CELESTYAL NEFELI For 2016

New life for 1992-built MV GEMINI in Celestyal Cruises fleet as the CELESTYAL NEFELI, replacing the short-lived CELESTYAL ODYSSEY (ex OLYMPIA EXPLORER).

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Rendering of MV CELESTYAL NEFELI, courtesy of Celestyal Cruises.

Cypriot-owned Celestyal Cruises continues its transformation with the announcement that in 2016 and 2017, it will be chartering the 1074-guest MV GEMINI and renaming the vessel CELESTYAL NEFELI for its Greek Islands and Turkey cruise operation.

The CELESTYAL NEFELI was built in 1992 by Union Naval de Levante SA of Valencia, Spain as the CROWN JEWEL for now defunct Crown Cruises, an upscale subdivision of Commodore Cruise Line.  Together with her twin sister, CROWN DYNASTY, the CROWN JEWEL and the smaller CROWN MONARCH were soon acquired by Cunard, serving under their banner for several more years before all were sold off.  In recent years, the CROWN JEWEL has sporadically operated as the GEMINI, while the DYNASTY has enjoyed a successful career for Fred. Olsen as the “stretched” BRAEMAR and the CROWN MONARCH now serves as Voyages Of Discovery’s VOYAGER.

CELESTYAL NEFELI will be handed over to Celestyal in February and refurbished prior to the commencement of the 2016 cruise season, replacing CELESTYAL ODYSSEY (ex OLYMPIA EXPLORER), whose charter agreement will be concluded at the end of October 2015.  Of the NEFELI’s 400 cabins (277 outside and 123 inside), 12 are executive suites and 31 are junior suites and most of the executive suites have private balconies.  The ship also has a full wrap-around promenade deck, which makes her ideal for cruises in the scenic Aegean Sea.
Nefeli was a Greek mythological goddess of hospitality and a nymph of the clouds.
Peter Knego

Peter Knego

Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea.  With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications.  Knego also runs the www.midshipcentury.com website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India.  He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."
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