Celebrity Cruises has announced a raft of internal promotions that all reflect the hard work and commitment of the UK and Ireland senior leadership team in working with trade partners. UK & Ireland managing director Jo Rzymowska adds Asia to her remit in the newly expanded role of vice president and managing director, UK and Ireland and Asia. At the same time, Claire Stirrup is promoted to director of sales.
The next generation of cruise ships moved from concept to construction earlier, as the first piece of steel was cut at the STX France shipyard for Celebrity Cruises’ newest, and boldest, ship. The ship will be called Celebrity Edge, befitting the many daring design advances and innovations of Celebrity Cruises’ first new ship class since 2008.
The most popular ship sailing from the UK will return to Southampton in April 2017 to offer its seventh consecutive season of cruises throughout the Mediterranean and Northern Europe. Launched in the city of Southampton in 2010, Celebrity Cruises’ ship Celebrity Eclipse has returned each year to sail from the UK port during the late spring, summer and autumn months.
Celebrity Cruises is building on its multi-million dollar refurbishment programme by making even more upgrades to two ships – Celebrity Infinity and Celebrity Summit. New features will include a brand new ‘Rooftop Terrace’ venue, upgrades to the Suite Class experience and the addition of one of Celebrity Cruises’ signature speciality restaurants, Tuscan Grille.
Celebrity Cruises is bringing more of the Caribbean to holidaymakers with ‘Evenings around the World’ shore excursions, featuring 14 new, unique experiences that begin after the sun goes down. These special excursions perfectly complement the recently announced overnight stays on over 40 Caribbean sailings departing January 2016 and beyond – more than any other cruise line.
For the first time in Celebrity Cruises’ history, an American female will take the helm of a mega-ton cruise ship. At 37 years of age, San Francisco native Kate McCue will command Celebrity Summit – a 91,000-ton, 965-foot ship in the Celebrity Cruises fleet, sailing between the eastern United States and Bermuda.
Celebrity Cruises has relaunched its shore excursion website specially created for travel partners. Following the recent unveiling of a newly designed shore excursions programme with new special-interest categories and more destination experiences, the interactive hub provides travel partners with rich content for planning clients’ holidays.
Celebrity Cruises Middle East representative, Travel Matrix has announced the launch of their new website dedicated to the Middle East market. This new site will provide an online brand presence for Celebrity Cruises and its impactful content and images give great insight into its plethora of amenities, entertainment options, food and beverage outlets, range of kids and family activities, meeting facilities and more.
Celebrity Cruises has unveiled a new programme of destination experiences featuring everything from lavish luxury in Istanbul and Flamenco dancing in Barcelona to secret classical concerts in St. Petersburg and a castle treasure hunt in Copenhagen.
In celebration of five years since Celebrity Eclipse launched in Southampton, Celebrity Cruises is hosting the ‘Modern Luxury Giveaway’ – its largest ever agent giveaway and sales blitz taking place between 10 and 20 April 2015. Agents will receive a range of booking incentives, offers to entice clients and enjoy a series of themed visits and events.
Royal Caribbean has confirmed it will deploy a luxury vessel from its Celebrity Cruises fleet in the United Arab Emirates’ capital on a homeport basis from November 2016. Celebrity Constellation will be the premium brand’s first ship to make the Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal its home strengthening the emirate’s world cruise destination ambitions.
Celebrity Cruises has taken a bold step in ship design with the signing of a letter of intent for a new class of ships, Royal Caribbean Cruises and French shipbuilder STX France have announced. The two 2,900-guest, 117,000-gross-registered-ton ships, developed under the project name EDGE will build upon the modern luxury experience of the brand’s Millennium and Solstice class ships.