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Celestyal Cruises specializes in the Greek Islands and Eastern Mediterranean where it operates a variety of itineraries onboard two mid-sized vessels. Every cruise focuses on cultural immersion and authentic experiences, both on board and onshore. The Celestyal Inclusive Experience - which includes an unlimited drinks package, all meals on board, selected excursions, gratuities, port and service charges, and a specially-designed entertainment package - means you don't have to worry about a thing during your cruise.


The most popular voyages are seven-night ‘Idyllic Aegean’ sailings from Athens visiting Istanbul, Canakkale, Volos, Heraklion, Santorini and Mykonos. The 3-day cruises call at Mykonos, Samos or Kusadasi, Patmos, Heraklion (Crete) and Santorini; the 4-day sailings visit Mykonos, Samos or Kusadasi, Patmos, Rhodes, Heraklion and Santorini. Both shorter itineraries include a full evening on both Mykonos and Santorini, while the 4-day sailing includes an entire day on Rhodes.  


Celestyal Cruises has introduced two new itineraries for 2019. A seven-night ‘Eclectic Aegean’ itinerary round-trip from Athens includes an overnight stay in Istanbul and calls at Volos for excursions to the stunning mountains of Meteora, and to Canakkale for excursions to Troy and Gallipoli. The cruise also visits Heraklion and Santorini and, during its call at Mykonos, departs in the wee small hours so passengers can fully enjoy the nightlife of this cosmopolitan island. The seven-night ‘Cruise 3 Continents’ itinerary from Athens calls at Alexandria, Port Said, Ashdod, Kusadasi, Limassol and Rhodes. Shore excursions give passengers an authentic experience of the history and culture of these storied destinations.


Onboard Celestyal Cruises' two ships - Celestyal Olympia and Celestyal Crystal - guests enjoy renowned Greek hospitality along with the best of local Greek food and wine. You can spend your time indulging mind and body in the spa, discover how to cook like a local at a cookery demonstration, learn a new craft at a workshop, pick up a few words of Greek at a language class, or keep in shape with a fun Zumba or Salsa class.


The company has also recently completed an extensive refurbishment of Celestyal Crystal’s 43 junior balcony suites and 16 suites. This is a follow-up to the recent suite refurbishment on Celestyal Olympia. Simultaneously, Celestyal Cruises has announced the introduction of a new Suite Concierge service on both ships offered at no additional cost to guests booking select Suite category accommodations.

  • 18th March 2019

Gary Buchanan


Edinburgh-born Gary Buchanan has been a travel writer for over 30 years. He has been a specialist cruise writer for 25 years contributing to leading British publications including national newspapers and consumer magazines. He is the author of five books about cruising and spends over seven months every year at sea sailing the world’s oceans.