6 Reasons Why Cruising is the Best Way to Experience the Greek Islands and Eastern Mediterranean

If you’re considering a cruise vacation, you’re certainly not the only one. More than 20 million passengers cruised globally last year, and a staggering 30 million are expected to take a cruise in 2019. Put simply, cruising has never been hotter than now. This is mainly because cruising is a more enjoyable way to travel and it offers far more than a regular land-based getaway, especially when you pick an all-inclusive cruise break. So if you’re thinking of visiting the Greek islands or Eastern Mediterranean this year, here are 6 very good reasons why you should choose a cruise for your next vacation.


1. More bang for your buck

As everything is consolidated into one price, all-inclusive cruises offer great value and give you peace of mind that you won’t overspend while on vacation. When you book with us, you'll get what we call the ‘Celestyal Inclusive Experience.’ Your fare includes a comfortable stateroom, unlimited alcohol, and soft drinks, three meals a day, selected shore excursions, entertainment and gratuities, as well as all port and service charges. Plus, you avoid some of the extra travel expenses that you would usually have to pay when planning a multi-destination trip, like flights, transfers and car hire.


There are also lots of onboard freebies to take advantage of, such as the fitness center, arts and craft classes, dancing lessons, quizzes, bingo and demonstrations. You’ll even get a daily program delivered to your cabin every evening to make it super-easy for you to find out what’s happening onboard and ashore each day.

2. Experience multiple destinations

With so many Greek islands and Eastern Mediterranean hotspots to choose between, how do you choose which one to visit? Well, you don’t have to pick just one when you choose a cruise. The difference between a cruise and a regular getaway is that your cruise ship travels with you, giving you the ability to visit several of your most desired destinations within a week, or even a few days. In addition to our 5 and 7-night cruises, we offer 3 and 4-night cruises, perfect if you want a mini getaway or long weekend break. No matter which one you choose, all of our cruises enable you to tick multiple destinations off your travel bucket list, so all you need to do is pick the itinerary that appeals to you the most.

3. Do anything you want or nothing at all

One of the joys of cruising is spending time on the ship, and it’s easy to find your happy place on board Celestyal Olympia or Celestyal Crystal. Whether you want to swim in the pool, do some yoga, use the gym, watch a live show or dance till you drop at the disco, there are plenty of things to do from morning till night. Our ships also feature casinos, shops, spas, and saunas, and our entertainment program includes all sorts of fun activities. If you prefer, you can sit back and relax on the sun loungers or sample the tempting cocktails at one of the many bars and lounges.


Your fare includes selected shore excursions to enable you to see the best of the destinations you visit, and you can choose from a range of other tours as well. But sometimes you might want to go ashore and explore on your own or stay onboard when the ship arrives at its destination – the choice is totally yours!

4. Perfect for solo travelers, couples, groups and families

No matter whether you want to see the Greek islands or parts of the Eastern Mediterranean on your own or with your lover, friends or family, cruises offer space for solitude and opportunities for every type of traveler and group. Our cruise ships and itineraries are designed to offer something for everyone, regardless of age and interests. We even have a range of extra private group services to suit your every need, such as cocktail parties and dance classes. Not only that but we also have celebration packages to help make your birthday, honeymoon, anniversary or any other special occasions unforgettable.

5. Delicious authentic food

Our cruises give you the opportunity to indulge in rich culinary delights, all made from fresh ingredients and cooked to perfection by our talented chefs. Since all the tempting things to eat are cooked from scratch, we firmly believe that our lovingly-made food makes mealtimes memorable. You can choose between a buffet, à la carte, and al fresco dining options, and there’s even a room service menu, meaning it’s always up to you how, when and where you want to eat. And although your cruise package includes three wholesome meals and afternoon tea every day, we also have a kids menu and four specialty dining menus that feature a wide variety of delicious Greek and international dishes.

6. Service and hospitality at its very best

From the moment you step aboard one of our mid-sized cruise ships, you’ll experience Greek hospitality at its finest. In addition to being at your service 24 hours a day, we take pride in providing fantastic service from the heart and creating experiences that last a lifetime. We’re also dedicated to helping you make the most of your precious vacation time and committed to providing you with everything you need, including value-added perks that make your trip extra special.


Considering a first cruise and want to learn more about the Celestyal Inclusive Experience? You can find all the information you need right here.