Celestyal Cruises

With all-inclusive cruising to the Greek Islands, Cyprus, Egypt, Israel and Turkey, Celestyal Cruises offers unique shore excursions, a specially designed onboard entertainment programme, comfortable rooms, meals made lovingly with fresh local ingredients and more!

Celestyal Cruises is the main home-porting cruise operator in Greece and the preeminent cruise line serving the Greek Islands and East Mediterranean. The company operates two mid-sized vessels, each one cosy enough to provide genuine and highly-personalised services. The foundation of the company’s philosophy is the ‘destination.’ Every cruise focuses on true cultural immersion, offering authentic, lifetime experiences both on board and on shore wherever its vessels sail.

Our mission is to offer our guests an amazing personalised experience where they will live, feel and taste the best each region has to offer through a unique journey of authentic moments! With our medium-size, cozy vessels, we can take you to all the famous destinations in the Greek islands and Eastern Mediterranean. Join us and we promise you an unforgettable journey!

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Discover Greece One Destination at a Time

Whether you’re looking to relax on picturesque islands with unspoiled sandy beaches or stimulate your senses in places that have marked ancient history, we can help you experience it all.

HERAKLION

City of myths, ancient civilisations and world-renowned artists – Heraklion lives and breathes culture.

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Sailing into Heraklion port, the intimidating walls of Koules Fortress emerge from the sea to guard the ancient treasures found within the city. Capital of Crete, Heraklion is brimming with landmarks, world-class museums, golden beaches and a stylish nightlife scene that shape a destination to please everyone’s taste.

Pedestrianized streets wind their way around the historic center connecting squares, ornate Ottoman fountains and arcaded walkways within the secure Venetian walls. Strolling along the picturesque harbor-front promenade, you’ll spot traditional fishing boats coming and going, old vaulted shipyards in the distance as well as tavernas spilling out onto the seafront grilling freshly-caught fish and serving ice-cold drinks.

As the birthplace of Minoan civilization, Heraklion shows you the best of Crete history and culture. Exploring the Archaeological Museum, you’ll lose track of time looking at exhibitions covering more than 5,000 years, and you’ll soon uncover the city’s rich artistic heritage having given the world El Greco, poet Odysseas Elytis and novelist Nikos Kazantzakis.

MILOS

Dreamlike volcanic landscapes, legendary beaches and quaint fishing villages – Milos island is dramatic in every sense.

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Dramatically emerging from the Aegean Sea before you, you’ll be spellbound by Milos’ contrasting volcanic landscape that’s full of refreshing surprises. Its coastline reveals surreal shapes of sculpted rock that captivate viewers for hours, juxtaposed with quaint white stone fishing villages that blend seamlessly into the landscape.

Stepping off the cruise ship, a laid-back Cycladic island retreat awaits. Find peace and tranquility on one of the many beaches and feel the cooling, refreshing effect of the Aegean as you swim in its serene sea caves. Marvel at Cape Vani’s geological formations and travel along its ever-changing coastline to admire multi-colored sea cliffs at Paleochori and see evidence of how the island’s history was shaped by mining.

Arching its way around a central caldera, the island’s volcanic coastline spoils you for choice. Near Trypiti village, you’ll be able to explore one of the most ancient monuments in Christianity – the Milos Catacombs, where expansive underground chambers and passages were carved into the volcanic rock. Or sit back and relax in one of Milos’ quality terraced tavernas serving only the freshest catch of the day, discover colorful boathouses that magically emerge from the sea in Klima and stroll along Plaka’s hilltop cobblestone streets.

MYKONOS

Hilltops studded with windmills, endless rolling hills and beaches that glitter – a photogenic island from every angle.

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The Greek Island, Mykonos, flaunts its double personality the moment you set eyes on its coastline. Basking in year-round sunshine, its rugged rocky landscape blends seamlessly with smooth sandy beaches. In the distance, undulating hills host the island’s iconic windmills turning in symphony with the seasonal winds that have branded Mykonos ‘island of the winds’.

On appearance, traditional white-washed villages seem untouched by time, but delve deeper into their maze of cobbled streets and you’ll find cosmopolitan bars, exclusive boutiques and gourmet restaurants. High-energy nightlife gives way to calming, picture-perfect beaches where it’s easy to find your inner peace.

