Celestyal Cruises, the award-winning, number one choice for travelers to the Greek Islands and the Eastern Mediterranean,  has announced the further suspension of its sailings until the already announced 2021 season commencing March 6, 2021. 

Celestyal was one of the first cruise lines worldwide to take an immediate decision to temporarily suspend  cruise operations out of the abundance of caution for our guests, crew and local communities in mid-March. This decisive action resulted in no COVID-19 cases on our ships and were able to repatriate our guests and crew safely home before international air travel and borders globally shut down.

Leslie Peden, chief commercial officer for Celestyal Cruises, said, “As the core of our season runs from Spring through the Autumn, we were optimistic that we would be able to resume our cruise operations later this summer. However, given the prevailing uncertainty regarding travel restrictions through the balance of our operating season from our largest international source markets coupled with the continuing discussions at the European Union level regarding the enhanced health protocols that will apply to EU cruise operations, we made the difficult but prudent decision to postpone resuming cruise operations until the scheduled start of our normal spring season next year. We felt that as a company, we have already put our travel partners and guests through enough date changes on when cruising could return safely. By voluntarily pausing operations until our scheduled departures of next year, Celestyal will be better positioned to offer more clarity and certainty to our valued partners and guests, as well as peace of mind. We will now shift our full attention to developing both 2021 and 2022 business where we are seeing encouraging signs of pent-up demand and be well prepared to implement all enhanced health protocols that will ultimately be established by the EU and the countries where we operate. Whilst we appreciate and share in the disappointment this decision has on our guests, their wellbeing, as well as that of our loyal crew and the local communities we visit is always top of mind.”

For all named and paid individual guests impacted by this suspension, Celestyal Cruises is offering a Future Cruise Credit (FCC) valued at 120 percent of original booking value. Guests will have until the end of December 2021 to redeem their Future Cruise Credit against any of Celestyal Cruises’ itineraries through end of December 2022. To provide additional peace of mind, should guests choose not to redeem their FCC by end of December 2021, they will automatically receive a full refund equal to the original amount paid to Celestyal upon the voucher’s expiration. Celestyal is providing unique confidence to both guests and travel advisors through the welcomed assurance of their FCC’s supported by enhanced consumer rights and underlying guarantees, as the case may be.

Celestyal Cruises will automatically send the Future Cruise Credit voucher directly to guests or their travel advisors, so there will be no need to call the Contact Center other than to rebook.

Celestyal Cruises recently launched their 2021 and 2022 digital brochure supported by the generous early booking promotional campaign ”Escape To The Future”, and a comforting “Peace of Mind” policy that allows newly booked guests to change any cruise that sets sail through December 31, 2021. This applies to new bookings made until August 31, 2020. As long as the booking is changed at least 30 days before the sail date, a future cruise credit for 100 percent of the value received by Celestyal will be issued. The credit can be used toward any cruise that sets sail through December 31, 2022.     

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Positive prospects for the resumption of cruise operations in Greece by August were raised during discussions between CLIA and the Greek Minister of Tourism, Greek Minister of Maritime Affairs and Insular Policy, and experts of the National Public Health Organization, according to Maria Deligianni, CLIA Regional Representative, East Mediterranean.

“All parties agreed on the need for national and industry coordination, and a clear timeline, in order to achieve a smooth resumption of cruise operations” Mrs Deligianni says. 

Cruise lines are looking at a gradual, phased resumption with potentially a limited number of cruise trips initially. We informed Greek officials that cruise lines are interested to include Greece in their itineraries in coming August, an aspiration which was positively received by the Government.  For its part the Government indicated its intention to develop a national protocol as key to resumption of operations based on guidelines being prepared by the European Commission, specifically the EU Health Gateways guidance and the European Maritime Safety Agency”. 

“While we stressed the need for all stakeholders to work intensively so that everything is ready by August, the safety, health, and well-being of passengers and crew is the industry’s number one priority” says Mrs Deligianni and concludes: “Our discussions focused on the development of framework protocols, highlighting a holistic approach which includes the whole cruise trip, from the booking process until the departure home. Emphasis was given on the strict pre-boarding measures and onboard procedures as well as the measures that will be taken at the embarkation and disembarkation ports, and transit calls”.

The economic contribution of the cruise industry in the Greek economy is close to 1 billion euros per year, with almost 12.000 jobs depending on cruising. In the discussions with the government, CLIA highlighted that it is not only the cruise lines experiencing economic losses from the suspension of operations but also the cruise destination countries such as Greece, looking too for the resumption of cruise operations. The suspension of operations which has exceeded the 90 days has led to a total national economic impact at least of 200 million euros while more than 1.700 jobs can be lost. Cruising is an important part of the tourism flows by bringing more than 15% of the total 33 million visitors in the country every year. 

