Celestyal Cruises Continues Its Dynamic Course By Extending Its Homeporting Program In Turkey For 2016-2017

Celestyal Cruises will extend for another two years the successful homeporting program in Turkey which commenced in 2015 with embarkation from Istanbul, Izmir and Kusadasi. A new ship, the Celestyal Nefeli (ex Gemini) will replace the Celestyal Odyssey, whose charter agreement will be concluded at the end of October according to its agreed-upon terms. The name, “Nefeli,” comes from Greek mythology – Nefeli was a goddess of hospitality and a nymph of the clouds;

The Celestyal Nefeli will sail Celestyal’s popular itineraries for the next two years, with embarkation from Turkey. She is the perfect size, like her fleet mates, the Celestyal Crystal and the Celestyal Olympia, for docking in the smaller, unique harbors throughout the Eastern Mediterranean.  The introduction of smaller ports is part of the strategy to open new destinations in Eastern Mediterranean cruising. Since 2014, Celestyal has added 15 new destinations which include Milos, Ios, Kos, Samos, Symi, Chios, Cesme and Syros. These gems are only accessible to midsized vessels that comprise Celestyal’s fleet. An added benefit of the smaller ships is warm and personalized service. All of Celestyal Cruises’ source markets have responded to these new destinations with enthusiasm.

Passengers have also responded with enthusiasm to the company’s program of onboard and offshore bespoke themed events. In 2016 Celestyal will increase the number of themed events on its cruises, so as to provide even more passengers with the best of Greek culture, gastronomy, history and wine. These themed events have become core to the real Greek experience that Celestyal offers its cruisers.

The Celestyal Nefeli (ex Gemini), which can accommodate 1,074 cruisers, was originally built in 1992 by Union Naval de Levante SA in Valencia, Spain. She will be delivered to Celestyal in February and refurbished prior to the commencement of the 2016 cruise season. Of her 400 cabins (277 outside and 123 inside), 12 are executive suites and 31 are junior suites: most of the executive suites have private balconies, and the junior suites have extra storage space.

Celestyal Cruises’ 2016 Iconic and Idyllic itineraries have been announced and are available at www.celestyalcruises.com.

About Celestyal Cruises

Celestyal Cruises is the only home porting cruise operator in Greece and the preeminent cruise line for the Greek Islands and Turkey. Celestyal Cruises’ new brand, Cuba Cruises, provides passengers with an authentic Cuban cruise experience, the best of Cuba on impeccable seven-day voyages.

At the 2015 Greek Tourism Awards, Celestyal Cruises was awarded a Gold Award for Themed Events, a Silver Award for Contribution to the National Economy, a Silver Award for Contribution to Local Economies and a Bronze Award for Promotion of Local Cuisine. Since 2011 Celestyal Cruises has been a member of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), a worldwide cruise industry alliance that promotes a safe, secure and healthy cruise ship environment. Following the successful ISO 9001/14001 auditing of two of the company’s ships and the company’s office, Celestyal Cruises operations are now certified in accordance with ISO 9001/14001 standards: this relates to the entire spectrum of cruise ship management including technical, hotel and crew management. The certifying authority is DNV-GL which is by far the biggest and most respected classification society in marine industry.

The Celestyal logo evokes the sea, the sun and the wind. It reflects the company’s commitment to its Hellenic roots, and to supporting the economy and preserving the environment of each destination it visits. For more information, please visit CelestyalCruises.com.