And travel back through the centuries at Mykonos’ archaeological sites where you’ll encounter the Sanctuary of Apollo and many other fascinating ancient relics that reveal the island’s varied past. Then explore traditional villages such as Ano Mera where the pure white walls of Panagia Tourliani monastery appear crafted from the landscape.

PATMOS

A dreamlike aura, volcanic landscapes and sacred sites; fall in love with an idyllic off-the-beaten-track island.

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Approaching the port of Skala, you can’t take your eyes off the monumental grid of medieval walls that emerge as if staking their claim over the island. Inching ever closer to Patmos island, your eyes will be drawn further down the hill to the fringes of white houses that circle Chora all the way to the pretty harbor of Skala.

Stepping foot on the island of Patmos you’ll be bowled over by its ageless, touching presence – villages appear undisturbed for centuries and its natural volcanic beauty captivates and absorbs all your attention. Patmos is also steeped in history: where architecture remains testament to Greek, Roman and Byzantine influences. And legends say that St John was inspired to write the Book of Revelations here.

The picturesque harbor of Skala may appear small on the outside, but a wealth of quality bakeries, shops and tavernas line the waterfront promenade tempting you to take a break and enjoy a refreshing drink. With no big towns; just secluded bays, towering cliffs and untouched landscapes, Patmos is as authentic as they come.

PIRAEUS

Row upon row of ferries, fishing boats and luxury yachts that stretch out as far as the eye can see – Piraeus welcomes you to the ancient city of Athens.

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The largest port in the Mediterranean and primary departure point for Greek Island cruises from Athens, Piraeus is a hubbub of activity that will bring your senses to life. With a sun-soaked promenade, al-fresco cafes and bars and countless shops, it’s a place where you can easily relax with a glass of wine and watch the world go by.

A port since antiquity, its seemingly infinite rows of quays are filled with luxury yachts and the comings and goings of people visiting the city of Athens or heading out to the blissful Greek islands. Further along the bay, you’ll find the charming port of Pasalimani where the laid-back atmosphere provides an escape with boutiques and secluded eateries.

Piraeus is your gateway into one of the world’s oldest cities. Venture into Athens alone or join a guided excursion from the cruise ship to discover the city’s ancient monuments, iconic landmarks and an open-air museum that’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before.

RHODES

Mystical mountains, beaches which stretch on forever, an ethereal medieval castle; welcome to the Island of the Knights.

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Approaching Rhodes island by sea is an experience all of its own. The clifftop Acropolis at Lindos rises slowly from the still blue waters, evoking the ancient Colossus which once adorned the harbor, and modern hillside villages lay in the shadow of the imposing medieval fortification.

Stepping off the cruise ship, an island of contrasts awaits; a tranquil paradise, rich with nature and layered with history. Wandering the Old Town, you’ll feel the presence of the Crusaders who once walked the same cobbled streets. The ruins left behind by Byzantines, Romans and ancient Greeks will whisk you even further back in time.

Alternatively, find peace and seclusion on the miles and miles of sandy beaches, or feel your cares drift away in the mineral-rich waters at one of the island’s many natural spas. Then head into the forested inland, where rivers and waterfalls flow, butterflies surround you in the Valley of the Butterflies, and native deer still roam free on the wild hills and mountains.

SANTORINI

Dramatic landscapes, breathtaking sunsets, endless blue waters, mythical mystique, and a sleeping Volcano.

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Cruising towards Santorini is like being swept away on a current to somewhere truly magical. You will its pull almost instantly. The island will greet you with its striking cliffs, promising adventure and legendary tales. The almost vertical towns of whitewashed houses and blue-domed churches will rise above the blue Aegean like an oasis of beauty and calm.

As you leave the comforts of the ship behind, you’ll trade them for the unique indulgences of Santorini. A sense of serenity and mystery washes over you as you step off deck and make your way through the winding, narrow streets of Fira. Start your days chasing thrills at the top of a dormant volcano and end them with mojitos on cliffs overlooking sunsets that will stay with you for a lifetime.

