MIAMI, July 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Celebrity Cruises today announced it has ordered a third 118,000 gross-registered-ton Solstice-class ship, significantly reinforcing the company’s commitment to the growth and innovative development of the Celebrity brand.
German shipbuilder Meyer Werft will build the new tonnage, with delivery of Celebrity Solstice planned for Fall 2008, Celebrity Equinox in Summer 2009, and the third in June 2010.
Each of the three ships will be 2,850-guest vessels measuring 1,033 feet in length and 121 feet in width, with larger standard staterooms, a higher percentage of balconies and an exceptional range of guest-inspired services and amenities.
“Celebrity’s Solstice class is more than a series of new ships; it’s a new class introducing a new program that will further differentiate and elevate the Celebrity brand,” said Richard D. Fain, chairman and CEO. “We’re confident our guests and travel partners will be thrilled with the experience we’ll deliver onboard. And we’re very pleased to expand our collaboration with Meyer Werft in the production of these extraordinary new ships.”
“Meyer Werft is proud to partner with Celebrity in the company’s very exciting period of growth and expansion,” said Meyer Werft Managing Partner Bernard Meyer. “These spectacular new ships will vividly illustrate Celebrity’s tradition of breakthrough design and leading innovations.”
Celebrity estimates the all-in cost of the ship to be approximately $245,000 per berth, based on current exchange rates.
Celebrity Cruises offers comfortably sophisticated, upscale cruise experiences with highly personalized service, authentic five-star dining, and extraordinary attention to detail. Its nine ships and their service, cuisine and spas consistently dominate top travelers’ surveys. Celebrity sails in Alaska, Bermuda, California, the Caribbean, Europe, the Galapagos Islands, Hawaii, the Mexican Riviera, the Panama Canal and South America. For more information, call your travel agent, dial 1-800-437-3111, or visit the Celebrity web site at www.celebrity.com.