Celebrity names new celestial ship

Celebrity Cruises is kicking off the New Year by announcing the name of
the third “celestial” ship in its 118,000 gross-registered-ton
Solstice-class fleet.Celebrity Eclipse will make its maiden voyage in
2010, following sister ships Celebrity Solstice in 2008 and Celebrity
Equinox in 2009, bringing the Celebrity Cruises fleet to 13 ships.

Like its sister ships, Celebrity Eclipse will have larger standard
staterooms, 90 percent of which will be outside, and 85 percent of those
will have verandas. The 2,850-guest ships will have an exceptional range
of guest-inspired services and amenities, and will measure 1,033 feet in
length and 121 feet in width. German shipbuilder Meyer Werft will build
the new tonnage.


“Naming Celebrity Eclipse brings us that much closer to making this
phenomenal new class a reality,” said Celebrity Cruises President Dan
Hanrahan. “Our brand is in a period of significant growth and momentum,
and our new Solstice-class exemplifies that expansion in an incredibly
exciting way.”



The announcement of Celebrity Eclipse comes just one month after the news
of Celebrity Quest, the third ship in the line’s “Celebrity
Expeditions” class of smaller ships designed to round out the brand with
tailored-to-market products in exotic locations.