Celestyal Cruises scoops best value cruise line of 2016


In keeping with its reputation for providing authentic experiences and amazing value to its passengers, Celestyal Cruises is delighted to be recognized as the best value for money cruise line of 2016 by Cruise Critic, the world’s leading cruise reviews site.

Winners were selected by a global panel of impartial cruise experts from Cruise Critic, and highlight the best cruise lines across numerous categories. “These awards consider the needs of UK travellers – whatever their budget, and personal preferences – to help them plan the perfect holiday on the water,” explained Cruise Critic UK editor Adam Coulter. “Celestyal has been recognised in the awards due to its all-inclusive fares, which include both drinks and selected shore excursions — all for less than £175/day.” Mr. Coulter added. This accolade follows after Celestyal Cruises was highly commended by Cruise International magazine at their readers’ awards in the value category.

“We are delighted to receive this award from Cruise Critic. Value for money and authentic experiences are at the heart of our offering, whether you are experiencing Celestyal Cruises all-inclusive Greek Islands or Cuba itineraries,” said Kyriakos Anastassiadis, CEO of Celestyal Cruises. “

Celestyal Cruises is the only home-porting cruise operator in Greece and the preeminent cruise line serving the Greek Islands and the island of Cuba. The company operates five mid-sized ships, each one cosy enough to provide a highly personal service. Every cruise focuses on true cultural immersion, offering an authentic experience of the regions in which the vessels sail.


Celestyal Cruises is deeply committed to sustainability and ethical business practice. The company supports the local communities in the destinations it visits, particularly in the field of education. Since 2015, more than 1,000 students on the islands of Milos, Patmos and Ios have enjoyed a ‘journey to knowledge’ by attending the Museums Program, an initiative by Celestyal Cruises to bring interactive exhibits from the highly respected Herakleidon Museum to remote areas so that students can learn first-hand about the connection between science, art and mathematics. In addition to the above program, Celestyal Cruises supports cultural NGOs as well as promoting entrepreneurship, marine student development and child welfare.

ISO certification

Following the successful ISO 9001/14001 auditing of two of the company’s ships and the company’s office, Celestyal Cruises’ operations are now certified in accordance with ISO 9001/14001 standards. This relates to the entire spectrum of cruise ship management including technical, hotel and crew management; the certifying authority is DNV-GL, which is by far the biggest and most respected classification society in the marine industry.


In 2016, the company won the prestigious Editor’s Pick award from Cruise Critic UK, the world’s largest online cruise community, in the ‘Best Value for Money (Ocean)’ category. Celestyal Cruises has enjoyed recognition in such prestigious awards as the Greek Tourism Awards (winning gold and silver in four categories in 2016); the Efkranti Awards; the HR Community Conference & Awards; and was finalist in the UK’s WAVE Awards.

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