Amended Itineraries, New Undiscovered Ports of Call & Longer Time Ashore Provide Authentic Greek, Eastern Mediterranean Experiences
Celestyal Cruises the award-winning, number one choice for travelers to the Greek Islands and the Mediterranean, has released details of its 2021 and 2022 deployment featuring new ports of call in Syros, Agios Nikolaos (Crete) and Thessaloniki, additional seven-night Steps of Paul sailings due to popular demand and amended itineraries to ensure guests enjoy as much time ashore as possible.
Highlights of the 2021 and 2022 sailings include:
New Three- and Four-Night “Iconic Discovery” Celestyal Olympia Sailings Starting at $610, Per Person
With the continued extension of Celestyal Cruises’ operating seasons each year the company is excited to launch an amended version of its hugely popular three- and four-night Iconic Aegean cruises. Aptly named “Iconic Discovery,” these round trip winter sailings from Athens take into account the shorter daylight hours and areas of interest during the time of the season that these departures are offered. On both the three-night and four-night itineraries, Syros is introduced as a new destination and a full day in Santorini is also included in all departures. Syros is the administrative capital of the Cyclades and is one of the smallest islands within the group. With its resplendent pastel-hued villas cascading down the Ermoupoli hill, this island is rich in history and culture and provides visitors with a slice of Greek lifestyle without the crowds. Celestyal Cruises will be offering guests a Syros Walking Tour as an included shore excursion taking in the highlights of the island including Ermoupoli which is known as the town of Hermes; City Hall which was designed by German architect Ernst Ziller; the Apollo Theatre which is a miniature version of La Scala in Milan and was designed by Italian architect Pietro Campo; and the first shipyard in Greece which continues operating to this day. A second included shore excursion will be offered to the ancient city of Ephesus during the ship’s full day stay in Kusadasi, Turkey.
The all-inclusive, three-night “Iconic Discovery” itinerary provides an exceptional value, starting at just $610, per person, and the four-night “Iconic Discovery” itinerary starts at just $770, per person. Winter departures for the three- and four-night “Iconic Discovery” are from October 25 to November 26, 2021; March 4 to 11, 2022; and October 31 to November 25, 2022.
Summer mini-break sailings for the ever-popular three- and four-night “Iconic Aegean” itinerary also start at just $610, per person and remains unchanged between March 15 and October 22, 2021; and March 14 to October 28, 2022.
Seven-Night “Idyllic Aegean” Sailings on Celestyal Crystal Starting at $1,250, Per Person
On the seven-night “Idyllic Aegean” round-trip itinerary from Athens, Heraklion (Crete) is replaced with Agios Nikolaos (Crete) which is a picturesque harbor town situated on the north eastern side of Crete overlooking the peaceful Mirabello Bay and the “bottomless” Lake Voulismeni. This charming, upmarket town has plenty to offer in the way of shopping and dining and is undoubtedly one of the most delightful destinations in Crete. Celestyal Cruises offers five pre-bookable excursions from Agios Nikolaos: “The Palace of Knossos & Cosmopolitan Heraklion”; “A Delectable Day in Crete”; a “River Trekking Tour through the amazing Richtis Gorge”; a “Cretan Jeep Safari;” and the “Crystal Clear Waters of Elounda & Spinalonga.”
The seven-night ‘Idyllic Aegean” all-inclusive cruise starts at $1,250, per person and has departures between April 3 and October 9, 2021 and April 30 and October 8, 2022.
Seven-Night ‘Eclectic Aegean’ Sailings on Celestyal Crystal Starting at $1,250, Per Person
Celestyal Cruises has amended the “Eclectic Aegean” itinerary to maximize time ashore and to enable a new embarkation/disembarkation port for the added convenience of drive markets from the Balkans and additional airlift from Western and Northern Europe. Thessaloniki has replaced Heraklion and there is now a full day in Santorini, guaranteeing the “signature sunsets” on all departures, even in the spring, autumn and winter. Thessaloniki is the second largest city in Greece with a rich cultural and culinary heritage, stellar nightlife and laid-back authenticity. With midnight departures from Thessaloniki, guests will have the whole day to enjoy everything the city has to offer. Known as Greece’s ‘hippest city’, Thessaloniki boasts 15 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and 29 museums as well as a spectacular waterfront featuring a series of themed gardens, statues and sculptures. Pre-bookable excursions in Thessaloniki include Panoramic Thessaloniki; The Royal Tombs of Vergina and Land of Alexander The Great.
The seven-night, all-inclusive “Eclectic Aegean” start at $1,250, per person and has departures between October 23 and November 6, 2021, April 9 to 23, 2022 and October 29 to November 12, 2022.
Award-Winning Seven-Night “Three Continents” Sailings on Celestyal Crystal Starting at $1,250, Per Person
Celestyal Cruises has removed the technical call into Alexandria, Egypt on the “Three Continents” itinerary and Celestyal Crystal will sail directly from Athens to Port Said, Egypt, maximizing the included full-day excursion to Cairo with a visit to the Pyramidis of Giza.
The seven-night, all-inclusive “Three Continents” cruise starts at $1,250, per person and has departures between March 6 to 27, 2021; November 20 to December 25, 2021 with a special New Year’s sailing which includes an extra free night onboard in Athens upon the return; March 5 to April 2, 2022 and November 19 to December 31, 2022 including Christmas and New Year’s departures.
Seven-Night “Steps of St Paul” Sailings on Celestyal Crystal Starting at $1,500 Per Person
Due to popular demand, Celestyal Cruises has added extra departures to this special itinerary, which traces the footsteps of St. Paul, the Apostle, across the Mediterranean. Guests will join expert guides on a religious and historical journey with visits to St. Paul’s birthplace in what was once the Roman city of Tarsus and is now part of Turkey. Guests will also visit St. Paul’s Tribune at the Vlatadon Monastery, Philippi, the prison where St. Paul and St. Sylas were held captive, and will have the opportunity to ride a cable car to the Acropolis in Pergamon as well as visit the ancient city of Ephesus.
The seven-night, all-inclusive “Steps of St Paul” starts at $1,500, per person and has departures on October 16 and November 13, 2021, and October 15 and 22, 2022.
All 2021 and 2022 cruises feature the award-winning Celestyal All-Inclusive Experience with unlimited classic drinks, all locally-inspired cuisine on-board, entertainment, two shore excursions, port and service charges and gratuities included in the fare.
“For 2021 and 2022 our midsized ships will focus on our most popular, less crowded and award-winning itineraries that showcase the best of Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean. The new undiscovered destinations of Syros, Agios Nikolaos and Thessaloniki will not only provide our guests with outstanding new experiences but they complement the existing itineraries and will ensure guests maximize time ashore.” said Celestyal’s Chief Commercial Officer, Leslie Peden.
The 2021 and 2022 itineraries are all currently bookable.
Cover photo: Celestyal stateroom, courtesy Celestyal