Celestyal Journey

Former names: Aegean Goddess (SeaJets Greece), Victoria Amazing (Victoria Cruises Line), Pacific Aria (P&O Australia), Ida Pfeiffer (CMV), MS Ryndam (Holland America)

Celestyal Journey current position

Celestyal Journey current location is at Aegean Sea (coordinates 39.36341 N / 24.45264 E) cruising at speed of 16.5 kn (31 km/h | 19 mph) en route to Kusadasi. The AIS position was reported 2 minutes ago.

All Itineraries Current Position

Current itinerary of Celestyal Journey

Celestyal Journey current cruise is 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Kusadasi. Prices start from USD 889 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 10 Jun, 2024 and ends on 17 Jun, 2024.

Date / TimePort
10 Jun 19:00    Departing from Kusadasi, Ephesus, Turkey hotels
11 Jun - 19:00    Heraklion, Crete Greece
12 Jun - 13 Jun 00:30    Santorini Island, Thira, Greece
13 Jun - 14 Jun 02:00    Mykonos Island, Greece
14 Jun - 19:00    Milos Island, Adamantas, Greece
15 Jun - 17:00    Piraeus-Athens, Greece
16 Jun - 19:00    Thessaloniki, Greece
17 Jun 13:00    Arriving in Kusadasi, Ephesus, Turkey hotels

Specifications of Celestyal Journey

Year of build1994  /  Age: 30
Flag state Bermuda
BuilderFincantieri (Monfalcone, Italy)
ClassHAL STATENDAM
Building costUSD 220 million
Engines (power)Wartsila-Sulzer (34.56 MW / 46346 hp)
Speed20 kn / 37 km/h / 23 mph
Length (LOA)220 m / 722 ft
Beam (width)32 m / 105 ft
Gross Tonnage55877 gt
Passengers1258 - 1512
Crew558
Passengers-to-space ratio37
Decks12
Cabins630
Decks with cabins5
Last Refurbishment2023
Sister-shipsMS Maasdam (CFC Renaissance), MS Veendam (Aegean Majesty), MS Statendam (CMV Vasco da Gama)
Former namesAegean Goddess (SeaJets Greece), Victoria Amazing (Victoria Cruises Line), Pacific Aria (P&O Australia), Ida Pfeiffer (CMV), MS Ryndam (Holland America)
Christened byJessica Mauboy (Pacific Aria)
OwnerLouis Group Plc (via OASIS SHIPPING SERVICES SA)
OperatorCelestyal Cruises

