Celestyal, the award-winning Greek owned cruise line, has acquired a new 1,260-guest ship. Originally built as the Ryndam for Holland America Line and more recently operating for P&O Australia, the vessel will undergo an extensive, approximately $21 million refurbishment and technical maintenance overhaul before entering service.
Chris Theophilides, CEO said,. “In addition to her expansive open decks, numerous bar and dining options as well as spacious public areas and staterooms, the Celestyal Journey will provide our guests with a significant increase in premium and balcony staterooms, which continue to be in high demand on all of our voyages. We look forward to welcoming her to the Celestyal fleet!’’
The company currently operates two vessels, each one intimate enough to provide guests with a genuine and highly personalized experience. The foundation of the company’s philosophy is built on a unique Greek heritage which combines outstanding hospitality with genuine cultural destination immersion and provides authentic, lifetime experiences both onboard and onshore. In December 2022, Celestyal won a Bronze Award at the British Travel Awards in the ‘‘Best Operator for Mini Cruises’’ category.
I have cruised with Celestyal twice in the past and am pleased to report that their excursion guides were outstanding. In many cases they were knowledgeable Greek archeologists. I came away with not just seeing a new place, but learning about it in a way that was memorable and fun.
If you are considering a Greek island cruise, be sure to investigate Celestyal. Their ships are the right size for extras like evening entertainment shows, yet small enough not to feel like you are traveling with a huge crowd. Plus, I am positive you will find that fares most reasonable.
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