Celestyal Cruises, a Greek Islands and Eastern Mediterranean sailing specialist, announced that it has acquired an additional ship for its fleet: Celestyal Journey.
The vessel, which was originally Holland America Line’s 1994-launched Ryndam (and most recently P&O Cruises Australia’s Pacific Aria), will undergo an approximately $21 million extensive refurbishment and technical maintenance in the wider Piraeus ship repair zone area before officially joining Celestyal’s fleet.
“While the global events of the past few years have placed our growth plans on pause, the positive industry outlook, along with strong bookings for the coming season, provides Celestyal with the opportunity to recommence the process of renewing our fleet with new vessels,” said Chris Theophilides, CEO of Celestyal. “In addition to her expansive open decks, numerous bar and dining options, and spacious public areas and staterooms, Celestyal Journey provides our guests with a significant increase in premium and balcony staterooms, which continue to be in high demand on all of our voyages. We look forward to welcoming her to the Celestyal fleet!”
The news comes after the line offloaded Celestyal Experience, Costa Cruises’ former NeoRomantica, for scrap during the pandemic before it entered service.
Additional details regarding the new Celestyal Journey’s exact onboard experiences and itineraries will be revealed soon.