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Celebrity Cruises on EDGE as it orders two new ships

Celebrity Cruises signed a letter of intent in December 2014 for a new class of vessel, codenamed EDGE, with two ships planned for late 2018 and early 2020.

Parent company Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd and French shipbuilder STX France, announcing the deal, revealed that the two 2,900-guest, 117,000-ton ships, the first to be called Celebrity Edge, will build upon the modern luxury experience of the brand’s Millennium and Solstice class vessels.

At 984ft long, 123ft wide and 190ft high, Project EDGE will deliver small ship itineraries with large ship amenities.

Celebrity Solstice
The new Edge ships will be based on Millennium and Solstice class vessels

“The addition of two project EDGE vessels 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,” said Richard D. Fain, chairman and chief executive officer of RCCL.

“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,” said Michael Bayley, president and chief executive officer of Celebrity Cruises.

“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.”

The vessels also represent a significant step forward in environmentally friendly ship design, benefiting from new technologies to drive significant fuel efficiency and an ongoing process to ensure the extensive use of sustainable materials. 

The company expects delivery of the first ship in autumn 2018, with the second vessel delivered in the early part of 2020. The order is contingent upon the completion of customary conditions, including financing. 

Posted on 5th December 2014 at 11:55 am in Cruise News | Cruise Ships | New Ships | Cruise Lines | Celebrity Cruises |

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