Celestyal Crystal Cuba Cruise: Fusterlandia is one man’s attempt to brighten the world

ABOARD THE CELESTYAL CRYSTAL – Outrageous colors. Fantasy figures. Proud historic reminders. Everywhere I looked, it seemed an eye-catching explosion of creativity. I had been forewarned but I’m not sure anything can prepare you for Fusterlandia. The artistic wonderland is certainly not something I expected to encounter when I arrived in Havana. “Some people thought he was crazy,” tour guide Isora said. “People were going hungry when he started doing this. And here he is building houses.” …

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Celestyal Crystal Cuba Cruise: Cuban cuisine a cruise delight

ABOARD THE CELESTYAL CRYSTAL – I’ll admit it. One of the things I enjoy most on a cruise is getting to try various foods.  Even a standard steak can taste different according to which chef created the recipe. Choosing from so many tempting menu items can be difficult but the Celestyal Crystal has a dinner option that makes my choices so much easier. Called Chef’s Specialty, the dish is Cuban inspired with a bit of background information …

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Celestyal Crystal Cruise: Cuban culture saluted in ship shows

ABOARD THE CELESTYAL CRYSTAL – They danced. They sang. They did amazing acrobatic maneuvers. The Celesytal Crystal entertainment team is really good. Usually, smaller ships have smaller entertainments offerings. That is fine. I’ve enjoyed many small ship cruises where the evening program was a singer and a guitarist or a singer who was a guitarist. Or sometimes a duo would be brought aboard from the place where we were docked. But the Crystal has a talented dance …

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Celestyal Crystal Cruise: Small ship offers big ship comforts

ABOARD THE CELESTYAL CRYSTAL – After years of traveling, I’ve stayed in many different accommodations. But my cabin aboard the Celestyal Crystal has a feature I have never seen before. My room has twin beds. Across from the beds is a large full-length mirror. Next to the mirror is a curtain on an aluminum rod to pull across the mirror to hide it. Each evening at turndown, the cabin attendant draws that curtain, leaves a towel creation …

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Celestyal Crystal Cruise: Touring Santiago de Cuba, drinking mojitos, seeing Revolution Square

ABOARD THE CELESTYAL CRYSTAL – Hearing the loud clank of the metal cell door slamming shut sent chills down my spine. Being locked in this Cuban prison must have been a living hell. Or a death sentence. Today is a busy itinerary in Santiago de Cuba on our Celestyal Crystal cruise. So much to see and do. Tour guide Ricardo is a wealth of information and his English is excellent. I know that I am going to …

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Celestyal Crystal Cruise: Visiting grave of Fidel Castro in Santiago de Cuba

ABOARD THE CELESTYAL CRYSTAL – An elderly lady in a faded black dress kissed the wilting red rose in her hand and gently placed it on the grave. Turning with tears in her eyes, she said something in Spanish but the only words I understood were “Yo soy Fidel (I am Fidel).” My first day in Cuba on our Celestyal Crystal cruise and I am at the grave of Fidel Castro learning why the most common answer …

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Celestyal Crystal Cruise: Heading to Cuba for weeklong adventure

When Christopher Columbus first discovered Cuba, he called it “the loveliest land ever beheld by human eyes.” Now I’m on my way to discover those legendary beauties for myself. And I’m traveling to Cuba in one of the best ways possible – aboard the Celestyal Crystal. Although once-forbidden Cuba now welcomes American visitors, the country’s infrastructure is still not very visitor friendly. Accommodations are limited, usually expensive and not up to American standards. Restaurants are the often …

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