Greek cruise line, Celestyal Cruises, has announced that they will be chartering a new ship for the 2016-2017 season, replacing Celestyal Odyssey, whose charter agreement will be concluded at the end of October.
Inspired by Greek mythology, Celestyal Nephele, will join the fleet from February 2016, after undergoing a refurbishment. The 1,074 passenger ship will sail the Eastern Mediterranean from Turkey.
The new addition to the fleet is currently an accommodation ship, called Gemini, which is currently positioned in the Shetland Isles. She was built in 1992 for Crown Cruise Line and has since sailed with Cunard, Star Cruises and Happy Cruises. Due to Happy Cruises filing for bankruptcy in 2011, the ship spent some years laid up, awaiting a sale or charter. In 2012, Gemini was used as accommodation for the London Olympics. Gemini also has a sister-ship, Fred Olsen’s Braemar, which was ‘stretched’ in 2009.