July 25, 2021


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Celestyal Associates With Journey Agents To Enhance Company

Celestyal Cruises, which resumed Greek Isles sailings aboard Celestyal Crystal in mid-June, is counting on journey advisors to help enhance its enterprise from the U.S. current market.

For Celestyal, viewing is believing.


Milos. (image through Claudette Covey)

The corporation is presenting a slate of fam journeys for travel advisors, which commenced with a team of Travel Quest Network agents who sailed on Celestyal Crystal’s July 3 7-night itinerary roundtrip from Athens, followed by a group of KHM Journey Team advisors on the July 10 cruise.

“We understood it was important to get brokers back on the ship so that they could distribute the superior news about the truth that it’s all right to journey and cruise yet again in Greece,” claimed Gordon Dirker, Celestyal’s vice president of enterprise progress.

The line has also been reaching out to journey advisors by means of its three enterprise improvement professionals in the east-central and west regions of the U.S., he mentioned.

Celestyal, which gives a base commission of 12 p.c and also pays 12 p.c on shore excursions, is witnessing a slow but regular improve in enterprise.

“This yr, we’re nevertheless rebuilding,” Dirker mentioned. “There’s a ton of previous-minute exercise to generate company now that Greece has been open considering that May.”

Santorini. (image via Claudette Covey)

He famous that the corporation expects business enterprise to boost considerably when its tour companions – which includes these businesses as Globus, Perception, Trafalgar, Gate 1 and Avanti, which package shorter cruise factors with tour applications – resume operations later on this 12 months.

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The 1,200-passenger Celestyal Crystal is presently running on 7-night time “Idyllic Aegean” itineraries, with calls at Patmos, Rhodes, Santorini, Lavrion, Mykonos, Milos and Crete.

The 1,664-passenger Celestyal Olympia resumed service on June 28 with a new “Legendary Archipelago” itinerary contacting at Thessaloniki Mykonos Santorini Agios Nikolaos and Rhodes and Limassol, Cyprus.

In March, the line will introduce Celestyal Experience, formerly Costa Cruises’ Costa neoRomantica, on itineraries at this time presented aboard Celestyal Crystal.

Dirker pointed out that Celestyal cruises are preferably suited for tourists who are searching for location-intense itineraries.

When qualifying their purchasers, he encouraged journey advisors “find out whether or not they are travelers or cruisers,” noting that the most important advertising point for Celestyal Cruises is its immersive, vacation spot-intense itineraries.

“We are a cruise line, but the desired destination is the hero,” he mentioned.