Celestyal Cruises is further suspending sailings until July 30 due to the ongoing travel restrictions and temporary port closures within the region in which the cruise line operates.
The Greek government recently announced that the Greek tourism season will gradually restart in the next few weeks with international flights from select countries resuming in July.
Celestyal Cruises says it will continue to monitor the phased opening of Greece to North American travellers while working closely with the Greek authorities on the development of enhanced health and safety protocols.
Leslie Peden, chief commercial officer for Celestyal Cruises, commented: “Unfortunately we had to make this difficult decision as a result of the evolving situation in the region in which we operate. We apologize to our valued guests and travel partners for the inconvenience this further temporary suspension will cause.”
“However,” Peden continued, “I’m confident they understand that we take into consideration all aspects that will ensure the health and safety of our guests and crew. It’s encouraging to see that Greece is prudently commencing it’s reopening for international tourism in a phased manner following the country’s globally acclaimed best-practice handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. When the time is right, we look forward to recommencing our operations and welcoming guests back onboard.”
For all named and paid individual guests impacted by this temporary suspension, Celestyal Cruises is offering a Future Cruise Credit (FCC) valued at 120% of original booking value. Guests will have until the end of December 2021 to redeem their Future Cruise Credit against any of Celestyal Cruises’ itineraries through end of December 2022.
For additional flexibility should guests choose not to redeem their FCC by end of December 2021, they will automatically receive a full refund equal to the original amount paid to Celestyal upon the voucher’s expiration..
To reduce the inconvenience as much as possible, Celestyal Cruises will automatically send the Future Cruise Credit Voucher directly to guests or their travel advisors, so there will be no need to call the Contact Center other than to rebook.
Following Celestyal Cruises recent 2021 and 2022 digital brochure launch supported by the generous early booking promotional campaign “Escape To The Future,” an updated “Peace of Mind” policy allows guests to change any cruise that sets sail from now through Dec. 31, 2021. This applies to new bookings made until Aug. 31, 2020. A
s long as the booking is changed at least 30 days before the sail date, a future cruise credit for 100 percent of the value received by Celestyal will be issued. The credit can be used toward any cruise that sets sail through Dec. 31, 2022.
What’s New For Celestyal In 2020, 2021
Celestyal Cruises has released details of its 2021 and 2022 deployment featuring new ports of call in Syros, Agios Nikolaos (Crete) and Thessaloniki, additional seven-night Steps of Paul sailings due to popular demand and amended itineraries to ensure guests enjoy as much time ashore as possible.
Highlights of the 2021 and 2022 sailings include:
- New Three- and Four-Night “Iconic Discovery” Celestyal Olympia Sailings Starting at $610, per person.
- Seven-Night “Idyllic Aegean” Sailings on Celestyal Crystal Starting at $1,250, per person.
- Seven-Night ‘Eclectic Aegean’ Sailings on Celestyal Crystal Starting at $1,250, per person.
- Seven-Night “Three Continents” Sailings on Celestyal Crystal Starting at $1,250, per person.
- Seven-Night “Steps of St Paul” Sailings on Celestyal Crystal Starting at $1,500 per person.
Celestyal’s chief commercial officer, Leslie Peden said: “For 2021 and 2022 our midsized ships will focus on our most popular, less crowded and award-winning itineraries that showcase the best of Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean. The new undiscovered destinations of Syros, Agios Nikolaos and Thessaloniki will not only provide our guests with outstanding new experiences but they complement the existing itineraries and will ensure guests maximize time ashore.”
The 2021 and 2022 itineraries are all currently bookable. A digital brochure is available at http://brochures.celestyal.com/2021-2022-main-brochure-english-us$/ .
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