Published on : Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Chris Theophilides, the CEO of Celestyal Cruises referred to 2018 as a good year and said that the company is now focused on extending its operating season in Greece.
To quote Theophilides, “In 2018 we met our targets in terms of passengers and the growth of the brand Celestyal Cruises and now we are really focused on 2019 and the significant extension of our operating season in Greece.” He added that the company’s plans are in line with the Greek National Tourism Organization’s (GNTO) strategy of establishing Greece as a 365-day tourism destination.
“Our plan is to start again in early March 2019, but this time we are operating all the way until the end of November with one ship, whereas a second ship will operate well into January of 2020,” Theophilides said.
The cruise company’s 2019 and 2020 itineraries will add 7 new ports of call to its Eastern Mediterranean product.
Regarding Greece, Celestyal already has 19 destinations on its itineraries. Next year, the company will add two new 7-day itineraries: the Eclectic Aegean itinerary that will include Volos for excursions to the mountains of Meteora, as new destinations in Greece and the second is the 7-day “3 Continents”, which is more focused on the Eastern Mediterranean, touching upon Rhodes and other Greek destinations, but also goes to Egypt, Israel and Cyprus.
For ext year’s season, Theophilides said that 2019 pre-bookings have started off very well.
Celestyal’s main markets include North America, Latin America, Asia, Australia and Europe.