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FRESH FACES: Celestyal Cruises’ Mary Williams


Celestyal Cruises’ new Business Development Manager Australia, Mary Williams, shares her top travel tip, the thing she always travels with, and the reasons why she loves her new company and role.

 

Where is the last place you travelled?  

Upon starting this position, I have been to Athens for training and also went on the Celestyal Olympia to Mykonos, Kusadasi, Patmos, Crete and Santorini on our Iconic Aegean cruise.

The best thing about this itinerary is that these unique and beautiful places were all experienced on our three and four night cruises. So it’s a bit of a “sampler” for the Greek Islands, perfect for those who have never been to the Islands, or would like to pack a lot into a short time frame.  

Greece is such a beautiful destination, where you come back remembering the spectacular sunsets, the incredibly tasty food and the amazing hospitality of the Greek people – you’ll always make memories everlasting.

 

Where are you going next? 

I will be travelling domestically for a few months since I have been overseas five times this year. As much as I love travelling overseas, I love our Australian summer.

I will be going on a family holiday to the Central Coast [in NSW] in December at Christmas time and on a short cruise in January, just to unwind with girlfriends.

But for the first time there are no commitments for any overseas travel next year, which is strange for me. But as I have just started this new role I am sure that there will be travel involved. 

 

Besides your passport, what’s one thing you always take with you on your travels? 

A good fiction novel that I can sink my teeth into. I know that’s cliché, but our lives are so busy that reading a good novel by one of my favourite authors makes me feel that it is time to unwind.

 

 

Why did you move to this role?  

It’s a perfect role for me as it combines my passion for cruising and my love for the Greek islands.

When I first heard about this role, I realised that the Australian travel industry and the Australian traveller may have heard of Celestyal, but they do not know the benefits and inclusions that we have to offer.

Celestyal has a unique selling point for the travel agents and great benefits to the Australian cruiser. And this is why I feel that Australians need to know more about who Celestyal are and more about our destinations.

 

Tell us something people might not know about Celestyal Cruises?    

That we are an all-inclusive cruise. Most alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are already included, along with complimentary shore excursions, two shore excursions on a three and four-night cruise, and three included on a seven-night cruise. This one price even includes gratuities.  

We also have some fabulous new itineraries that combine the Greek Islands discovery with visits to ports in Egypt (that’s our new Three Continents cruise – three continents in one week), Israel, Cyprus, Turkey and Croatia. Our new Eclectic Aegean route is a must-do for Aussies as it includes a visit to Gallipoli where you can pay tribute to our brave ANZACs. 

 

 

What’s the main thing people should know about the company?  

We listen and aim to cater to your needs. Because we are based in Athens, we have well established suppliers and local contacts that cater to customers’ requests.

For example, on our new Eclectic Aegean route through Turkey and Greece, the shore excursions have been tailored to Australian travellers, with Celestyal sourcing an expert in the history of Gallipoli to lead the Gallipoli shore excursions.

Another example - customers have asked us to stay longer in ports. So on some of Celestyal’s itineraries in Santorini and Mykonos (for example, the longer Idyllic Aegean) we are there until the early hours of the next morning (while other companies cruise out by 5pm).

Celestyal Cruises has fast built an award-winning reputation and recognition as the number one choice for travellers to the Greek Islands and East Mediterranean thanks to its regional expertise and exceptional hospitality.

 

What’s your top travel tip? 

If you find something you like, buy it as you never know if you will find something similar again.

The history behind this tip ... 16 years ago when I went to Santorini for the first time and fell in love with this beautiful island, I found a piece of jewelry that was so unique. I passed the shop window every day and regrettably did not buy it. Every time I go back to Santorini I still look for something similar hoping that I may one day find it.

 

Find out more about Celestyal Cruises here.

 
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Written by: Mary Williams as told to Traveltalk
Published: 9 October 2019


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