November 20, 2023 – What has been hinted at for days is now officially confirmed. The Cypriot cruise operator Celestyal Cruises is taking over the AIDAaura, which is currently in Bremerhaven. The ship will enter service under the new name Celestyal Discovery in March 2024.
AIDAaura in the port of Tallinn
With the acquisition of the AIDAaura Celestyal Cruises puts an end to an undignified activity. The 203 meter long ship was supposed to sail for the Turkish company “Miray Cruises” and was already on a three-year trip around the world with guests. Under the operating name “Life at Sea Cruises”, the Turkish operator planned to carry out the longest sea voyage to date with the former AIDAaura. Apparently there was no shortage of interesting things.
After Celestyal Cruises put the Celestyal Journey (ex MS Ryndam) into service in September 2023, another ship, the Celestyal Discovery, will follow in March 2024. Before that happens, a renovation program worth several million euros will be implemented. The ship has 633 cabins, 62 of which have a balcony. At its maximum, it can accommodate 1.266 guests. The future owner raves about the unique mix of top travel destinations and more remote “destination gems” that characterize the shipping company’s cruise portfolio. The shipping company currently operates three ships. This remains the case after the takeover of the Celestyal Discovery. She takes the place of the aging Celestyal Olympia, which is being retired.
Photo: Celestyal Discovery ex AIDAaura © Celestyal Cruises
Celestyal Discovery’s top features:
An inviting amphitheater, an expansive pool deck, lively lounges or the Grillseekers specialty restaurant. A few additional surprises are still being kept quiet. Trips can be booked from December 11, 2023. Guests with a reservation on the Celestyal Olympia will be contacted by the shipping company and rebooked on the Celestyal Discovery cruises.