A letter of intent was signed today between Celebrity Cruises and STX France for two new 117,000-gt ships dubbed Project EDGE. According to a press release issued by parent company Royal Caribbean International, the “2,900-guest ships will build upon the modern luxury experience of the brand’s MILLENNIUM and SOLSTICE Class vessels.”
CELEBRITY EQUINOX, second of five 121,879-gt CELEBRITY SOLSTICE Class ships, shown under a rainbow at Fort Lauderdale on Monday, December 1. The newly ordered ships will be slightly smaller. Photo and copyright Peter Knego 2014.
Advance specifications list the ships at 984 feet long, 123 feet wide and 190 feet high. Delivery for the first ship is expected in Fall 2018, with the second in the early part of 2020, contingent upon the completion of customary conditions, including financing.
“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 Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
“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.”
“We are excited to be collaborating with Celebrity on this dramatic step forward in premium cruise ship design,” said Laurent Castaing, managing director of STX France. “This class of ships will be designed to deliver the destination to vacationers who want to experience all the world has to offer.”
Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea. With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications. Knego also runs the www.midshipcentury.com website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India. He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."
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