Previously, the season had been planned to open March 6.
Travelers on canceled voyages have the option of receiving a refundable 100% future cruise credit plus an additional nonrefundable 20% bonus. As an added element of flexibility, travelers currently holding FCCs as well as those about to receive them, may apply the credit to Celestyal’s soon-to-be-announced 2023 itineraries in addition to 2021 and 2022 cruises.
Operations for the three- and four-night 'Iconic Aegean' itinerary will shift from Piraeus to another Athens area port, Lavrion Port & Marina (Athens), located 16 miles from the Athens Airport and with similar driving time from Athens' city center as the Piraeus.
The first four-night 'Iconic Aegean' is scheduled for April 26, while the three-night sailings will now commence April 30.
New, dedicated terminal
Celestyal will operate from a new, dedicated terminal at Lavrion, which it said will provide an enhanced and expedited embarkation and disembarkation. This terminal will enable the thorough implementation of comprehensive and enhanced health protocols, while ensuring the short cruises operate in a timely manner.
'In keeping with Celestyal’s aspiration of providing more immersive experiences, Lavrion is a historic, small Greek town on the outskirts of the greater Athens area and just a 10-minute drive from the world renowned site of the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion,' said Leslie Peden, chief commercial officer, Celestyal.
'The port and city of Lavrion is definitely one more interesting destination worth discovering,' he added. 'We hope that having to move the start of our scheduled season doesn’t inconvenience our guests too much. Our top priority is always the well-being of our guests, and we want to ensure that they receive our award-winning Celestyal experience, visiting all the unique destinations we call upon in the region.'