Celestyal Nefeli Review and Specifications
Specifications of Celestyal Nefeli
|Year built||1992 / Age : 27|
|Builder||Union Navale de Levante SA (Valencia, Spain)|
|Building cost||USD 45 million|
|Owner||SunStone Ships Inc|
|Speed||19 kn / 35 kph / 22 mph|
|Length (LOA)||164 m / 538 ft|
|Beam (width)||23 m / 75 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||19093 gt|
|Passengers||800 - 1074|
|Decks with cabins||5|
|Former names||MV Gemini, Vision Star, Superstar Gemini, Cunard Crown Jewel, Crown Jewel|
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MS Celestyal Nefeli cruise ship (previously “Gemini" for the now-defunct Quail Travel Group) was built in 1992 as “Crown Jewel” for Crown Cruise Line. Celestyal Nefeli is a luxurious passenger liner with a unique yacht-like design. Stylish lounges, cozy dining venues, and open promenades make the experience of sailing with the Louis Cruises line (renamed in 2014 to Celestyal Cruises) really memorable.
History - construction and ownership
Crown Jewel/Gemini is the largest cruise ship ever built in Spain. Crown Cruise Line used the vessel for cruises from the United States to the Caribbean, Bermuda, and Canada. In 1993, after being chartered to Cunard Line, the ship was renamed to Cunard Crown Jewel. In 1995 it was sold to Star Cruises, renamed to SuperStar Gemini and placed on cruise traffic out of Singapore. In February 1997 the vessel suffered an engine room fire.
In September 2007, Star Cruises announced that SuperStar Gemini had been sold and in December 2008 left the company fleet. Reportedly the new owner was Jewel Owner Ltd., a company in Bahamas-based Clipper Group of Denmark, which in 2009 chartered the ship to a new operator. In 2008, Clipper Group announced that it would rename the vessel the Vision Star and lease it to the Spanish operator, Vision Cruises. In March 2009, the Vision Cruises company ceased operations.
In early 2009, Mediterranean Classic Cruises was booking voyages in the Aegean Sea aboard Vision Star. However, these sailings were canceled due to the non-availability of Vision Star from Vision Cruises. Instead, SuperStar Gemini was renamed Gemini, and until 2011 had a Spanish operator, Quail Travel Group. Since the bankruptcy of Quail in 2011, mv Gemini was laid up in Tilbury Docks, Essex, awaiting charter or sale.
Cruise itinerary program
Celestyal Nefeli itinerary program offers Eastern Mediterranean cruises to Greece and Turkey. The 7-day itineraries are from Piraeus-Athens and Istanbul (overnight stay). From Izmir (Turkey) are offered Greek Islands cruises to Mykonos, Patmos, Rhodes, Crete (Chania), Santorini and returning to Athens. Next photo shows the Nefeli cruise ship passing through Corinth Canal.
Celestyal Nefeli accommodates a maximum of 1,074 travelers and features 400 staterooms. Of all Celestyal Nefeli cabins, 10 are Suite-grade accommodations each with a private balcony. The ship has a total of 277 oceanview staterooms (including the 10 suites) and 123 interior cabins. Of all outside rooms, 12 are Executive Suites and 31 Junior Suites. Most Executive Suites open to private balconies. Junior Suites are with extra storage space.
Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks
With two eating outlets to choose from, cruisers might enjoy the sumptuous Greek and Mediterranean kitchen onboard as well as twenty-four-hour room service. The Aegean Restaurant is the main dining room onboard Celestyal Nefeli. It is complimentary, features Greek cuisine specialties, and also has a dinner a la carte menu. The MDR restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Leda Casual Dining is the buffet-style venue for alfresco dining with outdoor seating area. Continental Breakfast (7:00 - 8:30 a.m.) and Afternoon Tea (4:00 -5:00 p.m.) are also served here.
Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport
Celestyal Nefeli 's standout feature is a 5-deck, glass-walled atrium with windows that are overlooking the sea. Onboard facilities include 5 bars, 4 lounges, a swimming pool, jacuzzi, Oscar's Beauty Center and a casino. The itineraries feature numerous events themed around Greek gastronomy and culture.
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For summer 2019 season, Turkey's largest tour agency Etstur chartered Celestyal Nefeli (Gemini) for roundtrips from homeport Izmir (Turkey) to Greece (Syros Island, Mykonos Island, Santorini Island and Piraeus-Athens). The seasonal ship charter offered 3- and 4-day itineraries starting May 31 (with a 2-day mini-cruise) and ending on September 8. Etstur's 3-day cruise prices started from EUR 230 / USD 260 per person (double occupancy).
Note: In 2019, ship's name (Celestyal Nefeli), MMSI (538003843) and registry/flag-state (Marshall Islands) were changed, respectively, to Gemini-Bahamas-311000160.
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