Miami – (October 11, 2006 ) – Celebrity Cruises has taken its first major step toward physically launching Celebrity Solstice in Fall 2008. The line’s President Dan Hanrahan today ceremoniously pressed the start button for the plasma cutter at shipbuilder Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany, creating the ship’s first steel plate.
“This is a very exciting day for the Celebrity brand, as we take the first tangible step toward making Celebrity Solstice a reality,” said Hanrahan. “While it’s too soon to reveal any details, I’m convinced our travel agent partners and guests are going to find this ship to be the perfect manifestation of what they appreciate most about Celebrity.”
Accompanying Hanrahan today were Celebritys Executive Vice President Maritime & Newbuilding Harri Kulovaara, Celebrity Solstice Project Manager Jarmo Laakso, and Meyer Werfts Managing Director Bernard Meyer, Lambert Kruse and Project Manager Uwe Wulf.
The first in a class of three ships, Celebrity Solstice will be a 2,850-guest vessel measuring 1,033 feet in length and 121 feet in width, and will feature larger standard staterooms, a higher percentage of verandas, and an exceptional range of guest-inspired services and amenities.
Celebrity Cruises offers comfortably sophisticated, upscale cruise experiences with highly personalized service, authentic five-star dining, and extraordinary attention to detail. Celebrity sails in Alaska, Bermuda, California, Caribbean, Europe, Galapagos Islands, Hawaii, Mexican Riviera, Panama Canal and South America, and will begin sailing in Australia and New Zealand in 2007. Noted for “The World’s Best Large Ships,” as voted by the readers of Conde’ Nast Traveler (February 2006 Cruise Poll), Celebrity’s current nine-ship fleet will be joined by Celebrity Solstice in 2008, Celebrity Equinox in 2009, and a third Solstice-class ship in 2010. For more information, call your travel agent, dial 1-800-437-3111 or visit the Celebrity web site at www.celebritycruises.com.