ATHENS, GREECE (NOVEMBER 16, 2023) — Celestyal, the award-winning and number one choice for cruise lines to the Greek islands and beyond, is delighted to confirm the acquisition of a second new ship this year. The Celestyal Discovery follows the recent arrival of the Celestyal Journey, signaling a fleet refresh and further commitment to significantly invest in the customer proposition.
Celestyal Discovery will now join its fleet companion in Athens, where they will both undergo multi-million euro winter refurbishment programs ahead of the new season, which begins in March 2024. The ship’s name symbolizes the philosophy of the business of creating unmissable moments of discovery by connecting people, places and yourself. She embodies Celestyal’s confident spirit, sense of exploration and wonder. Built in 2003 for Carnival Corporation, she sailed under the AIDA Cruise brand throughout her career. Celestyal Discovery is a mid-sized ship, allowing Celestyal to continue to offer its unique blend of renowned destinations and more secluded gems that characterize the company’s itineraries. It offers 633 cabins, including 62 with balconies, which can accommodate a total of up to 1,266 guests.
Celestyal’s new ship will be on sale from December 11, 2023, taking over the 2024 Celestyal Olympia program. Special introductory offers will be included in Black Friday promotions released later this week, as well as Celestyal’s largest Wave campaign to date, which launches at the end of the year. Guests currently holding reservations on the Celestyal Olympia will be contacted by Celestyal after this date and re-accommodated for cruises on the newly renovated Celestyal Discovery.
“Given the strong market and business conditions, we are pleased to have accelerated our fleet renewal to welcome the Celestyal Discovery to the Celestyal family,” said Chris Theophilides, CEO. “Celestyal Discovery joins the Celestyal Journey to undergo an extensive refurbishment program over the winter period, signaling our intention to continue to delight our customers. As a confident challenger brand, our team is excited to continue making waves in the industry next season, with a refreshed fleet, brand, network and renewed sense of direction.
Celestyal Discovery will feature many of the Celestyal fleet’s favorite features: an inviting amphitheater with ample conference and event space, lively lounges, the ‘Grillseekers’ specialty restaurant, a Sozo wellness retreat, an extensive swimming pool terrace with an exclusive “Rays”. bridge, the Greek Deli and a “Fig and Honey” ice cream and juice bar. There will also be some surprise additions to the customer offering, which will be added during its impending renovation program. Further details regarding the onboard experience and itineraries will be announced in the coming months.
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Celestyal has quickly built an award-winning reputation and recognition as the number one choice for travelers to the Greek islands and beyond thanks to its regional expertise and exceptional hospitality. The company operates two ships, each intimate enough to provide guests with an authentic and highly personalized experience.
The foundation of the company’s philosophy is a unique Greek heritage that combines exceptional hospitality with true cultural immersion in a destination and delivers authentic and unforgettable experiences on board and ashore.
Since 2014, Celestyal has received top honors from the Tourism Awards, one of the largest and most prestigious award programs in the Greek tourism industry. These include one Platinum, 15 Gold, 10 Silver and nine Bronze awards covering excellence in customer experience, solo travel, CSR initiatives, contribution to the national economy, familiarization trips and press, the communication campaign and the multichannel marketing campaign.
In December 2022, Celestyal won a bronze award at the British Travel Awards in the ‘Best Operator for Mini Cruises’ category and was named one of the best ocean cruise lines for ‘Best Service’ at the annual conference Cruise Critic Editors. Picks Awards 2022, award also received in 2018 and 2019.
In 2019 and 2020, Celestyal was recognized for its overall contribution and commitment to the development of the cruise industry in the Eastern Mediterranean region at the MedCruise Awards.
Celestyal is deeply committed to sustainability and ethical business practices. The company actively supports local communities in the destinations it visits, particularly in the area of education. Additionally, Celestyal supports cultural NGOs to promote youth entrepreneurship, marine student development and child protection.
Celestyal’s entire ship management, including technical, hotel and crew management, as well as offices, is certified according to ISO 9001/14001 standards. The certification authority is DNV, widely recognized as the largest and most respected rating agency in the maritime industry.
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