Celestyal Cruises delivers humanitarian aid to earthquake victims in Turkey

Celestyal Cruises, which specializes in cruises to the Greek Islands and the Eastern Mediterranean, partnered with the Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Authority to provide more than 50,000 blankets and sleeping bags to the victims of the recent earthquake that left more than a million people in Turkey homeless.

Celestyal Cruises provided humanitarian aid on its first voyage to Kusadasi, Turkey this season. The cruise line will also donate a portion of its income from shore excursions in Turkey to the relief effort.

Celestyal Cruises, earthquake relief
Celestyal Cruises workers prepare to donate blankets and sleeping bags at the port of Kusadasi, Turkey. (photo via Celestial Cruises)

“Celestyal has been inviting our guests to visit the city of Kusadasi and the magnificent ruins of nearby Ephesus for many years. As a result, we have a strong bond with Turkey and its people and were devastated when the news of the terrible earthquake broke just a month ago,” said Chris Theophilides, CEO.

“A strong part of Celestyal’s DNA is being responsible corporate citizens of the places we visit and supporting the people who call these places home,” continued Theophilides. “The least we could do is to lend a helping hand to our Turkish friends in need. We can only hope that our donation will help in this huge humanitarian effort that is so badly needed in this part of the world.”

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