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Celestyal Cruises To Debut New Ship In September

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Celestyal Cruises has announced the arrival of the Celestyal Journey, its newest ship which will set sail on 2nd September 2023.

The ship which underwent an extensive, £17.6 million refurbishment and technical maintenance overhaul, will take over the Celestyal Crystal’s programme, initially on its popular seven-night “Idyllic Aegean” itinerary.

The 1,260-guest mid-sized vessel offers 630 staterooms, 149 of which feature balconies – three times that of the previously available balcony staterooms on Celestyal’s seven-night offering.

Of the 149 balcony staterooms, 120 are Junior Suites, 28 are Grand Suites and one is the spacious Penthouse Concept Suite.

In addition, the vessel boasts 80% outside staterooms as well as a high guest-to-space ratio.

Also onboard are seven one-of-a-kind venues including speciality and themed restaurants appealing to a wide array of tastes and cuisines from Mediterranean to European and Asian dishes.

In addition, the Celestyal Journey will have a cooking demonstration area and an exclusive Chef’s Table venue, ideal for celebrating special occasions with friends or for private group functions.

Eight bars and lounges round out the food and beverage offerings, each with its own distinctive character, providing the ideal setting to indulge in Celestyal’s signature cocktails.

Expansive sundecks with two pools and two Jacuzzis offer spectacular views and connectivity with the sea, while a secluded and tranquil outdoor space, the Beach Club, will be created for exclusive use by all Grand Suite and Junior Suite guests.

Guests booked in Grand Suites will also have access to Celestyal’s Concierge Service, which features a dedicated priority check-in counter, expedited embarkation and express luggage delivery service including assistance with unpacking.

A dedicated Celestyal Concierge will be available in the exclusive-use Poseidon Lounge to assist Grand Suite guests with tailored service requests.

There is also a large, comprehensive spa and fitness and wellness area offering ocean views and two, fully-equipped conference rooms as well as a multi-purpose amphitheatre complete with a cinema, making The Celestyal Journey perfect for meetings and incentives.

Celestyal Cruises’ CEO, Chris Theophilides, said: “It has always been our mission to renew and rejuvenate our fleet, and we’re thrilled to see this come to fruition with the arrival of the Celestyal Journey.

“She is already undergoing her extensive refurbishment programme and will be deployed in a matter of just a few months.

“The Celestyal Journey will offer our guests more in the way of premium accommodations with balconies, a greater choice of dining and bar venues, public areas and open decks creating a greater sense of space.

“At the same time, the newest member of the Celestyal family continues our tradition of operating intimate, mid-sized vessels, allowing us to take our guests to destinations that larger ships cannot, reinforcing our in-depth regional destination knowledge and genuine, warm Greek hospitality, both of which have consistently been recognised as second to none.”

Following the inaugural Idyllic Aegean sailings commencing 2nd September, the Celestyal Journey will continue in October with the unique “Steps of Paul” itinerary.

This will be followed by the award-winning seven-night “Three Continents” itinerary visiting Greece, Egypt, Israel, Cyprus and. Turkey.

Also available are two exclusive holiday sailings, the 11-night special Christmas voyage calling on Thessaloniki, Izmir, Crete, Antalya, Limassol, with two days in Alexandria and an overnight visit in Haifa (Israel) to spend both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in the Holy Land.

This can be combined with the New Year’s eight-night departure visiting Heraklion, Rhodes, Kusadasi and overnighting in Istanbul before calling Volos.

Detailed information regarding the Celestyal Journey’s itineraries can be found on Celestyal.com

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