Celestyal acquires former Carnival Corporation ship

Greek Island and Eastern Mediterranean specialist cruise line Celestyal has acquired a former Carnival Corporation ship.

Newly named Celestyal Discovery, the 1,266-passenger vessel will replace Celestyal Olympia once it enters service in March 2024 following the completion of a “multimillion euro refurbishment programme”.

The line said the new ship’s name “symbolises the company ethos of creating unmissable moments of discovery through connecting people, places and self”.

The ship, which was built in 2003 for Carnival Corporation and has sailed under the German Aida brand, will go on sale on December 11, taking over Celestyal Olympia’s 2024 programme.

Customers currently holding reservations on Celestyal Olympia will be moved to sailings on Celestyal Discovery.

Celestyal also operates medium-sized ship Celestyal Journey which entered service in September.

Chief executive Chris Theophilides said: “Given strong market and business conditions, we are thrilled to have expedited the renewal of our fleet to welcome the Celestyal Discovery into the Celestyal family.

“Celestyal Discovery joins the Celestyal Journey to undergo an extensive refurbishment programme over the winter period, signifying further our intent to keep delighting our customers.

“As a confident challenger brand, our team is excited to continue to make waves across the industry next season, with a refreshed fleet, brand, network and a renewed sense of direction.”

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