Celestyal Cruises has bought its second cruise ship this year.
The latest is Carnival Corp’s AIDA cruise ship ‘AIDAaura’. The 2003-built vessel will enter service in March, 2024 as ‘Celestyal Discovery’, following a multi-million euro upgrade in Greece.
Earlier, Celestyal had acquired the former ‘Ryndam’ from Seajets. She will also undergo a major refurbishment programme in Greece at the same time, ahead of entering service next year.
‘Celestyal Discovery’ will likely replace the ‘Celestyal Olympic’ next year, which will be offered for sale in December.
Chris Theophilides, Celestyal CEO, said, “Given the strong market and business conditions, we are excited to accelerate the renewal of our fleet by adding ‘Celestyal Discovery’ to the Celestyal family.
“The inclusion of ‘Celestyal Discovery’ in the comprehensive renovation programme during the winter period alongside ‘Celestyal Journey’, is a testament to our intention to continue pleasing our guests.
“As a confident brand, with a renewed fleet, a rejuvenated brand, a renewed network, and a renewed sense of direction, we look forward to creating new waves in the industry in the upcoming season,” he said.
Celestyal has also joined other cruise operators in the Eastern Mediterranean in ceasing all calls to Israel. The company initially said that it intended to replace Israel with Crete.