Celestyal Cruises – company portrait

Celestyal Cruises - company portrait



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Based in Limassol, Cyprus, Celestyal Cruises is a niche operator with a focus on Greek island destinations. The stock company goes back to the Louis Group, which was founded in 1935. The company founder was the late Louis Loizou. He is considered the “father of tourism” in Cyprus. In addition to the cruise company, the group of companies operates 25 hotels. According to its own information, it is also active in air transport, catering and other tourism segments.

On December 31, 1998, Louis plc was founded in Nicosia, Cyprus, as the umbrella company for cruise activities with the name “Louis Cruise Lines Ltd”. The cruise line Celestyal Cruises emerged from the company. Throughout its history, the company has focused on marketing used, older cruise ships. The list of ships used so far is long.

Celestyal Cruises – shareholder background

The international financial investor Searchlight Capital Partners, a private equity company that claims to manage $2021 billion in assets, has been behind Celestyal Cruises since December 15,1. However, their website lacks any reference to Celestyal Cruises in the company portfolio.

Celestyal Cruises – Activities and Ships

The shipping company's administrative headquarters is Piraeus near Athens. Based on our own experience, the company is a good choice for cruises to the Greek islands and the Eastern Mediterranean. The company's goal is to maintain the leading position in the Eastern Mediterranean and to achieve gains in selected international markets - such as the Arabian Peninsula.

Celestyal Cruises uses medium-sized used ships that are converted for corporate purposes without much effort. The ships call at ports that are difficult to access for larger ships. The shipping company promises its international guests a comfortable, pleasant atmosphere on board the ships, high-quality entertainment and high standards in terms of customer care, first-class gastronomy, comfort and personal service. And important: She keeps her promise. In addition, all port fees, service fees and tips for the crew are already included in the ticket prices.

Overview of Celestyal Cruises' ocean-going ships (as of 2024)







Celestial Discovery 





Celestial Journey

MS Ryndam 





Celestyal Discovery – Photo © Celestyal Cruises

Celestyal Discovery – Photo © Celestyal Cruises

Celestyal Journey off Mykonos

Celestyal Journey off Mykonos 

Under Celestial Journey We report on our experiences with this ocean-going ship on the occasion of a 7-day cruise to Greek destinations.