Marine Log

July 18, 2006

Celebrity orders third Solstice class cruise ship

Royal Caribbean's Celebrity Cruises today announced that it has ordered a third 118,000 gross-registered-ton Solstice-class ship.

Germany's Meyer Werft will build the new tonnage, with delivery of Celebrity Solstice planned for Fall 2008, Celebrity Equinox in Summer 2009, and the third in June 2010.

The new ships for Celebrity Cruises will be 315 m long and 36.8 m wide. Each 118,000 gt ship will accommodate 2,850 in 1,425 cabins. The vessels continue Celebrity’s tradition of incorporating in their ships features typically associated with luxury cruising.

More than 90 percent of the ships’ staterooms will be outside cabins, and more than 90 percent of those rooms will have balconies. Standard staterooms onboard the new ships will average 215 square feet, much larger than those typically found in the cruise industry.

The ships will be equipped with diesel engines and pod propulsion systems. The overall engine output will be 67,000 kW (86,000 hp).

Celebrity estimates the all-in cost of the ship to be approximately US$245,000 per berth, based on current exchange rates. That adds up to a total cost for the ship of $698.25 million

"Celebrity's Solstice class is more than a series of new ships; it's a new class introducing a new program that will further differentiate and elevate the Celebrity brand," said Richard D. Fain, chairman and CEO. "We're confident our guests and travel partners will be thrilled with the experience we'll deliver onboard. And we're very pleased to expand our collaboration with Meyer Werft in the production of these extraordinary new ships."

"Meyer Werft is proud to partner with Celebrity in the company's very exciting period of growth and expansion," said Meyer Werft Managing Partner Bernard Meyer. "These spectacular new ships will vividly illustrate Celebrity's tradition of breakthrough design and leading innovations."