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Moving home: Celebrity Eclipse bids farewell to Southampton after eight years

On Saturday Celebrity Eclipse will bid farewell to Southampton, the UK port it has called home since 2010.

Her final embarkation is for a 15-night transatlantic cruise calling at Boston, New York, Kings Wharf (Bahamas) and Nassau before arriving in Miami.
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Celebrity Eclipse has been sailing from Southampton for eight years

During the last eight years Celebrity Eclipse has undertaken a number of memorable sailings. This included putting its inaugural celebrations on hold and sailing to Spain in April 2010 to rescue stranded travellers following the volcanic ash cloud.

The Celebrity Cruises team was also proud to name esteemed ocean racer and yachts woman Emma Pontin as Godmother when she launched the ship and continues to support Breast Cancer Care in her memory.

From late April 2018 Celebrity Eclipse will be based from Dublin for a mini-season running until June, making Celebrity Cruises the first major cruise line in the world to homeport in the city.

Itineraries will include a 10-night Ireland and Iceland sailing calling at Belfast, Northern Ireland, Reykjavik, Iceland, Akureyri, Iceland, Lerwick/Shetland, Scotland, and Cork, Ireland, as well as offering an eight-night Norwegian Fjords itinerary.

Celebrity Eclipse farewell
Eclipse hotel director Jamie Petts (left),  Captain Michael Sympouras and Jo Rzymowska at a farewell gathering

From summer 2018 Southampton will welcome Celebrity Silhouette when the ship homeports in the UK for the first time. The ship will also offer a choice of itineraries including seven- and eight-night Norwegian Fjord sailings, seven 14-night Scandinavia and Russia sailings and 14-night Mediterranean, Canaries and Azores, as well as Iceland and Ireland sailings.

Jo Rzymowska, vice president and managing director, UK, Ireland and Asia, Celebrity Cruises, said: “I know many of our guests have great memories of the much-loved Celebrity Eclipse, myself included.

“The arrival of Celebrity Silhouette in Southampton from next summer promises to bring new opportunities and adventures that I know our guests and crew will love.”

Posted on 26th October 2017 at 03:58 pm in Cruise News | Cruise Ships | Cruise Lines | Celebrity Cruises |

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