Celestyal Journey Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2024 May 25 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus-Athens $1029
2024 May 26 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus-Athens $1029
2024 May 27 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Kusadasi Kusadasi $1329
2024 May 28 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus-Athens $1099
2024 Jun 01 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus-Athens
2024 Jun 02 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Thessaloniki Thessaloniki
2024 Jun 03 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Kusadasi Kusadasi
2024 Jun 04 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Heraklion Crete Heraklion $889
2024 Jun 08 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus-Athens $889
2024 Jun 09 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Thessaloniki Thessaloniki $889
2024 Jun 10 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Kusadasi Kusadasi $889
2024 Jun 11 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Heraklion Crete Heraklion $889
2024 Jun 15 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus-Athens $1189
2024 Jun 16 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Thessaloniki Thessaloniki $1379
2024 Jun 17 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Kusadasi Kusadasi
2024 Jun 18 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Heraklion Crete Heraklion
2024 Jun 22 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus-Athens $889
2024 Jun 23 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Thessaloniki Thessaloniki $889
2024 Jun 24 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Kusadasi Kusadasi $889
2024 Jun 25 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Heraklion Crete Heraklion
2024 Jun 29 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus-Athens
2024 Jun 30 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Thessaloniki Thessaloniki
2024 Jul 01 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Kusadasi Kusadasi
2024 Jul 02 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Heraklion Crete Heraklion
2024 Jul 06 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus-Athens $889
2024 Jul 07 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Thessaloniki Thessaloniki $889
2024 Jul 08 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Kusadasi Kusadasi $889
2024 Jul 09 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Heraklion Crete Heraklion $889
2024 Jul 13 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus-Athens $889
2024 Jul 14 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Thessaloniki Thessaloniki $889
2024 Jul 15 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Kusadasi Kusadasi
2024 Jul 16 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Heraklion Crete Heraklion $889
2024 Jul 20 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus-Athens $889
2024 Jul 21 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Thessaloniki Thessaloniki $889
2024 Jul 22 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Kusadasi Kusadasi $889
2024 Jul 23 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Heraklion Crete Heraklion $889
2024 Jul 27 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus-Athens $889
2024 Jul 28 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Thessaloniki Thessaloniki
2024 Jul 29 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Kusadasi Kusadasi
2024 Jul 30 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Heraklion Crete Heraklion
2024 Aug 03 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus-Athens
2024 Aug 04 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Thessaloniki Thessaloniki
2024 Aug 05 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Kusadasi Kusadasi
2024 Aug 06 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Heraklion Crete Heraklion
2024 Aug 10 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus-Athens $959
2024 Aug 11 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Thessaloniki Thessaloniki
2024 Aug 12 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Kusadasi Kusadasi
2024 Aug 13 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Heraklion Crete Heraklion
2024 Aug 17 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus-Athens $1149
2024 Aug 18 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Thessaloniki Thessaloniki $1149
2024 Aug 19 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Kusadasi Kusadasi $1149
2024 Aug 20 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Heraklion Crete Heraklion $1149
2024 Aug 24 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus-Athens $889
2024 Aug 25 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Thessaloniki Thessaloniki
2024 Aug 26 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Kusadasi Kusadasi
2024 Aug 27 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Heraklion Crete Heraklion
2024 Aug 31 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus-Athens
2024 Sep 01 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Thessaloniki Thessaloniki
2024 Sep 08 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Thessaloniki Thessaloniki $1399
2024 Sep 15 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Thessaloniki Thessaloniki $1349
2024 Sep 22 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Thessaloniki Thessaloniki $1289
2024 Sep 29 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Thessaloniki Thessaloniki $1659
2024 Oct 01 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Heraklion Crete Heraklion
2024 Oct 05 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus-Athens
2024 Oct 12 7 days, round-trip Steps of Paul Piraeus-Athens $1449
2024 Oct 19 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus-Athens
2024 Oct 26 14 days, one-way from Piraeus-Athens to Doha Qatar Piraeus-Athens $839
2024 Nov 09 7 days, round-trip Desert Days Doha Qatar $609
2024 Nov 11 4 days, one-way from Dubai to Abu Dhabi Dubai $399
2024 Nov 15 3 days, one-way from Abu Dhabi to Dubai Abu Dhabi $379
2024 Nov 16 7 days, round-trip Desert Days Doha Qatar $609
2024 Nov 18 4 days, one-way from Dubai to Abu Dhabi Dubai $479
2024 Nov 22 3 days, one-way from Abu Dhabi to Dubai Abu Dhabi $459
2024 Nov 23 7 days, round-trip Desert Days - Doha Extended Stay Doha Qatar $809
2024 Nov 25 7 days, round-trip Desert Days Qatar Grand Prix Dubai $999
2024 Nov 25 14 days, round-trip Desert Days Double Grand Prix Dubai $1709
2024 Dec 07 7 days, one-way from Abu Dhabi to Doha Qatar Abu Dhabi $809
2024 Dec 09 4 days, one-way from Dubai to Abu Dhabi Dubai $589
2024 Dec 13 3 days, one-way from Abu Dhabi to Dubai Abu Dhabi $379
2024 Dec 14 7 days, round-trip Desert Days Doha Qatar $609
2024 Dec 16 4 days, one-way from Dubai to Abu Dhabi Dubai $479
2024 Dec 20 3 days, one-way from Abu Dhabi to Dubai Abu Dhabi $419
2024 Dec 21 7 days, round-trip Desert Days Doha Qatar $729
2024 Dec 23 4 days, one-way from Dubai to Abu Dhabi Dubai $529
2024 Dec 27 3 days, one-way from Abu Dhabi to Dubai Abu Dhabi $419
2024 Dec 28 7 days, round-trip Desert Days Doha Qatar $729
2024 Dec 30 4 days, one-way from Dubai to Abu Dhabi Dubai $529
2025 Jan 03 3 days, one-way from Abu Dhabi to Dubai Abu Dhabi $379
2025 Jan 04 7 days, round-trip Desert Days Doha Qatar $609
2025 Jan 06 4 days, one-way from Dubai to Abu Dhabi Dubai $539
2025 Feb 15 7 days, round-trip Desert Days Doha Qatar $609
2025 Feb 17 4 days, one-way from Dubai to Abu Dhabi Dubai $399
2025 Feb 21 3 days, one-way from Abu Dhabi to Dubai Abu Dhabi $319
2025 Feb 22 7 days, round-trip Desert Days Doha Qatar $759
2025 Feb 24 4 days, one-way from Dubai to Abu Dhabi Dubai $399
2025 Feb 28 3 days, one-way from Abu Dhabi to Dubai Abu Dhabi $419
2025 Mar 03 4 days, one-way from Dubai to Abu Dhabi Dubai $529
2025 Mar 22 7 days, round-trip Heavenly Adriatic - Winter Piraeus-Athens $649
2025 Mar 29 7 days, round-trip Heavenly Adriatic - Winter Piraeus-Athens $649
2025 Apr 05 7 days, round-trip Heavenly Adriatic - Winter Piraeus-Athens $679
2025 Apr 12 7 days, round-trip Heavenly Adriatic - Winter Piraeus-Athens $949
2025 Apr 19 7 days, round-trip Heavenly Adriatic - Winter Piraeus-Athens $1069
2025 Apr 26 7 days, round-trip Heavenly Adriatic - Winter Piraeus-Athens $1029
2025 May 03 7 days, round-trip Heavenly Adriatic - Winter Piraeus-Athens $1139
2025 May 10 7 days, round-trip Heavenly Adriatic - Winter Piraeus-Athens $1284
2025 May 17 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus-Athens $1139
2025 May 18 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Thessaloniki Thessaloniki $1139
2025 May 19 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Kusadasi Kusadasi $1139
2025 May 20 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Heraklion Crete Heraklion $1139
2025 May 24 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus-Athens $1139
2025 May 25 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Thessaloniki Thessaloniki $1189
2025 May 26 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Kusadasi Kusadasi $1189
2025 May 27 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Heraklion Crete Heraklion $1189
2025 May 31 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus-Athens $1189
2025 Jun 01 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Thessaloniki Thessaloniki $1139
2025 Jun 02 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Kusadasi Kusadasi $1139
2025 Jun 03 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Heraklion Crete Heraklion $1139
2025 Jun 07 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus-Athens $1139
2025 Jun 08 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Thessaloniki Thessaloniki $1139
2025 Jun 09 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Kusadasi Kusadasi $1139
2025 Jun 10 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Heraklion Crete Heraklion $1139
2025 Jun 14 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus-Athens $1139
2025 Jun 15 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Thessaloniki Thessaloniki $1139
2025 Jun 16 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Kusadasi Kusadasi $1139
2025 Jun 17 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Heraklion Crete Heraklion $1139
2025 Jun 21 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus-Athens $1139
2025 Jun 22 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Thessaloniki Thessaloniki $1139
2025 Jun 23 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Kusadasi Kusadasi $1139
2025 Jun 24 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Heraklion Crete Heraklion $1139
2025 Jun 28 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus-Athens $1139
2025 Jun 29 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Thessaloniki Thessaloniki $1139
2025 Jun 30 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Kusadasi Kusadasi $1139
2025 Oct 04 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus-Athens $1489
2025 Oct 05 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Thessaloniki Thessaloniki $1489
2025 Oct 06 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Kusadasi Kusadasi $1489
2025 Oct 07 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean from Heraklion Crete Heraklion $1489
2025 Oct 11 7 days, round-trip Idyllic Aegean Piraeus-Athens $1339
2025 Oct 18 7 days, round-trip Heavenly Adriatic - Winter Piraeus-Athens $1339
2025 Oct 25 7 days, round-trip Heavenly Adriatic - Winter Piraeus-Athens $1339
2025 Nov 15 7 days, round-trip Desert Days Doha Qatar $609
2025 Nov 22 7 days, round-trip Desert Days Doha Qatar $809
2025 Nov 24 7 days, round-trip Desert Days Qatar Grand Prix Dubai $999
2025 Nov 29 7 days, round-trip Desert Days Doha Qatar $809
2025 Dec 06 7 days, round-trip Desert Days Doha Qatar $809
2025 Dec 08 4 days, one-way from Dubai to Abu Dhabi Dubai $589
2025 Dec 12 3 days, one-way from Abu Dhabi to Dubai Abu Dhabi $379
2025 Dec 13 7 days, round-trip Desert Days Doha Qatar $609
2025 Dec 15 4 days, one-way from Dubai to Abu Dhabi Dubai $479
2025 Dec 19 3 days, one-way from Abu Dhabi to Dubai Abu Dhabi $419
2025 Dec 20 7 days, round-trip Desert Days Doha Qatar $809
2025 Dec 22 4 days, one-way from Dubai to Abu Dhabi Dubai $529
2025 Dec 26 3 days, one-way from Abu Dhabi to Dubai Abu Dhabi $419
2025 Dec 27 7 days, round-trip Desert Days Doha Qatar $809
2025 Dec 29 4 days, one-way from Dubai to Abu Dhabi Dubai $529

