Posted by: cruise2 | 12 September, 2016

Celestyal Cruises Plans Newbuildings

by Kevin Griffin writing for

Kyriakos Anastassiadis, ceo of Piraeus-based Celestyal Cruises, has been telling cruise industry publications recently that his company will be ordering new ships. “We will definitely get newbuilds,” he has said, “it’s just a matter of time.

The Thomson SpiritThomson Spirit

They will be mid-sized vessels, not bigger than 60,000 tons and 1,800 passengers. Our business model is built on mid-sized vessels.”

Any new ships would be specifically designed for 3- and 4-night itineraries, and all outside cabins would have balconies. “The ultimate objective is to get into new builds, but it’s a lot of money,” he explained.

Mr. Anastassiadis said the company has spoken to shipyards, and is working on yard slot availability, as well as a financing package for the ships, and is also working with a ship designer. “The problem is the shipyards are full and the earliest we would get a newbuilding would be 2021 or 2022.”

Louis Majesty currently sailing as Thomson Majesty

Louis Majesty currently sailing as Thomson Majesty

In interviews, Mr. Anastassiadis also confirmed the return to the fleet at the end of 2017 of both the 1,254-berth Thomson Spirit and the 1,462-berth Thomson Majesty, presently operating on charter to Thomson Cruises.

Thomson is replacing these ships with more modern vessels having more balconies from its Royal Caribbean affiliate.

In other news from Celestyal, the company will launch a winter programme with the 1,450-berth Celestyal Olympia in the Eastern Mediterranean in 2016-2017.

The Celestyal Crystal (Courtesy of Celestyal Cruises)

Celestyal Crystal (Courtesy of Celestyal Cruises)

Meanwhile, Thomson Majesty has been mooted for off-season sailings in the western Mediterranean, where Louis used to operate this same ship from Genoa and Marseilles as Louis Majesty.

In addition, the company’s Cuba Cruise brand will move to a year-round programme starting in 2017 and the 966-berth Celestyal Crystal could be joined by a fleetmate from November 2017.

The Celestyal Olympia (Courtesy of Celestyal Cruises)

Celestyal Olympia (Courtesy of Celestyal Cruises)

The line also plans to add a second ship in Cuba, which could be the Spirit when she returns to Celestyal. One ship will continue the present 7-night programme on a year-round basas while the second ship will offer 3- and 4-night sailings on a year round basis in and around Cuba.

Finally, Celestyal Olympia will go to the Persian Gulf in 2017-18, to operate a season of 3- and 4-night cruises out of Dubai to Bahrain, Doha and Muscat that will last through April 2018, when she will return to Piraeus for her summer season in the Greek islands.

Bookings in Europe through The Cruise People 0207 723 2450 and in North America The Cruise People at Expedia CruiseShipCenters, North Durham 647-299-7447

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