Celestyal Cruises welcomes Samos to its 2017 iconic Aegean itineraries

Cruise Industry, Maritime Tourism, Tourism — By on January 17, 2017 at 2:00 PM
Kyriakos Anastassiadis

Kyriakos Anastassiadis

Celestyal Cruises today announced the addition of Samos to its 3 and 4 day Iconic Aegean itineraries. After evaluating more than 85,000 valid questionnaires, Celestyal Cruises found its passengers considered Samos, a lush beauty in the northeastern Aegean, as one of the top destinations on the company’s itineraries.

Starting from March 2017, Celestyal Cruises has decided to add Samos so passengers can now choose to visit either Samos or Kusadasi, whilst being on the same cruise. The 3 and 4 day Iconic Aegean itineraries include also destinations as Piraeus, Mykonos, Patmos, Rhodes, Heraklion and Santorini.

Samos offers many delights, including a stroll through the lovely main square of Vathi. The island is also home to a wonderful wine museum where visitors are introduced to artistry and tradition of local wine production. Celestyal Cruises will also offer passengers the chance to tour the picturesque seaside village of Kokkari, a small, homey port and home to some of the Aegean’s most envied beaches.

“We continue to bring unique products to the cruise industry,” said Celestyal Cruises CEO Kyriakos Anastassiadis. “The addition of Samos to our Iconic Aegean itineraries is part of the new Celestyal Cruises vision, which is to expand to new horizons and to provide our cruisers with authentic, ‘lifetime’ experiences.

In 2017 Celestyal Cruises will be thrilled to bring its passengers to Samos, the birthplace of Pythagoras. The Pythagorean Theorem applies to right triangles, but our 2017 Iconic Aegean itineraries won’t require any math or measurement, just the willingness to step ashore on one of the most breathtaking islands in the Aegean!

About Celestyal Cruises

Celestyal Cruises is the only home-porting cruise operator in Greece and the preeminent cruise line serving Greek destinations 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.

Sustainability

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 three 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.

Awards

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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