Celestyal Cruises set sail on its 2017 season in the Aegean, embarking on the Iconic Aegean itinerary on March 10 and taking off on the new Euphoric Aegean itinerary April 14 - June 30; Sept. 8 – Oct. 27, and the Idyllic Aegean itinerary June 30 – Sept. 1.
The sailings call at Cesme, Chania, Izmir, Lavrion, Mykonos, Nafplion, Rhodes and Santorini. Celestyal Olympia will be replacing Celestyal Nefeli on the Iconic itineraries as of April 14.
Introduced in Celestyal’s range of new destinations are Mediterranean locations such as Samos on the Iconic Aegean itineraries and Chania (Crete) and Nafplion (Peloponnese) on the Euphoric Aegean itineraries. The addition of Samos gives passengers the option of either adding an extra Greek island to their cruise or disembarking in Kusadasi, Turkey, near Ancient Ephesus.
Celestyal’s new Aegean season also includes the 2017 launch of the Celestyal Inclusive Experience, which provides passengers with full board accommodation featuring Greek enogastronomy, a select number of shore excursions at all destinations, an onboard entertainment program, and unlimited consumption drink packages featuring premium brands.
Meanwhile, the company is to host 44 themed cruises this season. For the second consecutive year, Celestyal presents Celestyal Stories of Greek Hospitality. The 2017 themed cruise season, divided into two sections, will include:
• Stories of Greek Heritage: Culture and Enogastronomy (March-May 2017 & Sept.–Nov. 2017) – Lyceum Club of Greek Women, Greek Cuisine Demonstrations, Greek Olive Oil, Greek Wine
• Stories of Greek Summer Festival (June–Aug. 2017) – Greek Music, Traditional Greek Music (with Thanasis Polykandriotis), Science Festival, Full Moon Party
“No other cruise can provide such a choice of destinations in such an authentic way and with such a high level of service at such an attractive price,” said Celestyal Cruises CEO Kyriakos Anastassiadis. “Celestyal Cruises has become synonymous with value and with giving our passengers an ever-expanding selection of destinations. Four years ago, we visited six harbours; now our new Aegean season covers 15.”
“We remain the short break specialist in the Eastern Mediterranean,” said Pythagoras Nagos, vice president of sales for Celestyal Cruises. “We have become a “top-of-mind” holiday proposition for short breaks, particularly as our 3- and 4-day cruises, which call at two ports per day, are perfect for combination with land-based holidays. In just a weekend, you can traverse the Aegean, visit three islands and explore a UNESCO World Heritage site. What a great way to experience Greece!”
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