Source: https://news.travelling.gr

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Cruise Destinations For Whole Family Fun

76% of cruise-going families agree that cruise vacations are better and more enjoyable than traditional land-based vacations in a study reported by the FCCA. Cruises are the perfect and safe getaway vacations for families of all types. From tropical destinations, to the storied landscapes of the Pacific, to the enchanting history of the Mediterranean, cruise style vacations offer multi-country and city destinations on the vast open sea – something that a land-based location can’t compete with.

Set Standards Before Sailing On The Seas

Before embarking on these grand adventures, however, it’s important to set guidelines as a family to ensure a safe and fun family vacation. Sit down with your kids and discuss a set of ground rules – what freedoms they’re allowed –  before sailing off to your destination. While it’s important to set guidelines as a family, many cruise lines are making it easier for parents by going hi-tech with passenger bracelets that not only can track purchases, but can also act as a location tracker for those you’re traveling with.

Make Your Way To The Mediterranean

One of the most coveted and grand landscapes to cruise away to is the colorful Mediterranean coast. Both parents and kids will be mesmerized by the kaleidoscope of colors of Italy’s southern coast or the cool blue oasis of a Greek village. While porting at these countries, enjoy learning the history of Greek and Roman soldiers, take a ride on a gondola in Venice, or stop at the Agora Market. This destination not only is magical in its appearance, but offers an educational experience for the children.

Wherever you decide on as a perfect destination for your family, discuss not only guidelines before your trip, but also what type of experience you yearn for. Tropical? Glacial getaway? Mediterranean? Fortunately, there’s no wrong way to go.

Author Ali Vincent

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Dear fellow lovers of Greece!

Today it is our great pleasure to announce that our Ares  Greek Island Vacation with 4 Day Classical Tour has been selected as an Unordinary Trip of the Month by InfoHub.com , the #1 travel portal on the Internet specialized in the out-of-ordinary , special interest vacations. Anyone who loves Greece as much as we do at Easy Traveler will rejoice at this wonderful news as a yet another opportunity to promote Greek culture and incite more travelers to visit this fascinating country!

In this respect, we are happy to offer our customers a special prize! Any of you who book the above tour before October 20, 2017 may be eligible for a very special prize from InfoHub’s sister-company GPSmyCity – publisher of travel apps for Apple and Android. The GPSmyCity app features offline city maps, self-guided walking tours and travel articles for 1,000 cities worldwide, using which you can turn your mobile into a personal tour guide. With this app in hand you can explore Thessaloniki , Mykonos , Santorini and many other destinations in Greece on your own, at your own pace. The GPSmyCity app works offline so there’s NO need to worry about roaming charges when traveling abroad.

A lucky winner, chosen randomly, will get a one-year full membership of the GPSmyCity app including access to ALL the GPSmyCity content – over 6,500 self-guided city walks and travel articles – to the total value of over $8,000!!!

Book now and enjoy your travels with us!!!

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Old_Bridge_Vikos_Mountain 6 reasons to head to Greece in winter, while you will find many more if you come for firt time!
Greece is so closely linked to summer vacations that it rarely features in winter escape plans.
That’s a shame, because while it rules the Mediterranean in the heat of July and August, it’s also got some pretty cool moves in the dead of December.
Falling temperatures sprinkle new magic on stone-built villages lost in deep forests and medieval castles built into that beautiful Greek coastline.
Throw vibrant cities into the mix, along with buzzing ski resorts — yes, ski resorts — and a whole new perspective of the country opens up.
Here are six classy places to consider for a Greek winter getaway.

Mountainous treasures: Zagorochoria
A hidden mountainous treasure in the Epirus region of northwestern Greece, Zagorochoria is a complex of 46 stone-built villages.
This parkland ecosystem is where locals take special guests to illustrate their ideals of natural beauty.
Scenic mountain roads and traditional arched stone bridges interconnect tiny villages filled with guesthouses and little cafes.

Thessaloniki_White_Tower  For city breaks
The main hub for northern Greece, Thessaloniki is an all-year round destination.
A hotspot, compact in size, the city’s Tsimiski, Mitropoleos and Proksenou Koromila streets are filled with fashionable boutiques.
There are fancy bars along Valaoritou Street, and many restaurants in between.
Its many engaging museums, important archaeological sites and byzantine monuments are an ideal winter cultural fix.

 

 

 

For mountains and sea: PelionPilion_Mountain
Hiking trails, villages and ski slopes with panoramic views of the Aegean Sea and the agasetic Gulf make Pelion a strong winter destination.
The mythical mountain of Centaurs lies in the southeast part of the Thessaly region, forming a peninsula surrounded by water.
Pinakates village, in west Pelion, looks like a scene from a painting, with stunning mansions and photogenic cobbled streets.