While the island is most famous for its striking landscape, Santorini provides a feast for all senses: Feel the heat of the sun under your feet as you walk along the black sand of its volcanic beaches. Savor the flavors of local products by pairing one of the island’s most famous dishes, creamy Greek fava, with a bottle of locally-produced Vinsanto wine. Listen to the calls of the seagulls and the crashing waves create a perfect harmony with the traditional music of the island. There is no doubt, you will leave Santorini with your own Greek myth.

VOLOS

Mythical homeland of Jason and the Argonauts as well as a modern-day port city that never stops, Volos promises a feast for the senses.

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Tucked in below Mt Pelion – land of the mythical centaurs – Volos embraces the Pagasetic Gulf to one side and the dramatic, mountainous Pelion Peninsula to the other. Step off your Volos cruise, and you’re greeted by a thriving university city whose energetic pace will whisk you up into its whirlwind of activity, both at the port and in the tsipouradika – traditional tavernas – and set you on course to uncover some real architectural gems, both ancient and neoclassical.

Wander around and you’ll find grand urban mansions sitting beside nods to the city’s long-lasting industrial heritage. And following the hum of activity will see you in Volos’ favorite local hangout, Kontaratou, which is brimming with countless cafes and eateries of all kind.

Do as the locals do and stroll along the seafront Argonauts Avenue to take you to some of the best tsipouradika tavernas – a Volos institution. These relaxed eateries serve up some of the city’s most delicious food accompanied by a tsipouro, or pomace brandy. There may well be impromptu singing and table sharing, but with just under 600 tsipouradika in Volos, they’re a gastronomic destination in their own right. Heading out of the city and into foothills of Mt Pelion, there is a potpourri of traditional villages sprinkled down forested hillsides, where you can hike in the summer or even ski in the winter when the hills are veiled in snow.

Discover Eastern Mediterranean One Destination at a Time

The Eastern Mediterranean is a feast for the senses. Ancient sites, culture and cuisine await in this sunny corner of the world.

ISTANBUL, TURKEY

Layers of history, tradition merging with modernity, and awe-inspiring architecture – Istanbul is like no other city in the world.

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Split between two continents, Europe and Asia, Istanbul is truly unique. It boasts lavish Byzantine architecture and imperial mosques with sky-high minarets that make up the city’s skyline; your first sight from the Bosphorus Strait on your Istanbul cruise. There’s an endless list of must-see sights to tick off, all conveniently packed into the Sultanahmet district.

The grand Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and Blue Mosque are among the most photographed landmarks in Istanbul, and the perfect places to delve into the city’s vivid history. As the end point of the Silk Road, lots of cultures have made their mark on the city’s tapestry. The modern-day Sultan Ahmet Square is the location of the old Hippodrome of Constantinople – an ancient meeting ground for chariot racing – the neoclassical St George’s Cathedral, subterranean Basilica Cistern and Chora Church all make up the incredible variety of sights in Istanbul.

Best of all are the many tea gardens and coffeehouses where you can rub shoulders with the locals as you unwind between sightseeing sprees. Then there’s the Grand Bazaar, a sprawling labyrinth of lanes filled with 4,000 shops and counting. Wander off the main thoroughfares and you might just catch a glimpse of talented artisans at work.

KUSADASI, TURKEY

Gateway to one of Europe’s largest open-air archaeological museums; find ancient treasures in Kusadasi.

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Arriving in the port of Kusadasi, Turkey you’ll instantly feel at home. A huge covered bazaar stretches out in front of you and the buzz from trendy seaside bars and restaurants floats through the air. Follow your instincts and lose track of time ambling from café to café and exploring its myriad of shops and historic sites.

Find time for yourself on one of the many white sandy beaches in and around Kusadasi such as Diamond Beach, Paradise Beach or Love Beach, where you can try your hand at windsurfing or even jet skiing. And there’s no shortage of good times in Kusadasi: weather that’s always on your side, a chilled, laid-back atmosphere and ancient sites on its doorstep.

In the city, itself, stroll around the Fortress of Kusadasi on Pigeon Island and discover city walls that protect historic gems such as the Fortress Mosque. But head out into the sun-soaked hills above the Aegean coast, and you’ll come across some of the most important archaeological sites in Europe.

Canakkale Turkey entry point to the ancient city of Troy and the famous Gallipoli Battlefields

CANAKKALE, TURKEY

History and mythology merge in a city defined by its strategic location – Çanakkale is your entry point to the ancient city of Troy and the famous Gallipoli Battlefields.

