Celestyal Cruises



What is Celestyal Cruises?

Celestyal Cruises is the preeminent cruise line serving the Greek Islands and East Mediterranean. The company operates two mid-sized vessels, each one cosy enough to provide genuine and highly personalised services.

The foundation of the company’s philosophy is the ‘destination.’ Every cruise focuses on true cultural immersion, offering authentic, lifetime experiences both on board and on shore wherever its vessels sail.

Where are Celestyal Cruises based?

Celestyal Cruises are home-ported in Athens, Greece, and sail to a wide range of destinations in the Greek Islands and the Eastern Mediterranean.

What’s the best time to go?

The Greek Islands and Eastern Mediterranean are year-round destinations.

How do I get there?

Cruising from their home port of Athens makes Celestyal cruises incredibly accessible to travellers. A wide range of Australian and international airlines connect flights to Athens.

Does Celestyal Cruises host famils?

In 2019, Celestyal Cruises took two groups of Australian media in March and November. We’re looking to run more famils in 2020. Feel free to register your interest to stay updated.

How does Celestyal integrate an authentic Greek experience?

Celestyal Cruises is the only authentically Greek-owned company that cruises the Greek Islands. What better way to see the islands in the hands of Greeks?

The cultural experience pervades every aspect of your on-board experience, from culinary offerings through to activities both on and off the ship. Expect Greek food, barbecues, dancing lessons, and cooking lessons as a small taste.

How big are Celestyal Cruises’ ships?

There are two main Celestyal ships, the Olympia and the Crystal. Olympia hosts 1664 guests and Crystal hosts 1452 guests. Both ships are quite similar, and won’t greatly impact guests’ experience.s

The benefit of smaller vessels is that they can reach smaller, harder-to-access ports, and can spend more time in port. Celestyal Cruises are not a luxury cruise company, but will suit those who are looking for a comfortable, affordable, authentically Greek trip, that heroes the destinations rather than the ship.

What are the destinations that Celestyal Cruises sails to?

Celestyal Cruises’ Iconic Aegean route is the perfect sampler for the Greek islands – a great trip if you’ve never been to the islands or want to explore a range of destinations.

Routes sail to well-known islands such as Mykonos, Satorini, Patmos, Milos, and historically rich destination such as Rhodes, and Crete. Of course, all Celestyal ships depart from Athens, a city rich in history, culture and modern cosmopolitan experiences.

What are your cancellation policies?

Cruise with confidence with Celestyal! Our Peace of Mind Policy allows you to change any cruise that sets sail from now through December 31, 2021. As long as you change at least 30 days before your sail date, you’ll receive a Future Cruise Credit. The credit can be used toward any cruise that sets sail through December 31, 2022. See our website for more: https://australia.celestyalcruises.com/en-au/cruise-with-confidence

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What's New

October 2021
  • Celestyal Cruises 2021 / 2022 Sailings new ports of call: Syros, Agios Nikolaos & Thessaloniki
    October 25 Syros, Agios Nikolaos (Crete) and Thessaloniki have been added as new ports of call in Celestyal’s 2021 and 2022 sailings. A new three and four night cruise, ‘Iconic Discovery’ will take place on Celestyal Olympia - these winter sailings round trips from Athens take into account the shorter daylight hours and areas of interest during the time of the season that these departures are offered.
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  • Seven-night ‘Eclectic Aegean’ sailings amended to maximize time ashore plus Thessaloniki has replaced Heraklion.
    October 23 Celestyal Cruises has amended its ‘Eclectic Aegean’ itinerary to maximise time ashore. There is now a full day in Santorini, guaranteeing ‘sunsets’ on all departures, even in spring, autumn, and winter. Thessaloniki has replaced Heraklion on this tour - Thessaloniki is the second largest city in Greece with a rich cultural and culinary heritage and laid-back authenticity. With midnight departures from Thessaloniki, guests can enjoy a whole day exploring everything the city has to offer.
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  • Additional seven-night ‘Steps of Paul’ sailings added in 2021 and 2022 due to popular demand
    October 16 Celestyal Cruises has added extra sailings that trace the footsteps of St. Paul, the Apostle, across the Mediterranean. Guests will join expert guides on a religious and historical journey with visits to St. Paul’s birthplace in what was once the Roman city of Tarsus, now part of Turkey. Guests will visit St. Paul’s Tribune at the Vlatadon Monastery, ride a cable car to the Acropolis in Pergamon, and visit the ancient city of Ephesus.
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March 2021
  • New Celestyal Experience Cruise Ship to Debut March 2021
    March 6 The ship’s first sailing of the 2021 season will take place on March 6th 2021, with the seven-night “Three Continents” itinerary visiting Greece (Athens and Rhodes), Turkey (Kusadasi), Israel (Ashdod), Egypt (Port Said) and Cyprus (Limassol). Beginning on April 3rd, 2021 the Celestyal Experience will set sail on the seven-night “Idyllic Aegean” itinerary visiting Athens, Rhodes, Crete (Agios Nikolaos), Santorini, Milos, Mykonos and Kusadasi (Ephesus). On sale now.
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December 2020
  • Love is in the Air on the Romantic Adriatic
    Explore the beauty of the Adriatic with this round trip departing Venice, and exploring sites like Dubrovnik, Split and Kotor.
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