Celestyal Journey Cruises Unveils Exciting New Routes in the Arabian Gulf and Adriatic

Celestyal Journey - Doha render-min

It’s official! Australians love cruising – at least the 1.25 million who took an ocean cruise in 2023 do, and who can blame them? With accommodation, meals, some shore excursions and entertainment included, cruising presents an all-inclusive holiday that’s hard to beat. 

Choosing the right cruise:

Celestyal Discovery and Celestyal Journey at Santorini-min

Celestyal, an award-winning and year-round cruise company, continues to set the standard for unmissable travel experiences in the Greek Islands, the Adriatic, and the Arabian Gulf. Built on a foundation of unique Greek heritage, the company delivers exceptional hospitality and ensures genuine cultural immersion both onboard and onshore. 

Operating two brand new vessels – Celestyal Discovery launched in March 2024 and Celestyal Journey in September 2023 – accommodating up to 1260 passengers each, Celestyal prioritises highly personalised service, establishing a high-end environment that welcomes over 100,000 passengers annually from more than 130 different nationalities.  

Celestyal has announced new programs for 2025, 2026 and early 2027, including an expansion into the Arabian Gulf during winter. This will see both ships cruising year-round for the first time.

The cruise line’s newest ship, Celestyal Discovery, will chase the sun to the Arabian Gulf for its first winter season in 2025, joining Celestyal Journey, which will debut in the region this November.

During its maiden Arabian Gulf season in 2025, Celestyal Discovery will homeport in Abu Dhabi and offer rotating three- and four-night itineraries, which can be combined into a seven-night sailing. The cruises will operate from November to March 2025-2026 and 2026-2027 and visit ports in Oman, Dubai, Qatar and the spectacular wildlife sanctuary on Sir Bani Yas Island.

Celestyal Journey will homeport from Doha for the next three winter seasons, operating a seven-day ‘Desert Days’ itinerary that commences on November 9, 2024. The itinerary will include maiden calls to Khasab (Oman), Dubai, Sir Bani Yas Island (UAE), Abu Dhabi, and Khalifa Bin Salman (Bahrain). Celestyal Journey will also offer special sailings to coincide with the Qatar and Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Alongside the new Arabian Gulf voyages, Celestyal’s core summer Greek and Mediterranean cruises in 2025 and 2026 are on sale, featuring eight additional ‘Heavenly Adriatic’ cruises in 2025 and 13 in 2026, due to demand for the new itinerary, which launched this year and takes in Greece, Croatia (Split or Dubrovnik), Montenegro (Kotor) and Italy (Venice or Bari).

Amazing Early Booking Savings

To launch the new programs, Celestyal offers early booking savings of around 50 per cent until August 31, 2024, on new Arabian Gulf* bookings across the 2024 to 2027 programs and over 200 Greek and Mediterranean departures across 2025 and 2026. Further 30 per cent discounts are also available for third and fourth guests sharing a cabin. 

  • Celestyal Discovery’s new three-night ‘Iconic Arabia’ cruise departs from Abu Dhabi from 2025 and calls at Doha (Qatar) and Sir Bani Yas Island (UAE). Prices start from A$449* per person twin share (down from $900pp)
  • A seven-night ‘Desert Days’ cruise, departing from Doha from 2024 on Celestyal Journey and calling at Bahrain, Dubai, Oman and Sir Bani Yas Island (UAE), from A$859* per person twin share (down from $1800pp)
  • A three-night ‘Iconic Aegean’ itinerary, departing from Athens on Celestyal Discovery in 2025 and calling at Mykonos, Kusadasi, Patmos, Heraklion and Santorini, now from A$499* per person twin share (down from $1260pp)
  • A seven-night ‘Heavenly Adriatic’ cruise departing from Athens on Celestyal Journey in 2025, with a late stay in Dubrovnik and full-day calls at Kefalonia, Kotor, Bari, Corfu and Katakolo, from A$1289* per person twin share (down from $2580pp)
  • A seven-night ‘Idyllic Aegean’ cruise departing from Athens on Celestyal Journey in 2025, with full days in Kusadasi (Ephesus), Rhodes, Crete, Santorini and Milos plus a full day and late stay in Mykonos, from A$1289* per person twin share (down from $2580pp
  • On select dates, the ‘Idyllic Aegean’ sailings can be combined with the ‘Heavenly Adriatic’ sailings to form 14-night voyages.

For more information, visit celestyal.com or call 1800 648 737.

Scroll to Top