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Celestyal Cruises is the only Greek cruise line homeporting in Athens and operating cruises to the Greek Islands and Eastern Mediterranean.
Operates two ships – the Celestyal Crystal (1,200 passengers) and Celestyal Olympia (1,664 passengers) – ideal for reaching smaller ports and destinations.
Offers 3-, 4- and 7-night Aegean cruises visiting Turkey and Greek isles such as Mykonos, Rhodes, Crete and Santorini. Other itineraries include visits to Egypt, Israel and Cyprus.
▸ Discernible Differences
Focused on providing an authentic Greek cruise experience, Celeystal is destination-centric, featuring programs about Greek culture, serving Greek food and wine, and providing Greek hospitality and entertainment. An all-inclusive pricing policy includes select shore excursions and drinks as well as meals and gratuities.
▸ Group Policies
For every 20 full-paying adults, you earn one free fare. Celeystal has a group amenities program that gives tour leaders the opportunity to select a discount or extra benefits. Groups of 37 guests or larger will have their own bus for excursions.
▸ What’s New
Celestyal enters the Adriatic for the first time in 2020 and has other new itineraries as it works to expand from seasonal operations towards sailing year-round.
▸ Awards Won
Cruise Critic UK Editors’ Picks Award in December 2018 for Best Service and received four Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards: two first-place awards (for Shore Excursions and Value) and two second-place awards (for Service and Entertainment).
▸ Suggested Voyages
Come and be serenaded by the romance of the Aegean on a seven-night Celestyal cruise. Visit the most enchanting islands, explore ancient Greek culture, folklore filled with Greek gods, history as old as the sea and fishing villages suspended in time. Every week April – October.