The Ultimate Religious Cruise Vacations in the Mediterranean

Greece and Turkey have a rich cultural heritage. A religious cruise Vacation in the Mediterranean gives you an incredible opportunity to visit hallowed ground, sacred monasteries and impressive cathedrals that merit their place in the annals of history, together with the largest Christian catacombs in Greece.

For the ultimate pilgrimage, why not join us for our ultra-special, seven-night “Steps of Paul” cruise and trace the footsteps of the famous Apostle. Our specialist guides will take you to the most important archaeological sites including St. Paul’s birthplace in the ancient Roman city of Tarsus, the Vlatadon Monastery in Philippi where St. Paul and St. Sylas were held captive, together with visits to Neapolis and the biblical city of Veria.

All our cruises have a religious connection for interested parties. Among the highlights are the hanging monasteries of Meteora, the House of the Virgin Mary in Ephesus, the charming Church of the Dormition of the Virgin and the impressive Orthodox Cathedral of Agios Nikolaos in Syros, the awe-inspiring Basilica of St Demetrius of Thessaloniki and the fascinating “Little Jerusalem” of Veria (Berroia).

Steps of St Paul

Join our expert guides for the definitive pilgrimage experience and follow in the footsteps of St. Paul. Includes fascinating visits to the ancient city of Neapolis, the biblical city of Veria and the iconic city of Ephesus.

Grotto of the Apocalypse

A visit to the dramatic island of Patmos is not complete without a visit to the Grotto of the Apocalypse. It is here that the Apostle John heard the voice of God and saw the visions which inspired the Book of Revelations.

Mary in Ephesus?

According to local legend, the Virgin Mary is said to have accompanied John the Evangelist on his mission to Ephesus. Here you can visit the House dedicated to the Mother of Christ and decide for yourself whether the rumors are true.

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Religious Cruising The Celestyal Way

A cruise vacation with Celestyal involves more than an adventure to romantic destinations – we also treat our guests to a wide range of onboard culinary delights, a full program of entertainment and all port charges and gratuities included as standard. If you want to indulge more, our Inclusive cruise adds a complimentary €75 shore excursion discount and select drinks to enjoy with meals. And if you want to go even further, simply upgrade to the Enhance Fare to add a complimentary €150 shore excursion discount, premium drinks package, 25% speciality dining discount, one hour of Wi-Fi access and an optional premium plus drinks package. We believe in total transparency and do not have any hidden charges – so you can plan your vacation budget with confidence.

An Inclusive Experience


We know the best recipes are the ones passed down between generations. And we love to share that with our guests. So onboard a Celestyal cruise, you can expect freshly prepared by our local chefs – morning, noon and night!

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Sit down to an authentic evening meal and enjoy specially selected drinks to go with it. Our dedicated hospitality team know how to make every meal a delicious experience so let them take your taste buds away.

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Immersing our guests in the local way of life is at the heart of the Celestyal experience. Take Greek dancing lessons from a pro and take the Mediterranean culture home with you. Enjoy a drink with your group as you watch the stars glitter off the Aegean with our front-seat, panoramic horizon bar views. And don’t miss the colour and magic of Cirque Fantastic!

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We can’t wait to welcome you to our beautiful blue world, so when you step foot on the sands of Greece and the Eastern Med, our endless excursion options are designed to take you to the heart of our homeland. As standard, all of our guests enjoy a €75 excursion discount to put towards any of our immersive experiences.

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With all charges, port expenses and gratuities included in our fares, you can relax knowing we’ve got you covered. We’ll bring your next adventure to you, with no additional fees.

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