Celestyal acquires former Holland America Line cruise ship

Celestyal acquires former Holland America Line cruise ship


Celestyal Journey will undergo an extensive refurbishment before starting service

Greece-based operator Celestyal has expanded its fleet to three vessels after acquiring former Holland America Line ship Ryndam.

The 1,260-guest ship, which most recently sailed for P&O Australia, will undergo a €20 million ($21.2 million) renovation and technical overhaul before starting service as Celestyal Journey. The work will be carried out in Piraeus, Greece.

“While the global events of the past few years have placed our growth plans on pause, the positive industry outlook along with strong bookings for the coming season provides Celestyal with the opportunity to recommence the process of renewing our fleet with new vessels,” said Chris Theophilides, CEO of Celestyal.

“In addition to her expansive open decks, numerous bar and dining options and spacious public areas and staterooms, the Celestyal Journey provides our guests with a significant increase in premium and balcony staterooms, which continue to be in high demand on all of our voyages. We look forward to welcoming her to the Celestyal fleet.’’

Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson
24 February 2023