EXPLORER Goes Celestyal

New Louis Cruises division Celestyal’s third ship CELESTYAL ODYSSEY, revealed as the former OLYMPIC EXPLORER, one of the fastest cruise ships in the world.

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The EXPLORER is “Ship Shape From Bow To Stern.”
The EXPLORER is “Ship Shape From Bow To Stern.”

With the official launch of its new Celestyal division, Louis Cruises has announced a three year charter of the MV EXPLORER, which will become the CELESTYAL ODYSSEY. The ship is currently being operated by Semester At Sea, having originally been built in 2001 by Blohm and Voss for Royal Olympic Cruises as the OLYMPIC (later OLYMPIA) EXPLORER. The 24,319-gt ship was designed for seven night “three continent” Mediterranean itineraries, so should fit in nicely with the Celestyal brand, which offers a real Greek experience, local cuisine and Greek entertainment. Celestyal will also operate the CELESTYAL OLYMPIA (ex SONG OF AMERICA, SUNBIRD, etc.) and the CELESTYAL CRISTAL (ex LEEWARD, OPERA, etc.). The 420 cabin ship can accommodate up to 836 guests and can achieve speeds of 28 knots, making it one of the fastest cruise ships in the world.

The EXPLORER anchored off Cabo San Lucas, Mexico on April 30, 2011.
The EXPLORER anchored off Cabo San Lucas, Mexico on April 30, 2011.

Commenting on the addition of a third vessel to the Celestyal Cruises fleet, Kyriakos Anastassiadis, CEO of Louis Cruises expressed his satisfaction and stated that: “The addition of a third vessel to our fleet is the result of continuous increased demand that is attributed to the repositioning and the redesign of our product. We remain focused on establishing Celestyal Cruises as the foremost ambassador of a real Greek experience that is an excellent value for money .”

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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