Celestyal Cruises Resume Sailings in Greece and Turkey

Celestyal Crystal has successfully resumed operations with its signature seven-night Idyllic Aegean itinerary. The ship will call upon Kusadasi in Turkey and Rhodes, Santorini, Lavrion, Mykonos, Milos and Crete in Greece.

“Following a most difficult and challenging year, we are beyond thrilled to be welcoming guests back onboard this summer on our most popular and signature Greek island itinerary,” Chris Theophilides, Celestyal Cruises CEO, said in a news release.

“This was no small task and is due to the unwavering dedication and unified teamwork of the Celestyal team, both shoreside and onboard, and the support from our strategic partners, both large and small,” he said.

The start of the summer season with the deployment of the Celestyal Crystal will be followed by the deployment of the Celestyal Olympia, which will set sail on June 28 through August 30 on Celestyal’s new, seven-night Legendary Archipelago.

“It is with great pride for all of us working in the Greek tourism industry to see the return of Celestyal ships to the Greek seas this summer,” Harry Theoharis, Greece’s Minster of Tourism, said in a news release.

“The resumption of cruising, under our new health and safety guidelines, and the strong commitment to Greece from the cruise industry at large is further proof of how resilient Greece is and how quickly we can bring back a sense of normalcy – just in time for the summer travel season,” Theoharis said.

The Celestyal Olympia will sail from the cruise line’s dedicated terminal at Lavrion Port and Marina, located just 16 miles from the Athens Airport and a similar driving time from the city center as the Piraeus Port.

The Legendary Archipelago itinerary will introduce Thessaloniki as well as Mykonos, Santorini, Ag. Nikolaos and Rhodes in Greece and Limassol in Cyprus. Celesytal is the only cruise line calling on a regular basis to Thessaloniki.

“We are all excited to be welcoming guests back onboard to experience our award-winning, warm and genuine Greek hospitality that only Celestyal can deliver and to coming back stronger than ever,” Theophilides said.

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