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Celestyal To Offer Arabian Gulf Sailings From Next Year

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Celestyal has announced its year-round programmes for 2025, 2026 and early 2027.

The cruise line’s newest ship, Celestyal Discovery, will sail the winter sun Arabian Gulf season from 2025.

The ship will join Celestyal Journey in the region, departing on the previously launched seven-night ‘Desert Days’ itinerary later this year.

Discovery will operate rotating three- and four-night itineraries from November to March:

    • A three-night ‘Iconic Arabia’ cruise, departing from Abu Dhabi, calling at Doha (Qatar) and Sir Bani Yas Island (UAE). Prices start from £249pp.
    • A four-night ‘Iconic Arabia’ cruise, departing from Abu Dhabi, calling at Fujairah (UAE), Muscat and Khasab (both Oman). Prices start from £309pp.
    • Guests can also combine the itineraries into a seven-night ‘Gulf Icons’ sailing. Prices start from £569pp.


Celestyal Journey will homeport from Doha for the ‘Desert Days’ itinerary, in a three-year partnership with the region.

The ship will make maiden calls to Khasab, Dubai, Sir Bani Yas Island, Abu Dhabi and Bahrain. A popular overnight Dubai option features on these itineraries, and guests may also start and end their cruise in Dubai.

The itinerary launches on November 9, 2024, with special sailings also on offer including festive cruises plus Qatar and Abu Dhabi Grand Prix departures.

Alongside their winter sun Arabian Gulf voyages, Celestyal’s core summer Greek and Mediterranean cruises are also on sale.

They feature eight additional Heavenly Adriatic cruises in 2025 and 13 in 2026 taking in Greece, Croatia (Split or Dubrovnik), Montenegro (Kotor) and Italy (Venice (Marghera) or Bari).

Journey will sail two seven-night itineraries during the Mediterranean and Aegean season:

    • The ‘Heavenly Adriatic’ cruise, departing from Athens with a late stay in Dubrovnik, and full day calls at Kefalonia, Kotor, Bari, and Corfu, plus Katakolo. Prices start from £709pp.
    • The ‘Heavenly Adriatic (with Venice, Marghera)’ cruise, a variant of the Heavenly Adriatic, departing from Athens with full day calls at Kotor, Split , Venice (Marghera) and Katakolo. Prices start from £709pp.
    • The ‘Idyllic Aegean’ cruise, in 2025 and 2026, departing from Athens with full days in Kusadasi (Ephesus), Rhodes, Crete, Santorini, and Milos plus a full day and late stay in Mykonos. Prices start from £709pp.
    • The ‘Idyllic Aegean’ sailings can also be combined with the ‘Heavenly Adriatic’ sailings on select dates to form 14-night voyages, with prices starting from £1169pp.


Discovery will continue to offer shorter rotating itineraries during the summer season:

    • The three-night ‘Iconic Aegean’ cruise, departing from Athens and calling at Mykonos, Kusadasi (Ephesus), Patmos, Crete and Santorini. Prices start from £269pp.
    • The four-night ‘Iconic Aegean’ cruise, departing from Athens and calling at Mykonos, Kusadasi (Ephesus), Patmos, Rhodes, Crete and Santorini. Prices start from £349pp.

Celestyal Discovery launched in March 2024 and Celestyal Journey in September 2023. Both ships carry up to 1,260 guests.

Lee Haslett, Chief Commercial Officer at Celestyal, said: “An impressive 86% of our guests tell us they want to come back to Celestyal, so we’re delivering on our commitment to broaden our programmes.

“We’re renowned as the cruise specialists of the Greek islands and Mediterranean and, thanks to the commitment of the region and this overwhelming support from our customers and trusted partners, we are now confident in becoming the go-to cruise specialists of the Arabian Gulf.

“We have an award-winning service, two newly refurbished ships, immersive shore excursions, a quality, diverse food and beverage offering and unrivalled customer satisfaction, as well as the ambition to continuously evolve and deliver more. We really cannot wait to showcase everything Celestyal has to offer to a wider audience.”

The announcement means that Celestyal Discovery will no longer sail the ‘Three Continents’ itinerary.

Customers on the six affected departures have been contacted in advance and either reimbursed or offered alternative cruises.

For more information, visit the Celestyal trade portal.

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