Two Celebrity newbuild orders

Letter of intent for STX France to build vessels for new ship class
Two Celebrity newbuild orders

By Michele Witthaus |

Celebrity Cruises has signed a letter of intent with French shipbuilder STX France for two vessels, to inaugurate a new class of ship.

The two 2,900-guest, 117,000gt ships will be developed under the project name EDGE and will extend the ‘modern luxury’ branding of the Millennium and Solstice class vessels in the brand’s fleet.

Richard Fain, chairman and CEO of Celebrity's parent company Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd , said: "The addition of two project EDGE ships to our fleet delivers on our long-term strategic plan of moderate capacity growth, and continues the positive momentum the Celebrity brand has achieved in the premium segment of our industry.” The global organisation said project EDGE would deliver “small ship itineraries with large ship amenities, a perfect holiday experience in step with today's premium guest”.

Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Celebrity Cruises, commented: "Our new class of ship will set the standard for premium world travel and deliver the next generation of modern luxury experiences that our guests know and love. STX France designs and builds some of the most innovative and stylish cruise ships in the world, and project EDGE offers them the opportunity to again set a new standard for modern iconic architecture. On this stunning new ship we will bring our guests even closer to the must-see destinations of the world, while indulging them onboard in the most luxurious accommodations, the finest culinary experiences, and the best hospitality delivered by our dedicated staff."

Laurent Castaing, managing director of STX France, said: "We are excited to be collaborating with Celebrity on this dramatic step forward in premium cruise ship design. This class of ships will be designed to deliver the destination to holidaymakers who want to experience all the world has to offer."

Environmentally friendly ship design will be a key aspect of the new vessel class, using new technologies to drive significant fuel efficiency with a particular focus the use of sustainable materials.

The first ship will be delivered in autumn 2018 and the second early in 2020. The order is contingent upon the completion of the normal conditions under these circumstances, including financing.

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