Celebrity Cruises buys second ship

Celebrity Cruises is to order a second 118,000 gross-registered-ton ship. Delivery of the first ship is planned for autumn 2008 and the second ship in Summer 2009. The German shipbuilder Meyer Werft will build the new tonnage.

Celebrity also announced names of both new ships.

The first new ship will be called Celebrity Solstice, and the second ship will be named Celebrity Equinox.

The new series of ships will be known as the Solstice class. Terms for the second Solstice-class vessel are substantially the same as those of the first ship.

Both new ships will be 2,850-guest vessels measuring 1,033 feet in length and 121 feet in width. Their added size will allow Celebrity to offer larger standard staterooms, a higher percentage of balconies and an exceptional range of guest-inspired services and amenities.

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“The Solstice-class ships accelerate the tremendous growth and excitement that continues to build with this brand,” said Richard D. Fain, chairman and CEO of parent company Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. “We owe a lot of our inspiration to guests and travel partners, and we think they will be enormously pleased with this collaboration. We also thank our shipbuilding partner, Meyer Werft, for working with us to produce so many of our beautiful ships.”

“Meyer Werft is proud to be a part of Celebrity Cruises’ continued growth,” said Meyer Werft Managing Partner Bernard Meyer. “These new ships demonstrate Celebrity’s tradition of breakthrough design and leading innovations.”
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