Celestyal Journey commenced its year-round programme in March. Credit: Celestyal

Spotlight on Celestyal Journey

Author: Sarah Riches

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We take a look at Celestyal Journey, which launched in September 2023 and began its year-round programme in March of this year

Celestyal Journey's new programme will include seven-night itineraries around the Greek islands and the Adriatic Sea over summer, and a winter programme with return cruises from Doha, the capital of Qatar – which will commence in November 2024. The ship has 149 balcony suites, six dining venues, two swimming pools and an entire floor dedicated to wellness experiences such as massages, yoga and hot tubs.

Stargazer Suite

Perched up on deck 10, this is Celestyal’s first penthouse suite with its own terrace. At 88sqm, it can sleep four and has a Jacuzzi and private dining area. Stargazer and Grand Dream Suite guests also have exclusive access to Compass Lounge and Rays bar.


The two-deck theatre is Celestyal Journey’s heartbeat of entertainment, featuring memorable evening shows. There is also live music throughout the ship, as well as cooking workshops, wine tastings and a children’s arcade room.

Bars & lounges

If you’re looking for a pre- or post-dinner tipple, take your pick from eight bars, ranging from laidback lounges with live pianists to top-deck hangouts primed for sunset. Fizz Club is the pick of the bunch, thanks to its hand-crafted cocktails.

Enjoy Mediterranean cuisine in Smoked Olive restaurant. Credit: Celestyal


Unwind with a Balinese hot stone, Japanese shiatsu or Indian massage in the Sozo massage rooms. Once you feel zen, relax in the Drift Den – the ultimate spot for solitude – or in Thermae, a series of thermal suites with a Jacuzzi, steam room and stone beds.


The Galazio Pool & Terrace on deck 10 and the ship’s main pool, Halara Cove on deck 11, both have bars and are within reach of The Taverna and Fig & Honey for tasty poolside fare. Just want to sunbathe? Then nab a sunlounger on deck 12.


Celestyal Journey takes dining seriously. For a treat, reserve Smoked Olive for Mediterranean cuisine, Pink Moon for Asian or Grill Seekers for steaks and seafood. For a more casual bite, sample Greek delicacies at The Taverna.

Fast facts

  • 1,260 guests
  • 630 cabins
  • 500 crew
  • Eight bars
  • Seven restaurants
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About Sarah Riches

After a five-year stint living in Asia, Sarah was inspired to become a travel journalist. Sarah has freelanced for Condé Nast Traveller and National Geographic Traveller and is the author of London Almanac (2010) and Culture Smart! The Essential Guide to British Customs & Culture (2024). She was also the deputy editor of Time Out Abu Dhabi, Where London and London Planner, digital editor of Wanderlust – the UK’s oldest travel magazine.