Celestyal Journey Review

Review of Celestyal Journey

The 1994-built (as "MS Ryndam", fka "Aegean Goddess") cruise ship Celestyal Journey between 1994-2015 was named "MS Ryndam" (operated by HAL-Holland America Line) and in 2015-2020 was named "Pacific Aria" (operated by P&O Australia). The sisterships (by design) are the former HAL boats MS Maasdam/CFC Renaissance, MS Veendam/Aegean Majesty and MS Statendam/Vasco da Gama Nicko.

While operated by P&O Australia, the vessel (IMO number 8919269) was UK-flagged (MMSI 235113823) and registered in London. The new shipowner (Aegean Goddess Inc, subsidiary of Eaglepower Shipping Ltd/Seajets Ferries Greece) renamed it "Aegean Goddess" and reflagged it to Bermuda (MMSI 310811000). For the management was contracted Optimum Ship Services Ltd (2014-founded, Piraeus-based company part of Scorpio Group). Holland America Line owned and operated the boat via its subsidiary HAL Nederland NV (1994-founded).

History - construction and ownership

On August 12, 2022, was announced that in 2023 (May) will be inaugurated the new cruise brand "Victoria Cruise Lines" (website victoria.cruises) having a two-ship fleet - the sisterships Aegean Goddess (VICTORIA AMAZING) and Aegean Majesty (VICTORIA MAJESTIC).

  • The Paralimni Cyprus-based Victoria Cruise Lines company specializes in residential cruise shipping and is led by Olavs Zvinelis (CEO). The adults-only, all-inclusive travel brand provides a residential travel experience by allowing stateroom rentals for long-term occupancy (minimum 6 months).
  • Victoria Amazing was scheduled to depart from PortMiami (Florida USA) on February 1, 2023.
  • Victoria Majestic was scheduled to depart from Livorno (Italy), on April 1, 2023.
  • Victoria Cruises' cabin rates start at USD 8000 (inside cabin), US$10000 (oceanview), US$16000 (balcony). Travel and rental options are offered only to adults (18-yo or older).
  • All interior cabins on both ships were to be fitted with a 100-cm/40-inch LCD monitor for real-time sea views and sounds provided by 10x HD cameras.

For 3 years (2020-2023) Aegean Goddess was out of service (in cold layup) and remained docked in Port Lavrio (Attica Greece).

In late February 2023 was announced that Aegean Goddess was sold to/acquired by Celestyal Cruises and renamed "Celestyal Journey". Before entering service for Celestyal, the boat was scheduled for an extensive (EUR 20 million/~USD 21,2 M) drydock refit and refurbishment. The drydocking project was conducted at Valletta's Malta Dockyard/Palumbo Shipyard (May 21 thru August 27, 2023) and included full-scale refurbishments (public areas, staterooms), general hotel maintenance, hull works (steel, cleaning, painting, new livery), safety equipment and technical overhauls.

In April 2021, Pacific Aria was planned to leave P&O Cruises Australia, with the last voyage scheduled for April 9, 2021 (departing from Melbourne to Singapore via Fremantle). The last voyage was bookable as short break (Melbourne-Fremantle), Asia Explorer (Fremantle-Singapore) and "full farewell" (18-night B2B cruise Melbourne-Fremantle-Singapore). In February 2021, P&O Australia's fleet was also planned to leave Pacific Dawn (now Ambassador Ambience).

