MIAMI, April 29, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- Celebrity Cruises' Celebrity
Galaxy will become the first ship of TUI Cruises, a new cruise brand
established through a joint venture between Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and
"Celebrity Galaxy has been a treasured member of our family of ships since
her maiden voyage in December 1996, and the outstanding crew onboard will
continue to offer the service with style Celebrity is known for right up until
the shift to TUI Cruises," said Celebrity Cruises President and CEO Dan
Hanrahan. "We look forward to transitioning those fine shipboard colleagues to
the balance of the Celebrity fleet as we grow the brand with our new Solstice
"We are very pleased to have Celebrity Galaxy become the first ship in the
new TUI Cruises fleet," said TUI Cruises CEO Richard J. Vogel. "We look
forward to customizing the ship for our German customer base, growing our
brand, and providing our guests with an incredible vacation experience."
TUI Cruises is designed for German-speaking guests seeking a
contemporary/premium cruise experience. The onboard product will be
custom-tailored to German tastes in food, entertainment and amenities.
Celebrity Galaxy will complete its scheduled sailings through the March 2,
2009, itinerary. It will enter service for TUI Cruises in May 2009 under a new
name, and will sail in the Baltic in the summer season, and in the Caribbean
in the winter.
Celebrity Galaxy joined the Celebrity Cruises fleet in December 1996 and
was built by Jos. L. Meyer GmbH & Co. of Papenburg, Germany. Celebrity
invested $4-million in a series of upgrades on the ship this month, including
new carpeting, upholstery and lighting in a variety of public spaces and
staterooms. The 77,713 gross-registered-ton ship carries 1,870 guests (double
occupancy) and 909 crew.
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. is a global cruise vacation company that
operates Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Pullmantur, Azamara
Cruises and CDF Croisieres de France. The company has a combined total of 38
ships in service and six under construction. It also offers cruisetour
vacations in Alaska, Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, Latin and South America
and New Zealand. Additional information can be found on
www.royalcaribbean.com , www.celebrity.com , www.pullmantur.es ,
www.azamaracruises.com , or www.rclinvestor.com .
TUI AG is Europe's leading travel and shipping group. TUI AG holds the
majority stake in Europe's leading travel group, London-based TUI Travel PLC.
The corporation operates the world's fifth-largest container shipping company
-- Hapag-Lloyd -- and, through Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, also runs the leading
German cruise line company in the luxury and expedition segment.
SOURCE Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.