Founded in 1986, Celestyal Cruises is a leading operator of cruises in the Eastern Mediterranean and Greek Isles.
Sailings aboard a fleet of two mid-size cruise ships – Celestyal Journey and Celestyal Olympia– explore the Eastern Mediterranean in-depth and offer itineraries featuring an excellent combination of marquee ports and hidden gems. One day, you could be exploring Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, and the next, discovering the stunning natural beauty of Volos.
On board a Celestyal Cruises ship, you can look forward to an intimate experience enhanced by Celestyal’s award-winning Greek hospitality. Offering more space than similar-sized cruise ships, Celestyal boasts a homely atmosphere, exceptional dining venues and an onboard activity programme that includes everything from yoga classes to circus performances.
For exploring ashore, Celestyal Cruises offers an all-encompassing range of shore excursions designed to showcase the history, culture and natural beauty of every port you visit. From archaeological sites such as Ephesus and the pyramids of Giza to the trips through mountain ranges aboard a 19th-century train and wine-tasting in Limassol, there are endless opportunities for discovery.
Itineraries & Destinations
The majority of Celestyal Cruises’ itineraries depart from the port of Lavrion, a small and upcoming fishing village located just ten miles from Athens. The voyages are available to book on a 3, 4 or 7-night basis and can be combined should you wish to enjoy an extended cruise experience. The three and 4-night sailings are ideal if you want to enjoy a cruise as part of a more extended land-based holiday and visit a mixture of ports throughout the Greek Isles, with selected sailings including calls at Rhodes, Syros, and Patmos.
The 7-night voyages spend longer exploring the different regions of the Eastern Mediterranean. You can choose to enjoy a comprehensive cruise of the Greek Islands, including overnight port stays in Mykonos and Santorini, or head further afield to Turkey and the Holy Lands.
Celestyal Cruises 2024/2025
In 2024, Celestyal Cruises will expand its immersive and authentic Mediterranean cruises collection. The unique operator’s two-ship fleet will explore a comprehensive selection of the Eastern Mediterranean’s ports alongside several hidden gems. Highlights include island-hopping in the Greek Isles and a range of extended voyages featuring stops in Istanbul, Ashdod, and Limassol. New 2024 itineraries include a 7-night ‘Idyllic Aegean’ visit to Santorini, Mykonos, and Crete; another itinerary offers a 3-night ‘Iconic Aegean Summer’ visit to the likes of Athens, Mykonos, and Santorini.
Looking ahead to 2025, Celestyal Cruises will offer a range of unique experiences beyond its regular itineraries. These special cruises include a 4-night ‘Easter in Greece’ journey to Athens, Mykonos, and Santorini; a 4-night ‘Christmas in the Aegean’ adventure to the same destinations during the Christmas Season; a 7-night ‘Food & Wine of Greece’ cruise for the culinary enthusiasts; and a 7-night ‘History & Mythology of Greece’ opportunity for the history buffs. These themed cruises promise captivating experiences for travellers seeking distinct adventures in 2025.
Not only do Celestyal Cruises offer a fantastic way to see the Eastern Mediterranean, but they’re also great value for money, with the following included in the price you pay at the time of booking:
- All dining
- Unlimited classic drinks – including soft drinks, premium beers and cocktails
- Two complimentary shore excursions per voyage
- Gratuities, service charges and port taxes
Celestyal Cruises does not include flights; however, we can offer highly competitive fly-cruise fares with optional hotel stays available either before or after your voyage. Just let our Voyage Consultants know what you’re looking for, and we’ll do the rest. As one of Europe’s leading luxury cruise specialists, we would be delighted to help you book your Celestyal Cruises voyage. For further information, please call 0800 008 6677 or make an online enquiry for your preferred sailing.