In November 2019, for both vessels were signed presale agreements with CMV-Cruise and Maritime Voyages. Pacific Aria was to be renamed to "CMV Ida Pfeiffer", Pacific Dawn - to "CMV Amy Johnson". Following the CMV's collapse (filed for bankruptcy in July 2020), Carnival Corporation reopened both ships for sale. Pacific Dawn was sold to Ocean Builders to become their "Crypto Cruise Ship" (residential ship). Pacific Aria was sold in mid-October (the buyer was not revealed) and left the fleet. With P&O Australia (November 2015 through March 2020), the 26-year-old Pacific Aria sailed 450,000+ NM (~520K mi / ~835K km).

Celestyal Journey cruise ship (MS Ryndam/Holland America)

SEAJETS Greece (1989-founded) is a Cyprus-based shipping company that specializes in passenger and cargo ferry services exclusively in the Eastern Mediterranean (Aegean Sea). Seajets' fleet includes mainly fast-ferries (14x high-speed catamarans, max capacity 2100 passengers + 600 cars) plus 3x conventional Ro-Pax vessels (max capacity 1300 passengers + 400 cars). Seajets operates from homeports Piraeus-Athens, Lavrion and Crete (Heraklion and Rethymno) interconnecting 26 Cyclades Islands (Crete including) with 260 connections.

The 1260-passenger ship was launched and operated as "MS Ryndam" by Holland America Line between 1994 and 2015. In May 2014, Carnival Corporation (shipowner for both brands P&O AU and HAL) announced that the liner would be transferred to P&O Australia's fleet in 2015, following a drydock refurbishment to tailor Ryndam for the Australia-New Zealand source market.

Decks and Cabins

Celestyal Journey staterooms (630 total) include 28x Grand Dream Suites and 120x Junior Dream Suites. The ship's largest accommodation is Deck 11's Stargazer Suite (Celestyal Cruises' first penthouse) with a large terrace which is sized 940 ft2 / 87 m2 (including the terrace). Over 80% of all staterooms are outside, and ~55% of those are Cosmos Cabins.

Pacific Aria had 29x Grand Suites, 120x Balcony Junior Suites, 353x Oceanview, and 128x Inside staterooms, grouped in 13 cabin categories.

Most staterooms are standard-sized (190 ft2 / 18 m2) and nearly 1/4th are with private step-out balconies.

The boat has 12 decks, of which 9 are passenger-accessible and 5 with cabins.

Shipboard facilities and amenities (Celestyal Journey review)

Celestyal Cruises Journey ship has 7 new dining options including Thalassa Restaurant, Olive Restaurant, Leda Casual Dining, Grill Seekers, Pink Moon (Asian restaurant), and the exclusive Chef's Table (VIP dining room with a live cooking demonstration station).

Thalassa Restaurant is the MDR (complimentary Main Dining Room) open for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (a la carte menu). Adjacent to the Restaurant is the Galley (kitchen with storage rooms for food and beverages).

Leda Casual Dining is a buffet-style outdoor seating/alfresco area where is served Continental Breakfast (7-8:30 am) and Afternoon Tea with snacks (4-5 pm).

Other dining venues include Marco Polo Restaurant, Mediterraneo Restaurant, The Grill Specialty Restaurant, and The Grill Lounge.

The Grapevine Wine Cellar is a boutique winery with a large selection of premium wines. Here are hosted daily wine tastings and classes. Top-brand wines are available for purchasing and pre-ordering for dinner.

At the new Fizz Club guests can enjoy hand-crafted cocktails and fine champagne.

Martini Piano Bar & Lounge is a specialty cocktail bar with live piano performances (nightly) and also serves the Casino (gaming lounge). The Martini Lounge offers as entertainment live music and dance performances. Martini Bar serves exclusive Signature Cocktails.

Ble Bar and Lounge

The outdoor relaxation complex has a resort-style swimming pool and is served by the Ocean Bar. Its spacious sundeck/sunbathing area is fitted with padded loungers and deckchairs (sun lounges, daybeds, cabanas, hanging pod chairs).

Helios Deck & Beach Club

Helios Bar has a few barstools, stylish lounges, tables and chairs. Its retractable roof and covered spaces enable open-air drinking. 

Ice Cream and Healthy Juice Corner also sell iced coffee, thick shakes, specialty coffees and teas.

The fore-located Horizons Lounge is an indoor observation lounge with a full-service bar, ample seating, floor-ceiling windows (for 270-degree panoramic views), large central dance floor. The Horizons doubles as a Cocktail Bar and Disco Nightclub (karaoke bar in the evenings).

The Amphitheatro (fka Teatro Show Lounge) is a 2-deck high theater/big-capacity show lounge with tiered seating and a dance floor. The grand-style evening entertainment program is complimentary and includes show productions, music revues, live music, dance shows, stand-up comedy acts, magicians and acrobatic performances.

The Atrium's lower level/Lobby houses the Reception Desk (guest services, assistance, information) and Shore Excursions Desk (information and booking of land tours). The Atrium's upper level is served by the Argo Bar & Lounge. The lobby bar provides a home-like environment, furnished with comfortable lounges and small coffee tables. Beside the theater's shows, the onboard entertainment options also include live music performances, guest lectures, cooking workshops

The Photo Shop & Gallery displays photos made by the ship’s photographers and also sells duty-free equipment and accessories.

The cruise ship has three Conference Rooms (Symposium 1, 2, and 3) hosting large-group and corporate meetings, lectures, seminars, conferences at sea, and other private events.

There are three Tax and Duty-Free Shops ("Duty-Free and Value", "Agora", "Essentials"), including a general store for convenience goods. The onboard shops sell liquor, tobaccos, brand perfumes, cosmetics, sunglasses, fashion and accessories, and luxury watches – all at duty-free prices. 

