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Celebrity Equinox

Second of Celebrity's stunning new Solstice superliners

Celebrity Equinox was officially christened and named in Southampton on July 29, 2009, by her godmother Nina Barough, founder of the breast cancer charity Walk the Walk.

celebrity equinox She was the second in the new 2,850-guest Solstice-class era of Celebrity ships, boasting ground-breaking features such as:

  • The Lawn Club, the first real grass growing at sea featuring a lawn area larger than eight (8) tennis courts
  • Hot Glass Show, with live glassblowing demonstrations
  • Ten different restaurants including the main dining room inspired by old Hollywood glamour, and smaller speciality venues with ambience designed to complement the first-class cuisine
  • A new accommodation class, AquaClass, featuring a range of relaxation options such as dream-enhancing television programming, a welcome kit with teeth whitening sample, the option to dine in the exclusive restaurant, Blu, dedicated to guests staying in AquaClass accommodations and complimentary access to the Persian Garden within the onboard extensive AquaSpa facility
    Rooms based on the design inspirations of five women selected for their travel and hospitality knowledge

  • More than 5,000 travel agents, travel industry leaders and consumers enjoyted a taste of the ship during two weeks of launch celebrations ahead of her first sailing with paying guests on July 31 for an eight-night Norwegian Fjords cruise.

    Arriving in Southampton on July 19, Celebrity Equinox was unveiled to the UK and Ireland travel industry and consumers before her official christening and naming.

    As a prelude to the arrival of sister ship Celebrity Eclipse in April 2010, the launch celebrations were designed to excite the UK cruise market in advance of Celebrity Eclipse being based from Southampton throughout the summer of 2010.

    Celebrations included the first ever Pro-Am croquet tournament to take place on the high seas. Ten of the world’s best mallet swingers took part including the current world number one Chris Clarke, and British Open Champion Stephen Mulliner. The female classical group All Angels performed for VIP guests onboard as Celebrity Equinox sailed away from the city on a one-night taster cruise.

    The £700 million ship, built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, is aimed at experienced cruisers who want to try a new cruise experience. She features a real grass lawn larger than eight tennis courts for boules, bocca, putting and outdoor concerts.

    The ship also played host to thousands of UK and Ireland travel agents and cruise industry professionals at the annual Passenger Shipping Association dinner.

    Vital statistics

    Operated by Celebrity Cruises
    Built by Meyer Werft, Germany
    Entered service: July 2009
    Gross tonnage: 122,000
    Cruising speed: 24 knots
    Passengers: 2,850
    Passenger decks: 10
    Lifts: 10
    Crew: 1,500 international
    Staterooms: 1,425 including:

    Length: 1,033ft
    Width: 121ft
    Draught: 27ft


    Two main dining rooms (two sittings), three alternative dining options, casino, three-level theatre, cyber cafe, nightclub and lounge for dancing, cinema, library, conference centre, boutiques, beauty shop, two outside, one inside swimming pool, six jacuzzis, fitness center, sauna, steam room.

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