The cruise ship set sail from Port Lavrion (Greece) on a 4-night Iconic Aegean voyage to Mykonos Island, Greece (April 18), Kusadasi, Ephesus, Turkey (April 19), Patmos Island, Greece (April 19), Rhodes Island, Greece (April 20), Heraklion, Crete Greece (April 21), Santorini Island, Thira, Greece (April 21), and is scheduled to arrive back to Lavrion, Greece on April 22.
Celestyal Cruises specializes in the Mediterranean offering travelers a chance to immerse in the authentic spirit of Greece on shorter vacations.
The second Celestyal ship, Olympia will start operation on April 29, with 3- and 4-night voyages.
Speaking in Piraeus (Athens) during a press briefing last week, Celestyal Cruises Chief Commercial Officer Leslie Peden said the company in 2022 would once again be including the ports of Lavrion and Thessaloniki as homeports, in addition to Piraeus.
Peden added that Celestyal saw a developing opportunity within the market from the Balkan countries with road travelers driving down and setting out on a cruise from Thessaloniki.
According to company data to date, guest bookings will reach 64% in 2019 by 2022. Traditional markets from the United States, United Kingdom, France, and Germany will account for 50% of bookings.