Jewellery Shop

Shorex Selling Kiosks

The Casino/gambling lounge has gaming tables (poker and roulette), several slot machines, video arcade, and is served with beverages by the Martini Bar.

Spa & Fitness (the ship’s Wellness Center "The Sozo Experience") consists of 2x Sauna Rooms 1x Steam Room & Jacuzzi (unisex, all complimentary), Treatment Rooms (for spa massages and therapies), a Gym Room (equipped with a treadmill, exercise bikes, free weights), Beauty Center (facials, nail-hairdresser-barber services).

Celestyal Journey's main pool deck (deck 11) has 1x large Swimming Pool, 1x outdoor Jacuzzi/Whirlpool, and 2x Spa Pools/hot tubs. The entire pool area is covered with a retractable glass roof. The luxury resort experience here is provided by a Greek Deli with deluxe daybeds. This is also the place for the open-air deck parties held in the evenings.

The ship's sports complex groups a full-size Tennis Court (portside), a full-size Basketball Court (starboard), and a Deck Games area around the sliding dome (quoits, golf putting green, shuffleboard).

Kids' Room and Video Arcade include all teen- and kids club lounges offering complimentary and supervised age-appropriate activities.

Pacific Aria (ship review)

Pacific Aria showcases P&O Australia's biggest dining options selection, with 15 venues in total.

The Pantry replaced the traditional buffet. It is an area of fresh-food stations including items like fish and chips and a delicatessen.

The Dragon Lady serves a range of Asian dishes, Angelo's is an elegant Italian venue.

The Open Kitchen is a modern cooking school. Back by popular demand are favorites, such as the exclusive 14-seat Chef's Table and Salt Grill by Luke Mangan.

The Waterfront Restaurant (main dining room) continues to serve classic Australian dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a stylish setting.

Follows the complete list of Pacific Aria restaurants and food bars.

  • Waterfront Restaurant (open-seating dining room; each of all three dining rooms on Pacific Aria is operated with “Your Choice Dining” (a la carte) menus for breakfast and lunch, and offers a 4-course dinner menu. Tables seat up to 10 guests. Dining times vary according to sea/port days. The Waterfront is connected with the Asian- and Italian-themed dining rooms)
  • The Dragon Lady (Asian cuisine restaurant; ship’s second dining room)
  • The Angelo's (Italian cuisine restaurant, the third dining room)
  • The Pantry (self-service buffet restaurant with an open-air terrace)
  • Salt Grill (reservations-only specialty restaurant via a partnership with Australian celebrity chef Luke Mangan)
  • Chef's Table (specialty dining venue with gourmet private dining and tour of the galley).

Pacific Aria's bars and lounges include the Salt Grill Bar (complementing the MIX cocktail bar), Cellar Door for wine tastings and Dome nightclub. For kids, innovative activity clubs include Turtle Cove (ages 3-6-yo), Shark Shack (ages 7-10-yo) and HQ for teens. Adults can relax in the child-free Oasis (top deck's sundeck), while all ages enjoy the swimming pool on Lido Deck and the P&OEdge (top deck).

On Top Deck is P&O Australia's signature P&OEdge Adventure Park. This unique outdoor playground offers 20 different high-adrenaline activities, including zip-lining, rock climbing, rope jumping, racing. The most popular P&OEdge activities are named “Cargo Net Race”, “Flying Fox” (rope jumping across pool deck), “Atrium High Ropes” (net climbing in the Atrium), “Aft Funnel Climb” (rock climbing wall), "Bungee Tramp", "Bow Ladder Climb" and "Slackline Bouncing Bridge" (ropes course).

 

Follows the complete list of Pacific Aria's bars, clubs, lounges, and other entertainment venues for adults, teens and kids.

  • Atrium (3-deck central open floor area and social hub)
  • The Marquee Theatre (2-decks, featuring large-scale shows, magic and comedy acts; during the day, the theatre hosts Jackpot bingo games, trivia quizzes)
  • Cellar Door (boutique winery); Ocean Bar; Blue Room (bar); The Bar/Monkey Bar; The Grill/Lido Bar; Pool Bar
  • Cinema & Open Kitchen (indoor cinema with a culinary school)
  • Tax and Duty-Free Shops; PANDORA shop (jewelry)
  • The Dome (indoor observation lounge with floor-ceiling windows, large dance floor, full-service bar; transforms into disco nightclub in the evenings)
  • Casino (served by The “MIX” Lounge and Bar which doubles as a sports bar)
  • Expressions Studio (Photo Gallery and Shop); The Library (with Internet Cafe)
  • The Oasis (adults-only relaxation complex)
  • Aqua HealthSpaFitness (Wellness Centre with Day Spa, Thermal Suites, Fitness Centre with a separate room for classes, Hair and Beauty Salon); Main Pool Area
  • Promenade (decks 6 & 7), 2 pools (1 covered with sliding roof), 2 jacuzzis
  • Teen- and Kids club lounges (offering complimentary activities by P&O youth program: Turtle Cove/kids, Shark Shack/children, HQ Lounge/children, HQ+ Teen Lounge)
  • P&OEdge Adventure Park experience (high-adrenalin program with 20 different activities, such as climbing, jumping, racing, flying on ropes)
  • Jogging Track; Traditional deck games area (Deck Chess, Deck Quoits, Shuffleboard); Sports Court (basketball, volleyball, tennis); Table Tennis; Golf Nets.

Itineraries

For Celestyal Cruises, Celestyal Journey's inaugural season started with the Maiden Voyage on September 2, 2023, when the ship took over Celestyal Crystal‘s schedule. The program grouped 7-night Greek Islands itineraries leaving roundtrip from Piraeus-Athens, as well as from Thessaloniki and Heraklion (Crete Island) as alternative turnaround ports/homeports.

