Celestyal Experience is the latest and largest ship to join the Celestyal fleet
Greek cruise line Celestyal Cruises has increased its fleet to three -- and introduced a new flagship -- with the acquisition of the 1,800-passenger vessel Celestyal Experience. Built in 1993 at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy for Costa Crociere (later bought by the Carnival Corporation), the ship previously sailed under the names Costa Romantica and Costa neoRomantica. It was extensively refurbished in 2011, including the addition of two new half decks and more than 100 cabins, which increased its tonnage from 53,049 to 56,769 tons. The ship will set sail under its new name and ownership in March 2021 and showcase new wellness staterooms, a beach club and Mediterranean cuisine. It is the largest ship in Celestyal's fleet, joining mid-size ships Celestyal Crystal and Celestyal Olympia which accommodate up to 1,500 passengers.
Celestyal Cruises specialises in cruises to the islands of Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean. Celestyal Experience's inaugural sailing, departing on March 6, 2021, will be the seven-night "Greek Continents" cruise calling at Athens and Rhodes (Greece), Kusadasi (Turkey), Ashdod (Israel), Port Said (Egypt) and Limassol (Cyprus). Later in the season, the ship will sail on the week-long "Idyllic Aegean" and "Eclectic Aegean" itineraries. The latter will feature the new embarkation port of Thessaloniki in addition to an overnight stay in Istanbul.
The state-of-the-art Spa, Beauty and Wellness facilities onboard Celestyal Experience create a relaxing and luxurious environment so you can enjoy every moment and leave feeling better than ever
Relax, unwind and rejuvenate your body at the onboard Spa & Beauty Salon. Their professional team offer a variety of spa treatments, services and packages to leave you feeling pampered from head to toe
For a unique experience that combines sophisticated decor, with fine wine and delectable cheese, why not try the onboard Wine & Cheese Bar, which can be found on deck 8
For entertainment, music and a lively atmosphere late into the night, head over to the Tango Disco Bar. Featuring a whole host of entertainment with Greek and international themes, it is the perfect place to dance the night away
Dedicated to 'Suite' and 'Wellness' class guests, the adults-only Beach club provides a tranquil and dedicated area to enjoy stunning sea views and first-class service in the comfort of premium sunbeds and cabanas
With a range of duty-free shops onboard selling everything from souvenirs to sweet treats and Authentic Greek products to designer brands, there is something for everyone at Agora Avenue
If you enjoy regular sports or want to try something new, the onboard sports centre offers a range of activities such as Zumba classes, volleyball, basketball, darts and ping-pong to enjoy with fellow guests
The state-of-the-art fitness centre provides a well-equipped fitness and training zone to ensure you never miss a day of your training routine whilst offering stunning views
The ship offers 2 pools and a number of jacuzzis offering a relaxing space for you to enjoy the stunning sea views under the heat of the sun
Why not try your luck at the glamorous Excelsior Casino providing a huge selection of Slot Machines and table games such as Blackjack and Poker
The main entertainment for the ship can be found at the Vienne Cabaret Show Lounge & Bar. Talented musicians and performances bring you live entertainment in shows such as karaoke, Greek dancing and singers
The reception provides a wonderfully sophisticated and glamorous heart of the ship. Presenting a deep purple decor with comfortable settees and armchairs, it is the perfect spot to sit back and enjoy the atmosphere
The Lounge Vienna provides another entertainment venue for the ship. Offering live performances and serviced by its own bar, it is the perfect spot to enjoy your favourite drink or cocktail
The ship's 4,300m2 panoramic spa is spread across two decks and features luxurious facilities such as massage rooms, saunas, thermal suites, thalassotherapy baths and a Japanese-styled Tea Parlour
Other amenities include seven bars and lounges -- with a new Mediterranean wine and cheese bar -- two pools, two hot tubs, a sun deck and jogging track, casino, library, shops and nightly entertainment. A standout facility is the 47,300-square-foot spa spanning two decks with a gym, thalassotherapy baths, massage rooms, saunas and thermal suites. The spa also has a relaxing Japanese-style tea room serving teas and herbal infusions. There are lifts to all passenger decks and smoking is allowed in designated outdoor areas. Room service, laundry and Wi-Fi are available at extra charge.
The main dining room can be found on deck 8 and provides a sophisticated and elegant interior and serves mouth-watering Mediterranean cuisine made from fresh ingredients
Celestyal Experience boasts a fantastic choice of dining experiences and venues from their 6 restaurants. Whether you enjoy Mediterranean cuisine, casual dining or food from the grill, there is something for everyone
The buffet-styled dining at the Giardino Buffet Restaurant offers a more relaxed and casual dining experience in addition to the fine dining and speciality restaurants onboard
Along with the main dining room and other dining venues, the ship also hosts 2 speciality restaurants onboard. Perfect to celebrate a special occasion or simply enjoy a special treat on your voyage
Celestyal Experience has four restaurants, including a casual dining Greek grill and deli, and they feature the line's trademark Mediterranean cuisine ranging from pizzas prepared in a wood-burning oven to fine dining paired with local wines and menus using local olive oils, cheese and other regional specialities.
Suite with Panoramic Window
Wellness Grand Suite
Wellness Junior Suite
Wellness Suite with Seaview Panoramic Window
Celestyal Experience has 789 cabins --166 with balconies -- located on eight of the 10 passenger decks. The cabins range in size from single and inside cabins measuring 150 square feet to six Grand Suites, sleeping up to four. These suites measure 500 square feet and have verandas measuring 150 square feet. A first for Celestyal is the introduction of four all-new Wellness Spa stateroom categories, all with balconies, situated on Deck 14, the uppermost passenger deck and reserved solely for the use of passengers staying in these suites. Perks include free and unlimited admission to the spa area and priority access to speciality restaurants and the new island-inspired Beach Club. The club is an adults-only outdoor area, also available to passengers staying in other suite categories, and features cabanas, premium sunbeds and a hot tub overlooking the stern of the ship. Celestyal Experience has a total of 166 suites, a higher number than its two other ships. Passengers booking the 34 suites in the top categories will benefit from a concierge service with priority check-in and embarkation, express luggage delivery, unpacking and an exclusive dining area. Standard amenities in all cabins, which can be configured as twins or doubles, include a bathroom with shower, seating area, dressing table/desk, TV entertainment system and fridge. There are accessible cabins and staterooms with Pullman beds for a third or fourth passenger.