With the ongoing Covid-19 global pandemic having put travel on pause for many this year — including those heroes on the frontline of fighting to protect and care for communities across the world, Celestyal Cruises, the award-winning, number one choice for cruise travelers to the Greek Islands and the Eastern Mediterranean, is pleased to launch a special “Black Friday” campaign on select 2021 and 2022 all-inclusive cruises booked from now through November 30.
Cruises start as low as €259, per person, based on double occupancy and include free Covid-19 medical travel insurance coverage on qualifying dates. Children also sail for free and there is a reduced single supplement of just 15 percent for solo travelers.
For first responders and healthcare workers Celestyal is offering a special “HERO’S Discount” with up to 30 percent off current all-inclusive fares for bookings made from now through March 31, 2021 for three-, four-, seven- and 14-night 2021 or 2022 departures. The special HERO discount is available to qualifying front-line first responders (firefighters, police officers, emergency medical technicians, etc.) healthcare professionals (doctors, nurses and pharmacists) and back office medical staff and their immediate family members traveling together in the same stateroom. Supporting employment credentials (such an an employee id) will be required prior to boarding. During this season of giving, travelers can also opt to thank their healthcare workers or first responders with a much deserved gift of a future cruise vacation.
Among the cruises included in the “Black Friday” campaign is the three-night “Iconic Aegean”, starting at just €259, per person based on double occupancy. This sailing begins in Athens and calls upon Mykonos, Patmos, Crete and Santorini in Greece and Kusadasi in Turkey. Also featured is the seven-night “Idyllic Aegean,” starting at just €599, per person based on double occupancy, which also begins in Athens and calls upon Rhodes, Agios Nikolaos, Santorini, Milos and Mykonos in Greece as well as Kusadasi, Turkey.
Also starting at €599, per person based on double occupancy, is the seven-night “Eclectic Aegean” itinerary departing from Athens and calling upon Istanbul and Canakkale (Ancient Troy) in Turkey and Thessaloniki, Volos (Meteora) and Santorini in Greece.
The “Black Friday” event also features Celestyal’s award-winning seven-night “Three Continents” itinerary for €599, per person based on double occupancy, departing from Athens with calls in Port Said, Egypt; Ashdod, Israel; Limassol, Cyprus;, Rhodes, Greece and Kusadasi, Turkey. For €879, travelers can trace the footsteps of St. Paul, the Apostle, on a seven-night “Steps of Paul” itinerary leaving from Athens and calling upon Thessaloniki, Patmos and Kavala in Greece and Istanbul and Kusadasi in Turkey.
All cruises include the Celestyal All-Inclusive Experience with unlimited classic drinks, locally-inspired cuisine on-board, entertainment, select shore excursions, port, service charges and gratuities.
“We are truly grateful and humbled by the amazing heroes who continue to work tirelessly to take care of us all during this unprecedented time. We felt it important to recognize our heroes and through our Black Friday campaign give everyone something to look forward to in 2021 and beyond, “ said Leslie Peden, chief commercial officer. “We also feel that the holidays are the perfect time to give the gift of a cruise to families and friends as well as perhaps even to a special healthcare worker or first responder who helped those in need during these trying times.”
About Celestyal Cruises
Celestyal Cruises has fast built an award-winning reputation and recognition as the number one choice for cruise travellers to the Greek Islands and East Mediterranean thanks to its regional expertise and exceptional hospitality. The company operates three vessels, each one cosy enough to provide genuine and highly personalised services. The foundation of the company’s philosophy is built on a unique Greek heritage which combines outstanding hospitality with genuine cultural destination immersion and provides authentic, lifetime experiences both onboard and onshore.
In September 2020, Celestyal Cruises was honored for the second consecutive year at the renowned MedCruises Awards. The company was awarded first place in the category “Cruise Line with the Greatest Solidarity and Commitment during the Pandemic,” for its overall contribution to the local community, as well as to the industry as a whole, in light of the addition of a new vessel to its fleet during this critical period. In June 2020, Celestyal Cruises received three Tourism Awards in the largest and most prestigious competition for the Greek tourism industry. For the seventh consecutive year, Celestyal Cruises took top honours with three Tourism Awards: Platinum Award for Guest Experience Excellence, Gold Award for Familiarisation Initiatives for Special International Target Groups and Silver Award for Solo Travel.
In February 2020, Celestyal Cruises was honoured at the Cruise Excellence Awards for its “Three Continents” cruise, as the best cruise itinerary for 2019. In June 2019, Celestyal Cruises was recognised for its overall contribution and commitment to the development of the cruise industry in the Eastern Mediterranean region at the MedCruise Awards in Genoa. In December 2019 and 2018 respectively Celestyal Cruises received the U.K. Editors’ Picks Award for Best Service by Cruise Critic, the world’s largest cruise review site and online cruise community. In February 2018 Celestyal Cruises received four Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards: two first place awards, for Shore Excursions and Value, and two second place awards, for Service and Entertainment.
Celestyal Cruises is deeply committed to sustainability and ethical business practices. The company actively supports the local communities in the destinations it visits, particularly in the field of education. Since 2015, more than 2000 students on the Greek islands of Milos, Patmos, Samos and Ios have enjoyed a ‘journey to knowledge’, by attending specialized educational programs, initiated by Celestyal Cruises. Additionally, Celestyal Cruises supports cultural NGOs to promote youth entrepreneurship, marine student development and child welfare.
The entire spectrum of Celestyal Cruises’ ship management, including technical, hotel and crew management, and offices, are certified in accordance with ISO 9001/14001 standards. The certifying authority is DNV-GL, which is by widely recognized as the biggest and most respected rating agency in the marine industry.