Celestyal Cruises has unveiled an all-new programme of cruises that will visit four new countries and six new ports of call in the Persian Gulf from November 2024. The line, which previously operated cruises in Greece and the Mediterranean between March and December, will also sail year-round from 2025.
The seven-night Desert Days itinerary will set sail for the first time on 9th November, from Doha, Qatar, and call for the first time at Bahrain, Dubai, Khasab in Oman, Sir Bani Yas Island and Abu Dhabi. It will be aboard the 1,260-passenger Celestyal Journey joined the line in September last year.
The itinerary will run through to 18th January 2025, and subsequently return as a permanent feature for the winter season.
Celestyal has confirmed its two-ship fleet will now operate year-round sailings, with seasonal offerings consisting of a winter programme, running November to April from Doha on Celestyal Journey, offering the Desert Days cruise with further three, four, five and seven-night options. The 1,266-passenger Celestyal Discovery, which joins the fleet this year, will sail on the Three Continents cruise from November to March 2025, covering Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, Israel and Egypt.
Celestyal’s ‘core’ program, from April to October, with Celestyal Journey operating three itineraries that include the Heavenly Adriatic: from Greece to Montenegro, Croatia and Italy, with maiden calls at Kefalonia, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Corfu, Bari and Katakolo. The Summer Heavenly Adriatic also features Montenegro, Croatia, Italy, and Greece with maiden calls at Venice, and the Idyllic Aegean voyages visiting the Greek Isles and Turkey from 2025. Celestyal Discovery will sail three and four-night Iconic Aegean cruises from March to November.
Lee Haslett, Chief Commercial Officer at Celestyal said:
“We come into 2024 with a completely refreshed fleet, seven new countries and 12 new global ports, on top of our much-loved Greece and Eastern Mediterranean cruise programme.
“We are finding our sea legs on a more global stage. We know we do the Greek islands and Mediterranean like no other, but we have heard from our customers that they want more destinations, bigger itineraries, and a chance to discover more with Celestyal.
“The Persian Gulf cruises deliver this, with a homeport in Doha, stops at marquee destinations such as Dubai, Bahrain and Abu Dhabi, as well as more bespoke gems in Oman and the island of Sir Bani Yas. We are starting the year strong and intend to keep growing and delighting our customers across 2024.”
All destinations, including the new itineraries, form part of Celestyal’s current winter savings promotion, with prices for a seven-night Three Continents cruise starting from £499pp and a seven-night Desert Days cruise from Doha to Bahrain, Dubai, Oman, Sir Bani Yas Island and Abu Dhabi leads in from £469pp.
Celestyal is also offering 50 per cent off all Celestyal Plus+ Experience packages, along with reduced single supplements of 30 per cent and low child fares, with up to 70 per cent off the third or fourth guest in a cabin.
Celestyal has an award-winning reputation for cruises to the Greek Islands and beyond which can feature up to two ports of call a day. The company’s philosophy is built on its Greek heritage combined with outstanding hospitality and cultural immersion both onboard and onshore.
The 2024 and 2025 itineraries are now on sale.
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