Celestyal's "Idyllic Aegean" itinerary (Piraeus roundtrip) visits Greece's Thessaloniki, Kavala and Patmos Island and Turkey's Istanbul, Dikili and Kusadasi-Ephesus. Select voyages visit Crete's Heraklion, Santorini Island (Thira), Mykonos Island, and Milos Island (Adamantas). Roundtrip departures are also offered from Thessaloniki and Heraklion (both serving as alternative homeports to Piraeus).

Celestyal's "Three Continents" itinerary (Piraeus-roundtrip) is Holy Land-themed and visits ports in Egypt (Port Said), Israel (Ashdod/Jerusalem), Greece (Limassol Cyprus, Rhodes) and Turkey (Kusadasi). Roundtrips are alternatively offered also from Limassol.

In late November 2023, was announced the new 7-night "Heavenly Adriatic" itinerary introducing 3 new Adriatic countries and 6 new ports - three in Greece (Kefalonia, Kerkyra/Corfu Island, Katakolon/Olympia) as well as Dubrovnik Croatia, Kotor Montenegro, and Bari Italy.

The itinerary was incorporated into Celestyal Journey's 2024-2025 schedule, starting on March 2nd (2024).

"Heavenly Adriatic" includes extensive port stays in Kefalonia, Kotor, Bari, and Corfu, along with late-night departures from Dubrovnik and a half-day stay in Katakolon for tours to Olympia.

Phoenix Reisen's World Cruise 2023-2024 ship charter

After being chartered by Phoenix Reisen, the Celestyal Journey is sailing from Genoa, Italy today on the first leg of a 143-night world cruise.

In December 2023, Phoenix Reisen chartered Celestyal Journey due to a delay in Amera ship's drydock refurbishment in Poland. On December 1st (2023), Celestyal Journey departed from Hamburg on Amera's 143-night World Cruise.

The itinerary was only the first segment of Amera's World Voyage (25-day from Hamburg to Cape Town).

However, as Amera's drydock was further delayed, Celestyal Journey's charter was expanded to the World Voyage's second segment (18-day from Cape Town to Victoria/Mahe Island Seychelles).

The Celestyal Journey-Amera ship exchange (scheduled to take place in Mahe/Seychelles in February 2024) was later rescheduled for Feb 25th (Benoa, Bali Indonesia) when Amera started the 23-day itinerary to Auckland New Zealand.

The full itinerary you can see at Amera's CruiseMinus page.

Pacific Aria itineraries (P&O Australia)

Pacific Aria itinerary program was based on Australia cruises from homeports Sydney NSW and Brisbane QLD, including roundtrip “South Pacific Islands” voyages to Fiji, Vanuatu, Santo, New Caledonia, “cruises to nowhere” and Moreton Island short breaks, Queensland cruises to the Great Barrier Reef (Coral Sea) and Papua New Guinea, Sydney-Brisbane repositioning cruises with one-way itineraries.

In 2020, the ship had planned its longest-ever New Zealand season - 7 months (April through October) with roundtrips from homeport Auckland NZ. P&O AU's 2020 program featured a new 14-day "Bounty Adventure" itinerary (operated since July 2020) visiting Norfolk Island, Vavau, Nuku'alofa, Suva, Dravuni Island, Port Denarau-Nadi.

The boat's New Zealand 2020 program included 18 longer itineraries ("P&O Voyages", 8- to 12 days) leaving roundtrip from Auckland to South Pacific Islands (including 12x visiting Fiji Islands). The 10-day "Bounty Discovery" itinerary (April, June, July, September) was to Norfolk Island, Lifou, Noumea, Port Vila, Mystery Island.

Following the vessel's sale in October 2020, a total of 26x P&O Pacific Aria cruises (departures between December 7, 2020, and April 9, 2021) were canceled. For details on the scheduled 2020-2021 itineraries see the ship's Wiki page.

MS Ryndam itineraries

For HAL, Ryndam operated on Caribbean voyages leaving roundtrip from Florida (during winter) and on Alaskan voyages out of Vancouver BC Canada (during summer). Before its transfer to P&O AU, MS Ryndam was drydock-refurbished in Singapore, then renamed “Pacific Aria”.

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The vessel (Fincantieri Monfalcone yard/hull number 5883) has volume 55877 GT-tons, DWT-deadweight tonnage 7447 tons, max draught 7,5 m. The powerplant is based on Wartsila-Sulzer marine diesel engines (models 12ZAV40S, ZA40S) with combined output 34,56 MW (46345 hp). The registered shipowner is OASIS SHIPPING SERVICES SA (previously AEGEAN GODDESS INC), while the registered manager is OPTIMUM SHIPMANAGEMENT SERVICE.

The Fincantieri Monfalcone-built ship Pacific Aria operated under the name "MS Ryndam" (for Holland America Line) since 1994. In 2015, the vessel was refurbished and transferred to P&O Australia, renamed "Pacific Aria" and homeported in Brisbane Queensland. In June 2017, P&O AU's fleet joined Pacific Explorer (fka Dawn Princess).

By design, the liner is sistership to Vasco da Gama (fka Pacific Eden) and to HAL's boats Maasdam/CFC Renaissance and Veendam/Aegean Majesty. Pacific Aria started operations in November 2015, right after the renaming ceremony in Sydney NSW. The christening ceremony was dual (also including the Pacific Eden ship) and held at Fort Denison (Sydney Harbour) on November 25, 2015. Aria's godmother is Mrs Jessica Mauboy (singer). Part of the dual naming celebrations were also the P&O Australia ships Pacific Pearl (CMV Columbus), Pacific Jewel (2020-scrapped as "MS Karnika") and Pacific Dawn (Ambassador Ambience). On each of the five ships, there were musical parties with live performances featuring Jessica Mauboy (on Aria), The Veronicas (on Eden), Samantha Jade (on Pearl), Justice Crew (on Jewel) and Stan Walker (on Dawn).

