Greek cruise ship company Celestyal has announced a new addition to their growing fleet, the ‘Celestial Discovery’. The announcement comes just two months after the company’s newest vessel, the ‘Celestyal Journey’, made its debut.

The ‘Celestyal Discovery’ is a medium-sized cruise ship with 633 cabins, 62 of which have balconies. Accommodating approximately 1,266 guests, it was built in 2003 for cruise operator Carnival Corporation and sailed under the AIDA Cruise banner for 20 years.

Celestyal CEO Chris Theophilides shares, “Given strong market and business conditions, we are thrilled to have expedited the renewal of our fleet to welcome the ‘Celestyal Discovery’ into the family. Her name symbolizes our ethos of creating unmissable moments of discovery through connecting people, places, and self.”

It will feature most of Celestyal’s standard offerings, with an amphitheater, conference and event spaces, multiple lounges, a ‘Grillseekers’ restaurant, a ‘Sozo’ wellness area, a large pool deck, the ‘Rays’ exclusive open deck area, a ‘Greek Deli,’ and a ‘Fig and Honey’ bar offering ice cream and juices.

The purchase is part of a broader effort to enhance customer experience by offering a unique combination of top destinations and unexplored gems around the Mediterranean.

Theophilides elaborates, “As a confident challenger brand, our team is excited to continue to make waves across the industry next season, with a refreshed fleet, brand, network, and a renewed sense of direction.”

The ‘Celestyal Discovery’ will replace the older ‘Celestyal Olympia’, which is scheduled to retire this year. The new ship will undergo a multimillion dollar refit over the winter in Greece and is due to embark on her maiden voyage in March 2024.

Booking for next season are scheduled to start on December 11, while pre-sale offers will be included in the company’s Black Friday campaign.