Celestyal Cruises, which offers itineraries to the Greek islands/Eastern Mediterranean, on Thursday (February 23rd) confirmed the acquisition of a new ship.
Originally built as ms Ryndam for HAL-Holland America and more recently sailing for P&O Australia, the 1260-passenger vessel Celestyal Journey (fka Aegean Goddess) will undergo a 20-million-euro drydock refurbishment and technical maintenance overhaul prior to entering service.
According to Celestyal's CEO Chris Theophilides, while the global events of the past few years had placed their growth plans on pause, the positive industry outlook along with strong bookings for the coming season provided Celestyal with the opportunity to recommence the process of renewing their fleet with new vessels.
In addition to the expansive open decks, numerous dining options, spacious public areas and staterooms, Celestyal Journey will provide passengers with an increase in premium/balcony staterooms, which continue to be in high demand on all Celestyal’s voyages.
Celestyal Journey will undergo her capital expenditure program in the Piraeus ship repair zone area.
Details regarding the itineraries and onboard experience are forthcoming.
Last week, the river cruise company Victoria Cruise Lines (China) announced it is entering the ocean market with two former HAL-Holland America ships. The company, which is the largest on China's Yangtze River (with 7 large riverboats currently in operation) revealed that both former HAL ships - Veendam/Aegean Majesty and Ryndam/Aegean Goddess), now renamed Victoria Majestic and Victoria Amazing, respectively, will offer affordable experiences at sea, featuring "a long-term residential cruise experience."
Additional details to be available soon.