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Celestyal Discovery will debut in March 2024 (Photo: Celestyal Cruises)

Celestyal Cruises Acquires Former AIDA Ship, Celestyal Discovery to Debut March 2024

Celestyal Discovery will debut in March 2024 (Photo: Celestyal Cruises)
Kerry Spencer

Nov 16, 2023

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(4:50 a.m. ET) -- Greek line Celestyal Cruises has announced it will add a new ship, Celestyal Discovery, to its fleet in March 2024, replacing the 1982-built Celestyal Olympia.

The 1,266-passenger ship has been purchased from Carnival Corp.-owned German operator AIDA Cruises, and has been sailing as AIDAaura since 2003.

Celestyal Discovery joins Celestyal Journey -- Holland America Line's former Ryndam -- which debuted in September 2023.

Both ships are set to undergo a multimillion-dollar refurbishment this winter with Celestyal Discovery taking over Celestyal Olympia’s popular Greek Islands programme from spring.


Celestyal Discovery to Feature Popular Celestyal Venues with Some Yet-to-be-Announced New Additions

Mykonos, Greece, is a popular destination for Celestyal Cruises (Photo: Pawel Kazmierczak/Shutterstock)

Celestyal Discovery has 633 cabins, of which 62 have balconies, and will feature the Grillseekers speciality restaurant, a Sozo wellness retreat, the Greek Deli and Fig and Honey gelato and juice bar. The line has also said the ship will reveal "a few surprises," due to be announced at a later date.

Chris Theophilides, CEO of Celestyal, said: "Given strong market and business conditions, we are thrilled to have expedited the renewal of our fleet to welcome the Celestyal Discovery into the Celestyal family. Celestyal Discovery joins the Celestyal Journey to undergo an extensive refurbishment programme over the winter period, signifying further our intent to keep delighting our customers.

"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."

Sailings on Celestyal Discovery will go on sale December 11, 2023. Passengers booked on Celestyal Olympia will be contacted by the line.

Updated November 16, 2023
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