You will need valid, up to date identification cards, passports and multiple entry Schengen visas, depending on your nationality and on your cruise itinerary. We urge you to make sure you have everything ready well before your departure date. Should you find that any of your documentation is expired, you will need to contact the relevant authorities in your country and make sure you obtain valid documents. As per local authorities all passengers must have valid travelling documents in order to embark on the cruise. Alternatively there will be no refund of the cruise fare. It is passengers’ responsibility to ensure that they fully comply with the Schengen regulations.
Greece is a Member-State of the European Union and has ratified the Schengen Agreement, which abolished controls on common internal lands, at air and sea borders and allows Member-State citizens to travel without a visa for a short stay period of up to three (3) months. ONLY selected E.U. citizens (please contact your local embassy/consulate for details) can participate in one of our cruises calling at a Turkish port. For all other nationalities a passport should be presented. It will also be necessary for a number of transactions, such as currency exchange etc. Airlines and other carriers require a valid passport and/or police I.D. Card or other form of official identification.
Citizens of some of the countries that are not Member-States of the Schengen Agreement require a visa to enter Greece; visitors from these countries can obtain further information from the Hellenic Embassies or Consulates in their countries, or from their travel agent.
Visas are not required by holders of valid passports from the following non-E.U. countries if they want to visit Greece and remain in the country for up to three months (90 days) within a chronological period of six months. Please contact the Greek Embassy/consulate of your local area.
If you are a Greek citizen, you will need the most recent identity card, with Latin characters, or a valid passport for the trip. If you are an E.U. citizen, please make sure you are carrying a valid European Union identity card* or a passport. If you will travel with your passport, please make sure there are at least two blank pages in your passport and that it expires at least six months after the date of the cruise. Any kind of military ID card is not a valid travelling document.
* The turkish authorities accept only identity cards from the following countries: Germany, Belgium, France, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal, Greece and Italy.
European citizens whose countries are not mentioned above, can only travel with their country’s passport.
Passport holders who require a special visa to enter a country which is a signatory to the Schengen Agreement, such as Greece, must have a multiple entry Schengen visa. Foreign residents of Greece from non-Schengen countries, need a residence permit and must consult with the issuing authority to make sure they can visit a third country, such as Turkey.
Apart from your travel documents, you must carry with you all of the official documents pertaining to the cruise you have purchased, the ticket or the voucher from your travel agency.
We also advise you to read the “Conditions of Carriage” and carry a printed copy with you during your cruise.
If your children will travel without you but with a relative-escort, such as an aunt or uncle or grandparent, you must complete and validate a signed declaration under Law 105 that states you have agreed to this trip. If an underage child is traveling with an identity card, but without a passport, even if he or she is escorted by one of his or her parents, the second parent must complete and validate a signed declaration under Law 105 that states he or she has agreed to this trip.
Note: For safety reasons and for expediting our embarkation and disembarkation procedures at each port, your identity card or passport is handed in during check-in at our passenger embarkation terminal; we keep all identity cards and passports in the Accounts Office of the ship until we return them to you just prior to the end of your cruise. At all ports of arrival you are only required to present your personal boarding card if and when it is requested. For further information regarding your travel documents, or for assistance with any other Celestyal Cruises procedural matter, please contact our Passenger Service Department at (+30) 210-946-6001.