MIAMI, May 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The stars aligned for Celebrity
Cruises today, as the line confirmed its order for a fourth Solstice-class
cruise ship. The new vessel will enter service in Fall 2011, following sister
ships Celebrity Solstice in Fall 2008, Celebrity Equinox in Summer 2009, and
Celebrity Eclipse in Summer 2010, bringing Celebrity's total fleet to 11
ships. The contract is contingent on the completion of customary financing.
Like its sister ships, Celebrity's fourth Solstice-class liner will have
larger standard staterooms, 90 percent of which will be outside, and 85
percent of all staterooms will have verandas. The 2,850-guest vessels 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 122,000-ton ship.
"Ordering a fourth Solstice-class ship is obviously a testament to the
demand we've received from travel agent partners and travelers alike for more
cruise vacation options with Celebrity," said Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
Chairman & CEO Richard Fain. "This expansion also is yet another vivid
illustration of the incredibly exciting growth and momentum behind the
Celebrity brand." Celebrity estimates the all-in cost of the ship to be
approximately $280,000 per berth, based on current exchange rates.
Celebrity Cruises offers comfortably sophisticated, upscale cruise
experiences with highly personalized service, exceptional dining, and
extraordinary attention to detail. Celebrity sails in Alaska, Antarctica,
Bermuda, California, Caribbean, Europe, Galapagos Islands, Hawaii, Mexican
Riviera, Panama Canal and South America, and will begin sailing in Australia
and New Zealand this year. The line also offers unique land-tour vacations in
Alaska, Canada, Europe and Australia through its cruisetour affiliate. Noted
for "The World's Best Large Ships," as voted by the readers of Conde' Nast
Traveler (February 2007 Cruise Poll), Celebrity's current fleet will be joined
by Celebrity Solstice in 2008, Celebrity Equinox in 2009, Celebrity Eclipse in
2010, and a fourth Solstice-class ship in 2011. For more information, call
your travel agent, dial 1-800-437-3111 or visit www.celebritycruises.com.
SOURCE Celebrity Cruises
/CONTACT: Lynn Martenstein, +1-305-539-6570, email@example.com, Elizabeth
Jakeway, +1-305-539-6127, firstname.lastname@example.org, both for Celebrity
/Web site: http://www.celebritycruises.com /
CO: Celebrity Cruises; Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
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