineraries.

We are staunch supporters for Tourism and in particular Maritime Tourism in Greece and this is part an effort to resurrect Greece… Enjoy the video herebelow:


This is the third video so far of Konstantinos Milt. Anagnostou* for Chios. Enjoy it!

*Video & Photos: Konstantinos Milt. Anagnostou – www.chiosphotos.gr

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