Pacific Aria's inaugural cruise (Mayden Voyage for P&O AU) was on November 25 (2-days Sydney to Brisbane). Pacific Aria was the first cruise ship to call on Fraser Island - followed by the fleetmate Pacific Eden. The island's location is along Queensland's southern coast- some 200 km (120 mi) north of Brisbane. This is a World Heritage-listed location and also the largest sand island in the world (length 120 km (75 mi), width 24 km (15 mi). The ship's scheduled visit to Fraser Island Queensland was on April 3, 2016 (4-day Brisbane round-trip cruise itinerary). The Great Sandy Strait is a 70 km (~ 43 mi) sand passage estuary (tidal strait consisting of bays and sand flats) that separates mainland Queensland from Fraser Island. On April 3, at high tide Pacific Aria entered and navigated through the strait, assisted by an experienced local pilot (a former Captain). At about 7 am the ship anchored off the Kingfisher Bay Resort. Among the special P&O Australia shore excursion deals on Fraser Island is the Kingfisher Bay Resort, offering 4WD tours along the island's beaches and some 1500 km (930 mi) of tracks.

Pacific Aria was also P&O's second boat (after Pacific Jewel) to visit the privately-owned Conflict Islands (Papua New Guinea). Aria's maiden call was on August 5, 2016. This is a group of 21 islands surrounding a blue lagoon with a pristine reef system. This makes the new destination one of the perfect ones for snorkeling and diving excursions in the South Pacific Ocean.

Celestyal Journey refurbishment 2023 review

Following the acquisition by Celestyal Cruises (in February 2023), the ship was scheduled to enter drydock at the Palumbo Shipyard (in Valletta Harbour Malta)

The drydocking was for extensive refit and full-scale refurbishment and was conducted in the period May 18th-August 27th.

The scope of works included full hull maintenance (cleaning, steel works, painting, new livery), checking all safety equipment, technical systems and machinery overhauls, extensive hotel renovations (public areas and staterooms) and amenities upgrades.

Celestyal announced that the drydocking project's cost is USD 20+ million (~EUR 19M).

Pacific Aria refurbishment 2018 review

The ship's 12-day drydock refurbishment in 2018 (August 3-15, done in Singapore) resulted in the following deckplan changes:

  • The Dome (Deck 12 forward) was redecorated with a new nautical theme (dark blue and white) and redesigned with new soft lighting and classy drapes. By day, the Dome is the right place for board games, dance classes, trivia and relax on the lounges. In the evening it transforms into a chic dance-spot.
  • Elemis Spa (Deck 11 forward) was enhanced and upgraded with Barber Shop. The new venue features chic decor (gold-framed mirrors, leather swivel chairs, premium curtains) and offers professional grooming services (hot towel shaves, beard trimming, and styling).
  • All Penthouse, Suite and balcony staterooms received new carpets and outdoor furniture.
  • Fleet's new Southern Cross themed livery was painted on the hull.

In total, on the ship were replaced with new 1000 pieces of furniture, 6000 m of fabrics, 10000+ m2 of carpets. New artworks and contemporary wallpapers were placed in public spaces.

Pacific Aria cruise itineraries 2020-2021 (CANCELED)

Next tables show some of the planned by P&O Australia cruises for Pacific Aria (by theme). Following the ship's sale in October 2020, all these voyages were cancelled.

3-day Cruises to Nowhere (roundtrips without any call ports) in 2021 were scheduled from Sydney (Jan 24, ), Adelaide (Jan 30, Feb 20, Mar 6, Mar 13) and from Melbourne (Mar 26, Apr 2).

4 days, round-trip Moreton Island - Tangalooma Sydney

Date / TimePort
07 Dec 16:00Departing from Sydney, NSW Australia
09 Dec 08:00 - 20:30Moreton Island, Queensland Australia
11 Dec 09:00Arriving in Sydney

10 days "Christmas Cruise"

Cruise Theme: Christmas cruise

Date / TimePort
18 Dec 16:00Departing from Sydney
21 Dec 08:00 - 17:30Noumea, Grande Terre island, New Caledonia
22 Dec 08:00 - 17:00Mare Island, Tadine, New Caledonia
23 Dec 08:00 - 17:00Mystery Island, Aneityum, Vanuatu
24 Dec 08:00 - 18:00Port Vila, Efate Island, Vanuatu
28 Dec 07:00Arriving in Sydney

10 days "New Years Eve Cruise"

Date / TimePort
28 Dec 16:00Departing from Sydney
31 Dec 08:00 - 17:30Noumea, New Caledonia
01 Jan 08:00 - 17:00Isle of Pines, New Caledonia
02 Jan 08:00 - 17:00Lifou Island, New Caledonia
04 Jan 08:00 - 17:00Norfolk Island, Australia
07 Jan 07:00Arriving in Sydney

8 days "A Taste Of New Caledonia"

Date / TimePort
07 Jan 16:00Departing from Sydney
10 Jan 08:00 - 17:30Noumea, New Caledonia
11 Jan 08:00 - 17:00Tadine, Mare Island, New Caledonia
12 Jan 08:00 - 16:00Isle of Pines, New Caledonia
15 Jan 07:00Arriving in Sydney

9 days "Explore The Loyalty Islands"

