Marine Log

February 17, 2006

Celebrity Cruises orders second Meyer post-Panamax

Royal Caribbean Cruises says that its Celebrity Cruises has exercised its option to order a second 118,000 grt ship at Meyer Werft for delivery in Summer 2009.

Celebrity also announced names of both new ships, which will be known as the Solstice clas.

The first ship, which is scheduled for delivery in Summer 2007 will be called Celebrity Solstice, and the second will be named Celebrity Equinox.

Celebrity says that terms for the second Solstice-class vessel "are substantially the same as those of the first ship," which means that its all-in cost should be around $641 million.

Both 118,000 grt new ships will be 2,850-guest vessels of 1,033 feet in length and 121 feet in width--putting them in the post-Panamax category. Their size will allow Celebrity to offer larger standard staterooms, a higher percentage of balconies and a wide range of services and amenities.

They will have diesel engines and podded propulsion units. Overall engine output will be 63,000 kW (86,000 bhp).

"The Solstice-class ships accelerate the tremendous growth and excitement that continues to build with this brand," said Richard D. Fain, chairman and CEO of parent company Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. "We owe a lot of our inspiration to guests and travel partners, and we think they will be enormously pleased with this collaboration. We also thank our shipbuilding partner, Meyer Werft, for working with us to produce so many of our beautiful ships."