Greek cruise line Celestyal has increased its fleet to three with the acquisition of the 1,260-passenger vessel Celestyal Journey.
It will join Celestyal Crystal and Celestyal Olympia, which accommodates up to 1,500 passengers, to sail for the line which specialises in cruises ranging from short breaks to 14-night voyages to the islands of Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean.
Originally built in 1993 as the Ryndam for Holland America Line, and more recently operating for P&O Australia as Pacific Aria, the newly renamed Celestyal Journey will undergo an extensive €20 million refurbishment and technical maintenance overhaul before entering service.
Welcoming the ship to the fleet, Celestyal CEO Chris Theophilides said:
“While the global events of the past few years have placed our growth plans on pause, the positive industry outlook along with strong bookings for the coming season provides Celestyal with the opportunity to recommence the process of renewing our fleet with new vessels.
“In addition to her expansive open decks, numerous bar and dining options and spacious public areas and staterooms, the Celestyal Journey provides our guests with a significant increase in premium and balcony staterooms, which continue to be in high demand on all of our voyages.”
Full details of the vessel’s onboard experience, the date of the inaugural voyage and itineraries will be announced at a later date.
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