Date / TimePort
15 Jan 16:00Departing from Sydney
18 Jan 08:00 - 17:00Isle of Pines, New Caledonia
19 Jan 08:00 - 17:00Lifou Island, New Caledonia
20 Jan 08:00 - 17:00Mare Island, New Caledonia
21 Jan 08:00 - 17:30Noumea, New Caledonia
24 Jan 07:00Arriving in Sydney

4 days "Southern Getaway"

Date / TimePort
02 Feb 16:00Departing from Adelaide, South Australia
03 Feb 08:00 - 18:00Port Lincoln, South Australia
05 Feb 07:00 - 18:00Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island, South Australia
06 Feb 07:00Arriving in Adelaide

10 days Southern Discovery"

Date / TimePort
10 Feb 16:00Departing from Adelaide
13 Feb 07:00 - 15:00Albany, Western Australia
14 Feb 08:00 - 19:00Busselton/Margaret River, Western Australia
15 Feb 06:00 - 20:00Fremantle-Perth, Western Australia
17 Feb 07:00 - 18:00Esperance, Western Australia
20 Feb 07:00Arriving in Adelaide

7 days "A Taste Of Tasmania"

Date / TimePort
23 Feb 16:00Departing from Adelaide
25 Feb 07:00 - 19:00Melbourne, Victoria Australia
27 Feb 07:00 - 16:00Hobart, Tasmania Australia
01 Mar 08:00 - 19:00Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island, South Australia
02 Mar 07:00Arriving in Adelaide

7 days "A Taste Of Tasmania"

Date / TimePort
19 Mar 16:00Departing from Melbourne, Victoria Australia
21 Mar 07:00 - 18:00Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island, South Australia
23 Mar 10:00 - 23:00Hobart, Tasmania Australia
24 Mar 08:00 - 16:00Port Arthur, Tasmania Australia
25 Mar 09:00 - 17:00Burnie, Tasmania Australia
26 Mar 08:00Arriving in Melbourne

4 days "Kangaroo Island"

Date / TimePort
29 Mar 16:00Departing from Melbourne
31 Mar 07:00 - 18:00Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island, South Australia
02 Apr 07:00Arriving in Melbourne

The last scheduled by P&O cruise for Pacific Aria was a 6-days repositioning voyage from Melbourne to Fremantle Melbourne

Date / TimePort
09 Apr 16:00Departing from Melbourne
12 Apr 10:00 - 18:00Esperance, Western Australia
13 Apr 08:00 - 18:00Albany, Western Australia
15 Apr 06:00Arriving in Fremantle-Perth, Western Australia

Holland America MS Ryndam cruise ship

Follows the table with information regarding the previously named "MS Ryndam" Holland America vessel.

  • Cabin grades number: 26
  • Total number of passenger cabins: 630 (of which 149 Suites, no Balcony, 129 Inside, 32 Spa rooms)
  • Dining Room: Rotterdam
  • Restaurants and food bars: Lido (indoor buffet with outdoor Lido Terrace), Terrace Grill (fast-food), Pinnacle Grill (steakhouse, seafood, French /"Le Cirque" in the evening), Canaletto (Italian).
  • Lounges & Bars: Showroom at Sea (theater), Wajang (culinary arts, and cinema), Crow’s Nest (nightclub), MIX (Champagne, Spirits & Ales, Martini), Wine Tasting and Gourmet Shops, Explorer’s, Explorations Cafe, Neptune (suite guests), Ocean (Atrium bar), Casino, kids and teens lounges (Club HAL, The Loft, The Oasis), poolside bars.
  • Amenities: complimentary 24-Hour Room-Service, Supervised Kids Program ("Club Hal"), cruise ship weddings, Internet/WiFi Access, Laundry/Self-Serve Laundromats, Spa cabins (6 CQ - oceanview, 2 IQ - Interior), Spa suites (8, BQ).
  • Adults relaxation area (Sea View), Greenhouse Spa, Fitness, 2 jacuzzis, 2 pools, wraparound Promenade (Deck 6).

MS Ryndam's Maiden Voyage was on October 16, 1994, attended by the Godmother Madeleine Arison. On this vessel, there is an art-antiques collection of items from the 17-18-19th centuries (themed Dutch exploration). In its Atrium area (midship) it has a huge fountain (by G. Lebigre, Italy). Ryndam was HAL's 2nd vessel with this name. The first Ryndam was 12340 t passenger ship (1901-built/1929-scrapped).

MS Ryndam itineraries

The Holland America Ryndam ship was transferred to P&O Australia, starting operations in November 2015. Before the transfer, the ship operated on the following itineraries: Caribbean cruises from Tampa Florida

  • 7-day Western Caribbean - visiting Key West FL (or Cozumel Mexico), Roatan, Guatemala (Santo Tomas) and Costa Maya (Mexico)
  • 14-day Southern Caribbean - visiting Half Moon Cay (Bahamas), Puerto Rico, St Thomas, Antigua, St Lucia, Curacao, Aruba, and Grand Cayman
  • (back-to-back) 14-day Western Caribbean (with Key West and Cozumel), and 21-day Western-Southern Caribbean.

North European cruises from Dover (England, UK)

  • 7-day Norwegian Fjords
  • 14-day Arctic (North Pole)
  • 14-day Baltic Capitals
  • 21-day back-to-back
  • 19-day Canary Islands
  • 20-day Western Mediterranean

Mediterranean Sea cruises

  • 10-day Barcelona to Venice
  • 17-day Venice to Athens
  • 14-day Athens to Rome
  • 7-day Rome to Barcelona
  • 7-day round-trip Greek Isles and Turkey from Athens Greece
  • 14-day back-to-back

15-16-day Transatlantic crossings on repositioning between Tampa and Barcelona.