Celestyal Cruises, the Mediterranean cruise specialist, has announced its 2021 season will commence on 24th April with a seven-night Idyllic Aegean itinerary.
Celestyal previously planned to resume operations in March. The cruise line have pushed back the start date due to international travel restrictions and port closures arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.
New Departure Port and Terminal
In other news, Celestyal announced that it will move its operations for the three- and four-night Iconic Aegean cruises from the Piraeus Port to the Lavrion Port & Marina. The new port is located just 16 miles from Athens Airport and the same distance to Athens city centre as Piraeus Port.
Celestyal will operate from a new, dedicated terminal facility at Lavrion, which will provide an enhanced and quicer embarkation and disembarkation experience. The dedicated terminal will allow for the thorough implementation of the comprehensive and enhanced health protocols while ensuring that Celestyal’s intensive three-and-four night itineraries operate flawlessly within their time sensitive schedule.
“In keeping with Celestyal’s aspiration of providing more immersive experiences, Lavrion is an historic small Greek town on the outskirts of the greater Athens area and just a 10 minute drive from the world renowned site of the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion. The port and city of Lavrion is definitely another interesting destination worth discovering. We hope that having to move the start of our scheduled season doesn’t inconvenience our guests too much. Our top priority is always the well-being of our guests, and we want to ensure that they receive our award-winning Celestyal experience, visiting all the unique destinations we call upon in the region.”Leslie Peden, chief commercial officer.
Compensation for Cancelled Cruises
Guests booked on the cancelled voyages will have the option to receive a refundable Future Cruise Credit (FCC) equivalent to 100% of the amount paid plus an additional non-refundable bonus FCC equal to 20% of the actual cruise fare paid.
As an added element of flexibility and recognising the prolonged effects of the pandemic, Celestyal has announced that it will allow guests currently holding FCCs as well as guests about to receive FCCs, as a result of the new recommencement date, the opportunity to apply the FCC towards Celestyal’s soon-to-be-announced 2023 itineraries in addition to 2021 and 2022 itineraries.
In mid-2020, Celestyal Cruises purchased the ship neoRomantica from Costa Cruises. The ship was one of the 26 cruise ships scrapped or sold in 2020.
For more information or to book visit https://celestyal.com/uk/