The itinerary consists of four seven-night cruises departing Venice, Italy on 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th December and calling on Corfu and Patras, Greece, followed by Kotor in Montenegro and Dubrovnik and Split in Croatia. Dubrovnik will also be available for guests as an embarkation port.
There will be two positioning cruises – the first on 30th November with a five-night cruise starting in Athens and ending in Venice, calling on Katakolon and Corfu in Greece, Kotor, Montenegro and Dubrovnik, Croatia. There will also be a seven-night cruise starting with an overnight in Venice on on 2nd January 2021 and ending with an overnight stay in Athens with calls in Dubrovnik, Croatia, Kotor, Montenegro, Corfu and Katakolon, Greece.
The highlights of the Adriatic include Venice’s romantic gondola rides and its famed Hanukkah celebrations; stunning views of the Dalmatian coast and charming fishing villages; visits to some of the oldest settlements in the Balkans; the ability to enjoy the riches of some of the most fertile valleys including local wines and olive oil; a chance to experience some of the most magical Christmas markets in Europe; and the option to celebrate Christmas and/or New Year in the Adriatic.
The move into the Adriatic follows Celestyal’s recent launch of its new “Eclectic Aegean” itinerary starting in October 2019, which takes the line back to Istanbul and introduces guests to Volos, Greece, for excursions to the mountains of Meteora, and to Canakkale, Turkey, for excursions to Troy and Gallipoli. Celestyal also launches its “Three Continents” this December, with five sailings calling at Alexandria and Port Said, Egypt, at Ashdod, Israel, at Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey, at Limassol, Cyprus, and at Rhodes in Greece.
“Our new, 2020 Adriatic itineraries, combined with the recent launch of the ‘Eclectic’ and ‘Three Continents’ itineraries in 2019/2020, represents 33 additional weeks of operation, bringing us even closer to our objective of sailing year-round and offering our guests even more choices of destinations throughout the Aegean, Mediterranean and now the Adriatic,” said Chris Theophillides, CEO. ”We are thrilled to be visiting these new destinations at less crowded and congested times of the year to provide our guests with a much better experience and a chance to explore the magical Christmas markets and take a deeper dive into the cultural, culinary and historic treasures that these destinations offer.”