PIRAEUS, Greece — Celestyal Cruises is introducing a new ship to its fleet, the Celestyal Nefeli.
The 400-cabin cruise vessel will replace the Celestyal Odyssey in the Eastern Mediterranean. Named for the Greek goddess of hospitality, the Celestyal Nefeli will sail Celestyal’s popular itineraries for the next two years, with embarkation from Turkey.
Like her fleet mates, the Celestyal Crystal and the Celestyal Olympia, her smaller size means she can dock in the smaller, unique harbours throughout the Eastern Mediterranean.
The introduction of smaller ports is part of the strategy to open new destinations in Eastern Mediterranean cruising.
Since 2014, Celestyal has added 15 new destinations, which include Milos, Ios, Kos, Samos, Symi, Chios, Cesme and Syros. These gems are only accessible to midsized vessels that comprise Celestyal’s fleet.
Celestyal Cruises’ source markets have responded to these new destinations with great enthusiasm, said the line.
In 2016, Celestyal will also increase the number of bespoke-themed events on its cruises, providing even more passengers with the best of Greek culture, gastronomy, history and wine. These themed events have become core to the real Greek experience that Celestyal offers its cruisers.
The Celestyal Nefeli (ex Gemini), which can accommodate 1,074 cruisers, was originally built in 1992 by Union Naval de Levante SA in Valencia, Spain. She will be delivered to Celestyal in February and refurbished prior to the commencement of the 2016 cruise season. Of her 400 cabins (277 outside and 123 inside), 12 are executive suites and 31 are junior suites: most of the executive suites have private balconies, and the junior suites have extra storage space.
Celestyal Cruises’ 2016 Iconic and Idyllic itineraries have been announced and are available at celestyalcruises.com.