Celestyal the award-winning, number one choice for cruise travelers to the Greek islands and beyond, is delighted to connect its customers to three new countries (Croatia, Montenegro and Italy) adding six new ports (Kefalonia, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Bari, Corfu and Katakolo) for the 2024 and 2025 seasons. The Celestyal Journey, will commence her season on 02 March, 2024 with a brand-new cruise itinerary for those looking to discover new horizons with more than a dash of history, culture, and beauty.
Celestyal Journey’s new 7-night ‘Heavenly Adriatic’ cruise will feature full days in Kefalonia, Kotor, Bari, and Corfu, as well as a late-night stay in Dubrovnik and half day in Katakolo. The announcement which comes fresh from last weeks’ unveiling of a complete Celestyal fleet refresh, signals further delivery on Celestyal’s commitment to relentlessly invest in their customer proposition. This new 2024 voyage is now on sale as part of the live Black Friday promotions with unmissable deals from €499 per person, with 2025 sailings on sale in the coming weeks.
In addition to the new ‘Heavenly Adriatic’ cruise, Celestyal will update two further sailings in 2024, replacing the Three Continents itineraries on March 09 and 16, with the favourite ‘Idyllic Aegean’ itinerary, departing Athens, and calling at Thessaloniki, Kusadasi, Heraklion, Mykonos, Santorini, and Milos, before returning to Athens. This updated 2024 itinerary is also featured in the live Black Friday promotions with unmissable deals from €599 per person.
As a way of recognizing their loyal customers, Celestyal are rewarding guests already booked on the Celestyal Journey itineraries departing Athens on March 02, 09, 16, 2024 with not only the lower promotional rates, but a free ‘Three Continents’ cruise on the Celestyal network. These customers will be contacted by Celestyal or the agent that booked their travel, with their updated itineraries, lower fare (where applicable), and their exclusive free ‘Three Continents’ cruise offer, which can be redeemed by the guest over the next three years.
“Less than a week from announcing our recent acquisition and complete fleet refresh, we couldn’t help ourselves by going a little bit further for our customers. As a business, we really do take the time to listen to customer and agent network suggestions – and Italy, Croatia and Montenegro came out on top!” said Lee Haslett, Chief Commercial Officer.
“We really do listen and challenge ourselves to continually keep ahead of our customers’ needs. This is why we want to reward our loyal customers by matching the promotional fares on these new sailings, and by offering a sensational free Celestyal cruise voucher as a thank you for their unwavering support. We are committed to not only our customers but also our travel partners, so will of course be preserving agent commission on all rebooked cruises.”
“We are more than finding our sea legs on a global stage and fast becoming known as a confident challenger brand. Our team is set to make waves across the industry next season, with new destinations, a completely updated fleet, a fresh new brand identity, and a renewed sense of direction.”
Guests and travel partners currently holding reservations on the updated March 2024 itineraries will be contacted by Celestyal over the coming days and reaccommodated on the updated sailings on the newly refurbished Celestyal Journey, or another suitable option. Guests that retain their booking dates on the updated itineraries in March will be eligible for the free cruise offer, which can be booked on applicable sailings over the next three years.
All agent commission will be preserved on these retained bookings, as well as any reaccommodated bookings.
Celestyal has fast built an award-winning reputation and recognition as the number one choice for travellers to the Greek Islands and beyond thanks to its regional expertise and exceptional hospitality. The company 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.
Awards Since 2014, Celestyal has received top honors in the Tourism Awards, one of the largest and most prestigious awards programs within the Greek tourism industry. These include one Platinum, 15 Gold, 10 Silver and nine Bronze awards covering Guest Experience Excellence, Solo Travel, CSR Initiatives, Contribution to National Economy, FAM and Press Trips, Communication Campaign and 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 top ocean cruise lines for ‘’Best Service’’ at the annual Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks Awards 2022, an award also received in 2018 and 2019.
Ιn 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.
Corporate Responsibility Celestyal is deeply committed to sustainability and ethical business practices. The company actively supports the local communities in the destinations it visits, particularly in the field of education. Additionally, Celestyal supports cultural NGOs to promote youth entrepreneurship, marine student development and child welfare.
ISO Certification The entire spectrum of Celestyal’s ship management, including technical, hotel and crew management, and offices, are certified in accordance with ISO 9001/14001 standards. The certifying authority is DNV, which is widely recognized as the biggest and most respected rating agency in the marine industry.