Celestyal Cruises has announced that its new flagship, the Celestyal Experience, will set sail starting March 5, 2022, with a seven-night “Three Continents” itinerary.
The flagship vessel was added to the fleet in 2020, and it was earlier scheduled to be introduced this year. The 2021 scheduled deployment, however, had to be postponed until next year due to the pandemic.
The “Three Continents” seven-night itinerary calling on Greece (Athens and Rhodes), Turkey (Kusadasi), Israel (Ashdod), Egypt (Port Said) and Cyprus (Limassol) offers all-inclusive pricing starting at $1,019, per person.
In 2023, the Celestyal Experience will operate seven and 14-night voyages year-round commencing on Jan 7 with the “Three Continents” itinerary.
All 2022 and 2023 sailings will be available for booking from May 20, 2021.
Beginning on April 9, 2022 the Celestyal Experience will set sail on the “Eclectic Aegean” itinerary, a seven-night voyage which visits the historical city of Thessaloniki.
Then in 2023, due to increased demand, the “Eclectic Aegean” itinerary will commence on the Celestyal Experience on March 4 for six sailings and will return for a further ten sailings on October 28th, this time on Celestyal Olympia, offering both Christmas and New Year’s departures for the first time. All-inclusive pricing starts at $1,049, per person.
On April 30, 2022, the Celestyal Experience will begin the “Idyllic Aegean” itinerary starting in Athens and visiting Rhodes, Crete (Agios Nikolaos), Santorini, Milos, Mykonos and Kusadasi (Ephesus), with all-inclusive pricing starting at $1,019, per person.
On Oct. 5, 2022, the Celestyal Experience will set sail on a one-time, special “Steps of Paul” itinerary tracing 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.
In 2023, the Celestyal Experience will offer additional “Idyllic Aegean”sailings commencing April 15 through October 14 when it will operate two seven-night “Steps of Paul” voyages.
Celestyal Experience will end the year in 2022 with two, exclusive holiday sailings, the ten-night Christmas special on December 17th, 2022, from Piraeus and calling on Thessaloniki, Izmir, Rhodes, Limassol, Alexandria and an overnight visit in Haifa, Israel to spend both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in the “Holy Land,” and the eight-night New Year’s sailing beginning on December 27th to ring in 2023 with visits to Heraklion, Santorini, Kusadasi (Turkey), along with an overnight stay in Istanbul, to take in the New Year’s Eve fireworks, and Volos.
“As we begin to resume cruise operations this summer season, we are delighted to also announce our plans for the next two years, which includes the exciting introduction of the Celestyal Experience to our fleet. The Celestyal Experience embodies Celestyal Cruises’’commitment to an intimate, authentically Greek experience onboard a contemporary, well-appointed, mid-sized cruise ship. She will undoubtedly be instrumental in driving our continued growth,” said Celestyal Cruises’ Chief Commercial Officer Leslie Peden.
The Celestyal Experience has a capacity of up to 1,800-guests in 789 staterooms, 166 of which feature balconies, sea terraces and bridge-view verandas.
The company also said it is extending its popular program of short, three and four-night cruises on the Celestyal Olympia for 2022 and 2023.
All 2022 and 2023 cruises feature the award-winning Celestyal All-Inclusive Experience with unlimited classic drinks, all locally-inspired cuisine on-board, entertainment, two shore excursions, port and service charges and gratuities included in the fare.
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