Celestyal Discovery departs on maiden voyage showcasing new livery


* Celestyal Discovery set sail on maiden voyage on March 22, 2024, from Athens

* She boasts new livery, new onboard social spaces, and full stateroom refresh

* Three- and four-night ‘Iconic Aegean’ sailings onboard Celestyal Discovery available from €249pp with low deposits

Athens, Greece, [April 03, 2024] – Celestyal Discovery set sail on her maiden voyage around the Aegean on March 22, 2024, showcasing the cruise line’s new livery.

Departing from Lavrion, Athens under the experienced command of captain Panagiotis Giakoumatos and his crew, the ship’s officers were joined by Celestyal’s global leadership team to welcome guests on the inaugural voyage.

The ship’s first passengers are sailing on the ‘Iconic Aegean’ itinerary taking in Mykonos, Kusadasi, Patmos Island and Santorini, visiting a total of five ports over the three-night sailing, while from April 1st , the popular port of Heraklion (Crete) is added to this itinerary. From March through to November, Celestyal Discovery will be rotating this three-night itinerary with a four-night ‘Iconic Aegean’ option, featuring an additional day in Rhodes.

After joining the fleet in November 2023, the 1266-guest Celestyal Discovery, underwent a multi-million Euro refurbishment. Celestyal invested heavily in the onboard social spaces, along with a complete stateroom refresh. She boasts the additions of a new coffee shop, Café Nation, serving illy coffee, the Pizza Oven eatery and the Discovery Lounge which will feature brand partnerships across the season.

The new livery consists of:

* An updated Celestyal logo and wordmark with cleaner lines and symmetry, lending itself to a more digitally native world.

*A distinctive blue wave hull. The wave concept was borne from the operations team, demonstrating the collaboration across the business and the forward motion of the company.

*The signature Celestyal stars.

*A unique funnel design which complements each ship, showcasing the beautiful lines of each vessel.

Celestyal Journey, will receive her livery update at the start of 2025, when undergoing scheduled maintenance works in the Arabian Gulf, as she moves to a year-round operation with a winter season homeporting from Doha, Qatar from November 2024 to March 2025.

Chris Theophilides, CEO at Celestyal, said: “We were delighted to welcome 1,100 guests onboard our newest ship, Celestyal Discovery this weekend. We have successfully refreshed our fleet in under a year, staying true to our commitment to invest in our customer experience.

“Celestyal can now offer premium, destination immersive holidays, unmissable both at sea and ashore. It’s an extremely exciting time for us as we continue to expand as a global brand, and we look forward to more developments over the coming year”.

Lee Haslett, Chief Commercial Officer at Celestyal, said: “Having already announced 12 new destinations, a completely refreshed fleet and significantly upgraded customer experience, we are delighted to be setting sail on both our 2024 season and our new global year-round operation.

“We have spent the past year listening to our valued customers and partners to understand what makes Celestyal so special. We’ve evolved our identity to reflect this and our new fleet, with the new livery, is  now the most visible extension of our brand.

Celestyal is currently offering three- and four-night ‘Iconic Aegean’ cruises on Celestyal Discovery with prices from €249, per person, (2024 and 2025 cruises now on sale, 2026 to follow in the coming weeks). All prices quoted are for interior cabins, based on double occupancy, including meals, drinks with meals, €75 discount per person on prebooked shore excursion and include all port fees and service charges.

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.

The 1,266-guest Celestyal Discovery features two main restaurants – ‘Thalassa’ and ‘The Taverna’, plus Grill Seekers- an additional specialty surf and turf restaurant, and poolside there is the Greek Deli and Fig & Honey for juice and gelato. A Sozo Spa, Glow beauty bar, fully equipped gym plus expansive pool deck, are all consistent with her fleet mate, the Celestyal Journey. There are also five bars and lounges, including the focal Star Bar on deck 8, secret Ocean Bar on deck 7 and effervescent AFTer bar & club on deck 10.

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