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Cruising in through the Dardanelles strait – straddling Asia and Europe – Çanakkale may sit at the narrowest part, but its history is one to broaden the mind. From the cruise ship, you can spot the wooden Trojan horse on the vast yacht-lined waterfront promenade – serving as a taster of what awaits.

Travelling into Çanakkale Province is where you’ll encounter a roll-call of sites that have marked the city on a map. It’s your gateway to the ancient city of Troy and the ancient Aeolian city of Assos. Set above the village of Behrankale, Assos promises a retreat from city life, vistas across the sparkling bay of Edremit, and the photogenic Temple of Athena.

From one remarkable battle to another, the Gallipoli Battlefields were witnesses to the WWI Battle of Çanakkale. The area is now a national park with poignant memorials and monuments to both Turkish and Allied troops. You can also visit Brighton Beach, now a memorial, where Anzac troops landed on April 25, 1915 and learn more about the Gallipoli Campaign right where it all happened.

Limassol Cyprus a stash of medieval gems, a glamorous marina and a sophisticated feel

LIMASSOL, CYPRUS

A stash of medieval gems, a glamorous marina and a sophisticated feel, Limassol serves up authentic Cyprus on a well-polished plate.

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Your first glimpse of Limassol from the cruise ship is its shiny, modern marina, filled with row upon row of yachts and fishing boats. You’ll be greeted by busy bars and restaurants that make optimum sunset-watching settings, but walk further along the never-ending seafront promenade, Molos, and Limassol’s past will soon reveal itself.

The jewel in the crown of Old Town Limassol is the medieval castle from where everything begins and ends. The castle houses the Medieval Museum, and legend has it that it was the site of the royal wedding between Richard the Lionheart and Berengaria of Navarre. The cobbled streets also lead you to the old fishing harbor and market where locals congregate.

Travel out of the city limits, and you’re spoilt for choice. The forested Troodos Mountains are just on its doorstep as well as hidden natural gems such as the Chantara Waterfalls. Polemidia National Park features nature trails and picturesque picnic points to take it all in. And then the Sanctuary of Apollo Hylates perfectly combines ancient monuments and a seafront setting worthy of any postcard from your Cyprus cruise.

Pyramids of Giza, River Nile, Sphinx and the mega city of Cairo – Port Said and Alexandria are your portals to some of Egypt’s must-sees

ALEXANDRIA, EGYPT

The Pyramids of Giza, River Nile, Sphinx and the mega city of Cairo – Port Said and Alexandria are your portals to some of Egypt’s must-sees.

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Sitting on Egypt’s Mediterranean coastline, Alexandria, the ancient capital of Egypt, is where you’ll join a guided excursion to Cairo and beyond. From here, there’s everything at your fingertips – the mighty Suez Canal, Egypt’s capital and the only remaining Wonder of the Ancient World, the Great Giza Pyramid.

In Cairo, you’ll come head on with frenzied commotion, but delve deeper and this global city will excite and seduce you with its history, both old and new. Step into Islamic Cairo, where there are over 400 historic monuments in the neighborhood alone, including the impressive Citadel – home to the extensive Egyptian National Military Museum and Mosque of Muhammad Ali, built from glittering Alabaster marble.

There’s no shortage of sights and museums, and any route will take you past Tahrir (Liberty) Square, a focal point of activity, into the Egyptian Museum and out to the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, which are just a stone’s-throw away. Afterwards, rejoin your Cairo cruise in Port Said.

Pyramids of Giza, River Nile, Sphinx and the mega city of Cairo – Port Said and Alexandria are your portals to some of Egypt’s must-sees

PORT SAID, EGYPT

Flickers of monumental maritime past and entry point into the Suez Canal, Port Said is your final port of call in Egypt.

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Sitting on Egypt’s Mediterranean coastline, Port Said is your last stop after an excursion into Cairo. A stroll along the Corniche before you re-embark your cruise will reveal the city’s maritime prowess and power. And with faded 19th century colonial consulates and mansion houses lining the entry into the mighty Suez Canal, you can’t help but stop and stare at the activity, noise and sounds around you.

