Celestyal Cruises purchased from Costa Cruises (Carnival Corporation-owned company) the 27-year-old liner Costa NeoRomantica. The 1993-built, 1800-passenger ship has 789 staterooms (132 with balconies), 13 decks (8 with cabins) and was last refurbished in 2017.
According to Chris Theophilides (Celestyal’s CEO), while the Coronavirus (COVID-19) had brought a temporary pause to their operations, it was important that they look to the future with optimism and continued to deliver on their "strategic plan to grow the business and enhance the award-winning Celestyal experience through investment."
Theophilides added he was delighted with the addition of the mid-size cruise ship to their fleet. She was ideally suited to their business model and was very well-appointed following her significant transformation in 2012. He also said he was confident that she would prove to be a very popular choice amongst their valued guests and would allow them to continue providing truly unique experiences for years to come.
Details of the ship's delivery date and deployment are yet to be announced. The existing Celestyal Cruises’ 2021-2022 itineraries remain unchanged.