Celestyal announces new onboard coffee bar in partnership with illy


Athens, Greece, [April 10, 2024] – Celestyal has launched a new onboard coffee bar in partnership with globally renowned Italian coffee brand illy.

The venue, named Café Nation, is available on the 1266-guest Celestyal Discovery and marks the first-time the cruise line has had a dedicated coffee bar. The concept was borne from a heritage component of Greek culture, which translates as a shared ritual across the globe. The outlet is already proving a focal point onboard the newest member of the fleet as a place to connect, relax and socialise throughout the day.

Founded in 1933, illy is one of the most recognisable coffee brands in the world. Its unique blend originates from nine of the best 100% Arabica varieties, sourced from the top 1% of Arabica varieties cultivated worldwide. Guests onboard Celestyal Discovery will have the option to consume illy blend classico and decaf as well as the 4 illy origins (Guatemala, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, and Brazil). Additionally on offer is the new coffee trend, illy cold brew, that is prepared after 12 hours of cold infusion for a balanced and mildly sweet beverage. The Café Nation menu boasts more than 90 specialised drinks alongside the option for guests to personalise their orders. The menu includes a selection of barista poured hot coffee beverages, herbal infused teas, creamy hot chocolates, and other alternatives, as well as iced coffees and teas.

Lee Haslett, Chief Commercial Officer at Celestyal, said: “We’re delighted to introduce our new onboard coffee venue in partnership with such a recognisable and popular coffee brand. Café Nation not only brings the world-renowned quality of illy coffee to our ships, but also showcases our commitment to providing premium experiences to our guests across the globe”.

Throughout the ship, unlimited specialty coffees and a selection of herbal teas are included in the ‘Caffeinator’ onboard drinks package priced at €12pppd, and the ‘Sky’s the Limit’ drinks package priced at €47pppd also includes the barista coffee from Café Nation. Additionally, the Café Nation menu items are priced individually for guests that have not selected a drinks package to enjoy as they please.

About Celestyal

Celestyal, an award-winning and year-round cruise company, continues to set the standard for unmissable travel experiences in the Greek Islands, the Adriatic, and the Arabian Gulf. Built on a foundation of unique Greek heritage, the company excels in delivering, exceptional hospitality, ensuring genuine cultural immersion both onboard and onshore. Operating two brand new vessels, accommodating up to 1260 passengers each, Celestyal prioritizes highly personalized services, establishing a high-end environment that welcomes over 100,000 passengers annually from more than 130 different nationalities.

The company’s unique approach, informed by valuable passenger feedback and market insights, has contributed to its continuing success in the cruise industry. Celestyal’s vision extends beyond the shores of Greece and the Mediterranean, aiming to redefine the cruising experience. As the company looks to the future, its dedication to providing authentic and unmissable experiences, reaffirms the company’s vision of offering travellers a unique and enriching exploration of diverse destinations.

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