 

For snowy scenery: Evritania, Megalo Horio)
Located in the heart of Greece, the Evritania region has traditional villages, stunning gorges, heavily forested mountains and historic monasteries.
There’s plenty to do outdoors, including snow-fueled fun at Velouhi Ski Resort, on the slopes of Mount Tymfristos, followed by apres ski in the lively regional capital, Karpenisi.
Nearby, plenty of attractive villages offer traditional guesthouses and boutique hotels.
For year-round seaside escapes: Mani, Gerolimenas
Located on the middle of the three peninsulas of southern mainland Greece’s historic Peloponnese region, Mani stands at the meeting point of the Ionian and Aegean Seas.
Home to more than 96 traditional villages, Mani is dotted with traditional tower houses, Byzantine churches, sheltered coves, gorges and a coastline that provides a dramatic backdrop for any winter road trip.
There’s a local saying: “You need three lives to fully understand Mani’s soul: one for its sea, one for its mountains and one for its people.”
The Kyrimai Hotel helps visitors make a start on all of these.
Monemvasia_Old_Houses For dramatic scenery: Monemvasia
In the southern Peloponnese, the old town of Monemvasia is one of Greece’s best-preserved Byzantine citadels.
It’s a fairy tale-style castle, off limits to cars, located on a small islet linked to the mainland by a bridge.
It looks as if it’s floating on the Myrtoon Sea.
It’s surrounded by aristocratic mansions, churches, hammams, fountains and winding paths.
Monemvasia’s important role during the Byzantine period is still evident in the walls that dive into the deep blue sea.

Based on a post in CNN.com

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Antaly Beach Turkey

If you are the beach lover the most beautiful beaches can offer you Turkey. It has few wonderful beaches that can be placed on the list of the most beautiful beaches in the world. If you choose one of the beaches in Turkey, you can play sports, enjoy and sunbath at the Aegean, Mediterranean and Black sea. In the cities at the coast you can find rich history, natural beauties and tasty traditional kitchen. Here are the most beautiful beaches because mentioning just one of them wouldn’t be enough. All you have to do is to get Turkey visa and to choose the right spot for you and start your vacation.

Oludeniz (blue lagoon)

Although Oludeniz is one of the most popular beaches in Turkey, because of its simple Oludeniz_on_the_Turquoise_Coast_Turkeyshape regulating of the crowd doesn’t represent any problem.- This peninsula is placed on the south eastern end of the Aegean sea.- Warm and shallow water, great restaurants and refined sand are more than enough for enjoying.- Average temperature is not high even during the warmest months of the summer.- It has beautiful panorama because it’s surrounded with mountains.- Oludeniz has the official blue flag, that means that satisfies environmental standards.

Alanya

Alanya_Panorama_Turkey  It is placed on the south coast of the Mediterranean sea.- In the first place Alanya was the secret of the local population, but now is the one of the most popular Mediterranean beaches.- Stone beaches are very warm during the warmest moths of the summer, but if you swim in the deep cold water of the Mediterranean sea, that is the great way to cool yourself while you are getting the bronze tan.- Alanya is the multicultural place where live people from all around the Europe and which visit people from all around the world, so it is a great place for meeting other cultures.- Alanya is on the ideal place, because near are Antalya, Cappadocia and Anatolya, that makes Alanya one of the best choices for vacation.- Alanya has the similar climate as Olideniz.

Antalya

Antalya is one of the most popular Turkish cities and a lot of people choose to spend Antalya_Beach_Turkeytheir vacation exactly at this beach.- Beaches are here from pebble instead of the sand, that is usual for the beaches of the Mediterranean sea.- The most popular from all beaches is Cleopatra’s beach. – Old part of Antalya is placed at the crossroad of the hotels, beaches and other complexes. It is named Kaleici.- You can also visit isolated and hidden beaches where you can get just by the boat.- Water is clear and beautiful and you can paddle and dive or you can sunbath at the abandoned beaches.

Bodrum

Bodrum_Turkey  It is called Turkish Saint Tropez. – In Bodrum are probably most visited and the most  popular beaches. – It is estimated that population in Bodrum raise four times during the summer.- Bodrum is place where come movie stars and its popular tour destination of the ship The Blue Voyage. – Water around Bodrum is shallow and warm under which you can find little colourful stones. – Bodrum beaches offer also you the great night life.

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We know, we know. You’re thinking to yourself, “Come on, guys, another pretty beach?” And we totally understand but look. at. this:

Navagio Beach GreeceNavagio Beach GreeceNavagio has been called the prettiest beach in all of Greece, which, if we can all agree is one of the prettiest places in all the world, then this beach is the prettiest beach in the whole wide world. Logic works for us. And so do these pics. Like seriously?

Navagio Beach Zakynthos GreeceOh, did we mention that to add to the beauty there’s a creepy factor, too? There’s a large boat that just sits on the beach that is supposedly a wrecked smuggler’s ship (hence the beaches nickname of Smuggler’s Cove). Hey, at least there’s shade.

Navagio Beach Zakynthos GreeceThere’s a really beautiful walk and platform perched high above the beach with views of the Ionian island of Zakynthos.

Navagio Beach Zakynthos GreeceAnd here’s the view from the beach. Not too shabby.

Navagio Beach Zakynthos Greece

Source: Huffingtonpost.com

 

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