Celestyal Cruises will station two ships in the Persian Gulf in winter 2025/26
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Celestyal Cruises will station two ships in the Persian Gulf in winter 2025/26


June 07, 2024 - The Greek Cypriot cruise company Celestyal Cruises will station its two cruise ships in the Persian Gulf in winter 2025/26. The Celestyal Discovery (ex AIDAaura) and the Celestyal Journey (ex MS Ryndam) are currently sailing under the company’s flag.

The cruise company based in Limassol, Cyprus, markets used, medium-sized cruise ships. The Celestyal Cruises, which have so far been active mainly in the Aegean Sea, will be visiting destinations in the Persian Gulf with the Celestyal Journey in the 2024/25 winter season and will be offering three-, four-, seven- and 2024-night cruises to destinations between November 2025 and March 14 the United Arab Emirates and Doha/Qatar.

Celestial Journey in Heraklion

Celestial Journey in Heraklion


In the 2025/26 winter season, the former AIDAaura - today's Celestyal Discovery - will also be heading to destinations in the region. After an extensive renovation, she has been sailing for Celestyal Cruises since March this year. The Celestyal Journey has 630 cabins or 1260 beds. The Celestyal Discovery, which is significantly smaller in tonnage, has 633 cabins, 62 of which have a balcony. The ship has a total capacity of 1266 passengers with double occupancy.

Celestial Dscovery

Celestyal Discovery – Photo © Celestyal Cruises


It has been known since January 2024 that the Celestyal Journey will call at ports on the Arabian Peninsula in winter. Since then, Celestyal customers' interest in this destination has skyrocketed. Impressions of the Celestial Journey We offer our up-to-date description of the 223 meter long and 31 meter wide cruise ship.