Celestyal Cruises Announces New Season in the Aegean and New Destinations
Iconic Aegean Itineraries Embark 10 March, NEW Euphoric Aegean Itineraries Set Sail 14 April
Celestyal Cruises , the specialist in destination-centric cruising, has announced its new season in the Aegean.
Celestyal Nefeli embarked on the company’s classic Iconic Aegean itineraries on March 10th and then will set sail on the company’s new Euphoric Itineraries ( 14 April – 30 June & 8 September – 27 October ) and beloved Idyllic Itineraries ( 30 June – 1 September ) . Celestyal Cruises’ new Euphoric itineraries are 3-, 4- and 7-day cruises to the classic, ancient cities and legendary harbors beloved of millions for millennia.
These voyages are master classes in the Aegean, with calls at Cesme, Chania, Izmir, Lavrion, Mykonos, Nafplion, Rhodes and Santorini. Celestyal Olympia will be replacing Celestyal Nefeli on the Iconic Itineraries as of April 14th .
The “heroes” of all of Celestyal’s incomparable cruises are the destinations themselves, including new mediterranean cruise destinations such as Samos on the Iconic itineraries and Chania (Crete) and Nafplion (Peloponnese) on the Euphoric itineraries – the company’s cozy ships and legendary personalized service play strong supporting roles. The addition of Samos gives passengers the option of either adding an extra Greek island to their cruise or disembarking in Kusadasi, Turkey, near Ancient Ephesus.
Celestyal’s new Aegean season also includes the 2017 launch of the Celestyal Inclusive Experience, which provides all of our passengers with full board accommodation featuring exquisite Greek enogastronomy, a select number of fascinating shore excursions at all destinations, a rich onboard entertainment program, and unlimited consumption drink packages featuring premium brands, all at the industry’s best value-for-money price. There’s no better, more economical, more immersive way to explore the greek culture and experience the authentic Aegean.
As for themed cruises, the company will host 44 this season. For the second consecutive year Celestyal Cruises proudly presents Celestyal Stories of Greek Hospitality. The company has revitalized its entire onboard cruise experience, and the 2017 themed cruise season, divided into two sections, will include:
– Stories of Greek Heritage: Culture and Enogastronomy (March-May 2017 & September-November 2017) – Lyceum Club of Greek Women, Greek Cuisine Demonstrations, Greek Olive Oil, Greek Wine
— Stories of Greek Summer Festival (June-August 2017) – Greek Music, Traditional Greek Music (with Thanasis Polykandriotis), Science Festival, Full Moon Party
“No other cruise can provide such a choice of destinations in such an authentic way and with such a high level of service at such an attractive price,” said Celestyal Cruises CEO Kyriakos Anastassiadis. “Celestyal Cruises has become synonymous with value and with giving our passengers an ever-expanding selection of destinations. Four years ago we visited 6 harbors …now our new Aegean season covers 15.”
“We remain the short break specialist in the Eastern Mediterranean,” said Pythagoras Nagos, VP of Sales for Celestyal Cruises. “We have become a “top-of-mind” holiday proposition for short breaks, particularly as our 3- and 4-day cruises, which call at two ports per day, are perfect for combination with land-based holidays. In just a weekend, you can traverse the Aegean, visit three islands and explore a UNESCO World Heritage site. What a great way to experience Greece!”
About Celestyal Cruises
Celestyal Cruises is the only home-porting cruise operator in Greece and the preeminent cruise line serving Greek destinations and the island of Cuba. The company operates five mid-sized ships, each one cozy enough to provide highly-personalized service to each passenger. Every cruise focuses on true cultural immersion, offering authentic, lifetime experiences wherever its vessels sail.
Celestyal Cruises is deeply committed to sustainability and ethical business practice. The company supports the local communities in the destinations it visits, particularly in the field of education. Since 2015, more than 1,000 students on the islands of Milos, Patmos and Ios have enjoyed a ‘journey to knowledge’ by attending the Museums Program, an initiative by Celestyal Cruises to bring interactive exhibits from the highly-respected Herakleidon Museum to remote areas so students can learn first-hand about the connection between science, art and mathematics. Celestyal Cruises also supports cultural NGOs and promotes entrepreneurship, marine student development and child welfare.
Following the successful ISO 9001/14001 auditing of three of the company’s ships and the company’s office, Celestyal Cruises’ operations are now certified in accordance with ISO 9001/14001 standards. This relates to the entire spectrum of cruise ship management including technical, hotel and crew management. The certifying authority is DNV-GL, which is by far the biggest and most respected classification society in the marine industry.
In 2017 Celestyal Cruises received four Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards, including first place in the mid-sized category: Best for Value, Best for Entertainment, Best for Shore Excursions and Best for Embarkation – the company also placed in the top 10 for Best Overall Cruise Line. In 2016 Celestyal Cruises won the Editor’s Pick award from Cruise Critic UK in the Best Value for Money (Ocean) category. The company has enjoyed recognition from in such prestigious awards as the Greek Tourism Awards (gold and silver in four categories in 2016), the Efkranti Awards and the HR Community Conference & Awards. Celestyal was also a finalist at the UK’s WAVE Awards.