Discovering the Celestyal Crystal on Embarkation Day

Celestyal Cruise’s 7-Day Idyllic Aegean Island cruise departs and returns from Piraeus (near Athens) on Mondays. This week-long itinerary, new in 2018, differs from Celestyal’s 3 and 4-day cruises. The Celestyal Crystal, a medium size cruise liner with a maximum of 1,200 passengers, spends an overnight in both Mykonos and Santorini. Boarding begins at 2 pm; however, we arrived later, at 4:00 pm. That time slot worked out beautifully. We passed through the pre-boarding rituals in a …

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Pre-Cruise: Scaling the Acropolis in Athens

We flew into Athens the day before our Celestyal cruise embarkation to eliminate last minute flight worries. The added time gave us the chance to explore Greece’s capital. No sooner than we checked into the ideally located Airotel (Hotel) Parthenon, John and I left to explore the Acropolis, looming over the city center. The view reminded me of Edinburgh, Scotland where Castle Rock dominates the skyline. We began the gradual climb up the craggy limestone hill, a …

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7-Day Idyllic Aegean Cruise aboard the Celestyal Crystal

A week-long cruise of the Greek isles sounds romantic, and that’s exactly how I intend to keep it!  My guy and I maintain our Boomer romance by driving two and half hours between our homes in different Florida cities. The opportunity to cruise together offers a quality time escape, not to mention sightseeing within a region known for its scenic beauty. Beginning in April, 2018, Celestyal Cruises rolled out a new seven-day Aegean Island itinerary, the only …

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Debi Lander’s Bio

Debi Lander

Debi Lander, freelance writer/photographer, specializes in travel, food and lifestyle. Her work focuses on historic and cultural sites, culinary experiences and adventure travel. She currently resides in Ocala, Florida and is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers and the International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association. bylandersea.com

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