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Celestyal Cruises Will Sail To Cuba’s Punta Frances Throughout 2016 – 2017 Season

Athens, Greece– July 12, 2016 –Celestyal Cruises is pleased to announce its newest port of call Punta Frances for the upcoming 2016-2017 Caribbean season. Chosen for its authentic vibe, impeccable coastlines, and crystalline waters shimmering in virtually every shade of blue, Punta Frances will replace Maria La Gorda on Celestyal Cruises’ all-inclusive seven-day Cuba itinerary. Located on the secluded Isla de la Juventud (Isle of Youth), Punta Francés features nearly two miles of sugary white sand beaches and crystalline Caribbean seas where travelers can discover the natural splendors of one of the country's most memorable marine sanctuaries: Punta Frances National Marine Park. The protected area is abundant with a multitude of bird species, gardens of sponges and corals, vast sea life.

The revised itinerary offers travelers opportunities to enjoy both on-board and on-shore the unique immersion in Cuban natural beauty and deep-dive into an authentic Cuban experience which only Celestyal Cruises can provide.

The updated 7-day, all-inclusive Celestyal Cruises Cuba cruise itinerary to be performed starting in November 2016, through the end of 2017 offers embarkation in either Havana, Cuba or Montego Bay, Jamaica and is scheduled weekly as follows:

Monday – Havana
Tuesday – Havana – Depart at 17:00
Wednesday – Punta Frances – Arrive at 13:00; Depart at 18:00
Thursday – Cienfuegos – Arrive at 07:00; Depart at 15:00
Friday – Montego Bay – Arrive at 08:00; Depart at 20:00
Saturday – Santiago de Cuba – Arrive at 08:00; Depart at 16:00
Sunday – At Sea
Monday – Havana – Arrive at 09:30
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About Celestyal Cruises:
Celestyal Cruises is the only home porting cruise operator in Greece and the preeminent cruise line for the Greek Islands, Turkey and Cuba. Two of the company’s ships, the “Thomson Spirit” and “Thomson Majesty,” are under charter to Thomson Cruises of TUI AG. Since 2011 Celestyal Cruises has been a member of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), a worldwide cruise industry alliance that promotes a safe, secure and healthy cruise ship environment. At the 2015 Greek Tourism Awards, Celestyal Cruises was awarded a Gold Award for Themed Events, a Silver Award for Contribution to the National Economy, a Silver Award for Contribution to Local Economies and a Bronze Award for Promotion of Local Cuisine. Also in 2015 the company won the highest distinction for the Best Communication Strategy at the nautical Efkranti Awards, as well as five Silver Awards at the HR Community Conference & Awards for best HR practices.

In 2016, the company won four awards at the Greek Tourism Awards: a gold award in the category "Cultural Tourism" for its rich program themed events, a silver award in the category "Tourism development / Contribution to the national or local economy" and two silver awards in the categories “Use of Social Media" and "Selection, rewarding & personal development” for its digital strategy and HR practices respectively. The company also received the "Cruise Line Revelation" award at the Excellence Awards in Cartagena, Spain, and was a finalist in the "Continuous Enrichment, On Board and Ashore" category at the WAVE Awards in London, UK. Celestyal Cruises’ new brand, Cuba Cruise, provides passengers with an authentic Cuban cruise experience, the best of Cuba on impeccable eight-day voyages. The Celestyal logo evokes the sea, the sun and the wind. It reflects the company’s commitment to its Hellenic roots, and to supporting the economy and preserving the environment of each destination it visits. For more information, please visit