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Celestyal Cruises announced that it has resumed operations with its 7-night Idyllic Aegean itinerary on the Celestyal Crystal. This Greek island itinerary calls upon Kusadasi (Turkey), Rhodes, Santorini, Lavrion, Mykonos, Milos and Crete.

“Following a most difficult and challenging year, we are beyond thrilled to be welcoming guests back onboard this summer on our most popular and signature Greek island itinerary: the Idyllic Aegean. This was no small task and is due to the unwavering dedication and unified teamwork of the Celestyal team, both shoreside and onboard, and the support from our strategic partners, both large and small.  We are all excited to be welcoming guests back onboard to experience our award-winning, warm and genuine Greek hospitality that only Celestyal can deliver and to coming back stronger than ever,” said Celestyal Cruises’ CEO, Chris Theophilides, in press materials.

“It is with great pride for all of us working in the Greek tourism industry to see the return of Celestyal ships to the Greek seas this summer,” said Greece’s Minister of Tourism, Harry Theoharis, in a press statement. “The resumption of cruising, under our new health and safety guidelines, and the strong commitment to Greece from the cruise industry at large is further proof of how resilient Greece is and how quickly we can bring back a sense of normalcy—just in time for the summer travel season.”

The start of the summer season with the deployment of the Celestyal Crystal will be followed by the deployment of the Celestyal Olympia, which will set sail on June 28 – Aug. 30 on Celestyal’s new, 7-night Legendary Archipelago itinerary from the cruise line’s terminal at Lavrion Port and Marina (Athens), located just 16 miles from the Athens Airport and a similar driving time from the city center as the Piraeus Port. The Legendary Archipelago itinerary will introduce Thessaloniki, as well as call upon Mykonos, Santorini, Ag. Nikolaos (Crete) and Rhodes in Greece and Limassol in Cyprus.  Celestyal is the only cruise line calling on a regular basis to Thessaloniki.

As of August 30, the Celestyal Olympia will operate her scheduled  3- and 4-night Iconic Aegean and Iconic Discovery itineraries from Lavrion Port and Marina for the remainder of the season. In the fall, Celestyal Crystal will sail on the Eclectic Aegean, Steps of Paul and Three Continents itineraries, as per her previously announced program.

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