Celestyal Cruises Welcomes New Ship To The Fleet

Celestyal Cruises has announced the arrival of its newest ship, the Celestyal Journey, set to embark on its maiden voyage on September 2, 2023.

Celestyal Journey

Originally sailing for Holland America Line as Ryndam from 1993 and as Pacific Aria for P&O Cruises Australia since 2015, the ship has undergone an extensive €20 million refurbishment and technical maintenance overhaul.

About Celestyal Journey

The Celestyal Journey is characterised by her abundant number of premium staterooms, spaciousness, and a wide range of dining and entertainment options. With its extensive refurbishment, the Celestyal Journey promises to deliver a luxurious and unforgettable cruising experience.

The ship’s name symbolizes exploration, discovery, and progress, embodying a spirit of ambition and adventure and a desire to take her guests further and get closer to the destinations she visits.

Celestyal Journey pool


Celestyal Journey is a mid-sized cruise ship accommodating 1,260 guests. She has 630 staterooms, 149 of which feature balconies, including 120 Junior Suites, 28 Grand Suites, and one Stargazer Penthouse Suite.

In total, there are over 280% more balcony suites on the ship than any other in the fleet, with more Dream Suites than ever before.

And the Stargazer is the first penthouse suite for the cruise line and offering a completely new level of luxury.

Food and Drink

The Celestyal Journey offers guests a large range of dining options. There are seven one-of-a-kind venues, including speciality and themed restaurants offering a wide array of tastes and cuisines, from Mediterranean to European and Asian dishes.

This includes Thalassa, where guests can enjoy dining under the moonlight, Grill Seekers, and Fig & Honey – perfect for daytime Greek cuisine.

The Smoked Olive restaurant is the ship’s Mediterranean venue, while Pink Moon offers Asian-inspired menus.

Celestyal Journey dining

The ship also features an exclusive Chef’s Table venue, ideal for celebrating special occasions with friends or for private group functions.

Celestyal Journey speciality dining

Eight bars and lounges round out the food and beverage offerings, each with its own distinctive character, providing the ideal setting to indulge in Celestyal’s signature cocktails.

Debuting on the ship is the Fizz Club, offering cosmic cocktails and Champagne with fantastic views for stargazing. The Grapevine Wine Cellar offers an impressive range of vintages, and the Blue Bar & Lounge features chilled piano music.

Celestyal Cruises cocktgails


The Sozo Experience is one of the key features of the ship. This is an entire deck inspired by the Greek custom of ‘Sozo’ – an ancient tradition related to health and wellbeing.

Guests can enjoy a fantastic fitness area with a dedicated instructor, or take the exercise outdoors to the tennis and basketball courts or the jogging track. There’s a sauna, steam room and jacuzzi, as well as a Dream Den relaxation area as part of the Sozo Spa, while the Glow Bar offers a range of pampering treatments.

The Celestyal Journey two fully-equipped conference rooms, as well as a multi-purpose amphitheatre complete with a cinema, making it perfect for meetings and incentives.

Outside, expect expansive sundecks with two pools and two Jacuzzis, offering spectacular views and connectivity with the sea.

Celestyal Journey pool

In the evening, guests can take in a live show at the Amphitheatro, which spans two decks, or enjoy live music throughout the ship.

And there’s plenty for the younger guests in your party to enjoy too, including a Kids’ Club and arcade games.

Suite Amenities

A secluded and tranquil outdoor space, the Beach Club, will be created for exclusive use by all Grand Suite and Junior Suite guests.

Guests booked in Grand Suites will also have access to Celestyal’s Concierge Service, which features a dedicated priority check-in counter, expedited embarkation, and express luggage delivery service, including assistance with unpacking. A dedicated Celestyal Concierge will be available in the exclusive-use Poseidon Lounge to assist Grand Suite guests with tailored service requests.

Take a look at this video to see more of what you can expect on board…

“The Celestyal Journey will offer our guests more in the way of premium accommodations with balconies, a greater choice of dining and bar venues, public areas and open decks creating a greater sense of space. At the same time, the newest member of the Celestyal family continues our tradition of operating intimate, mid-sized vessels, allowing us to take our guests to destinations that larger ships cannot, reinforcing our in-depth regional destination knowledge and genuine, warm Greek hospitality, both of which have consistently been recognised as second to none.”

Chris Theophilide, Celestyal Cruises’ CEO
onboard Celstyal Journey

Celestyal Journey Itineraries

The Celestyal Journey will set sail on its inaugural voyage on September 2, 2023, with the popular seven-night “Idyllic Aegean” itinerary.

Following this, the ship will continue in October with the unique “Steps of Paul” itinerary, followed by the award-winning seven-night “Three Continents” itinerary visiting Greece, Egypt, Israel, Cyprus, and Turkey.

This will be followed by two exclusive holiday sailings, the 11-night special Christmas voyage calling on Thessaloniki, Izmir, Crete, Antalya, Limassol, with two days in Alexandria and an overnight visit in Haifa (Israel) to spend both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in the Holy Land.

This can be combined with the New Year’s eight-night departure visiting Heraklion, Rhodes, Kusadasi, and overnighting in Istanbul before calling Volos.


Why Choose Celestyal Cruises?

Celestyal Cruises has been recognised as the number one choice for travellers to the Greek Islands and the Eastern Mediterranean. The company has a reputation for providing authentic and immersive experiences, allowing guests to explore the region’s rich history, culture, and natural beauty.

With the arrival of the Celestyal Journey, the company is expanding its capacity to meet the growing demand for cruise travel in the region. The ship’s spacious staterooms, balcony suites, and premium amenities offer guests the perfect combination of comfort and luxury. The ship’s extensive range of dining options, bars, lounges, and entertainment venues ensure that guests have plenty of choices to suit their tastes and preferences.

Celestyal Journey lounge

The Celestyal Journey’s inaugural voyage is expected to draw a lot of attention from travellers around the world. The ship’s unique itinerary, which includes visits to some of the most iconic destinations in the region, is sure to appeal to adventure-seekers and culture enthusiasts alike.

Celestyal Cruises’ commitment to providing authentic and immersive experiences is likely to make the Celestyal Journey a popular choice for travellers looking for a unique and unforgettable cruising experience.


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To Conclude

In conclusion, the arrival of the Celestyal Journey is a significant milestone for Celestyal Cruises. The ship’s extensive refurbishment and technical maintenance overhaul, combined with its abundant premium staterooms, spaciousness, and wide range of dining and entertainment options, promise to deliver a luxurious and unforgettable cruising experience.

Celestyal Journey Restaurant

With its unique itinerary and commitment to providing authentic and immersive experiences, the Celestyal Journey is sure to become a popular choice for cruisers seeking a unique and unforgettable cruising experience in the Greek Islands and the Eastern Mediterranean.


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