Meanwhile, the historic center urges you along into its waves of commotion with locals shopping and selling in the bustling bazaar and new boutiques springing up next to the old. The National Military Museum gives an insight into the canal’s history, while the sandy beach bedecked with parasols and deckchairs seems a world away from the unrelenting action in the water.

The face of Port Said is ever-evolving, yet its heart remains true to its maritime past and present. A fitting grand finale to your time in Egypt.

The most important landmark in Port Said is one that your eye will be drawn to as soon as you arrive. Piercing the sky above the rest of the buildings at 56 meters tall, the octagonal lighthouse was built in 1869 to help guide boats into the Suez Canal. It’s still as iconic today.

Lying on the western outskirts of Port Said is the Commonwealth War Graves with burials from both World War I and World War II. Its location between the Mediterranean Sea and Lake Manzala lays testament to Port Said’s strategic use as a hospital center during the wars, receiving casualties from Gallipoli, Egypt and Palestine.

Wandering along the pedestrianized walkway, which snakes its way along the waterfront, transports you into Port Said’s glamorous yesteryear. Watch in awe as huge ships negotiate their way into the canal, and remember to look inland to spot once-decadent colonial buildings reminiscent of Europe by your side.

Note: the excursion begins from Alexandria and finishes in Port Said

Ashdod Israel gateway to Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Bethlehem

ASHDOD, ISRAEL

Revered pilgrimage sites, a 24-hour city and aromatic bazaars are all within easy reach of Ashdod.

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Located on the sun-soaked Mediterranean coastline, Ashdod is the starting point for a pilgrimage all of your own. A melting pot of religious monuments and cultural offerings can all be found within a short trip, and there’s something for every taste.

Travel north to Tel Aviv and be swept away by a city that never sleeps. Buzzing nightlife, cosmopolitan hangouts and a blossoming culinary scene make this an ideal destination for those chasing culture. Meanwhile, on the outskirts, life takes a more sedate pace in the ancient port city of Jaffa; crammed full of narrow passageways, ancient buildings and courtyards, each with a story to tell.

Alternatively, travel back in time in one of the oldest cities in the world – Jerusalem – where you’ll brush against churches, mosques and synagogues and other sacred sites. The walled city is overflowing with pilgrims, and with landmarks such as the Mount of Olives, Wailing Wall, Temple Mount, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, you’ll be testament to Jerusalem’s diversity first hand. You can also cross the border into Bethlehem, biblical birthplace of Jesus, to explore the fascinating Old City and search out its famed street art.

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Idyllic Aegean with the Celestyal Inclusive Experience

The 7-day all-inclusive cruise brings you all the must-see highlights of the Greek islands in just one week. Come and be serenaded by the romance of the Aegean on our brand new “Idyllic Aegean” seven-day cruise.

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A unique itinerary in 3 different continents (Europe, Asia and Africa) in just 7 days. If you’re interested in archaeology, religion and culture, this is a one in a lifetime experience that you shouldn’t miss.

Why Celestyal Cruises?

The Celestyal Inclusive Experience

Celestyal Inclusive experience features all-inclusive drink packages, all meals onboard, entertainment and comfortable cabins to stay in while you’re onboard as well as selected shore excursions.

Celebrate the Moments

Celestyal cruise vacations are all about treating yourself to something extra special, so onboard you’ll find a whole range of services that you can purchase in addition to your inclusive cruise package. Whether you want to celebrate a special moment with your loved one or spend quality family time together, you’ll find exactly what you need onboard.

Onboard Experience

From the moment you step onto the cruise ships, you’ll experience Greek hospitality at its very best. From the exquisite, personalised service of staff, to the cozy cabins and non-stop onboard entertainment, you’ll leave your cruise vacation with memories to last you a lifetime. Come aboard and experience authentic Greece with all your senses.

Cruising Types

Immerse yourself into Greek heritage.
Discover the hidden jewels of the Aegean.
Watch iconic postcard images come to life.

Themed cruises

Celestyal cruise vacations are all about treating yourself to something extra special, so onboard you’ll find a whole range of services that you can purchase in addition to your inclusive cruise package. Whether you want to celebrate a special moment with your loved one or spend quality family time together, you’ll find exactly what you need onboard.

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