Dan Hanrahan (Celebrity CEO), Richard Fain (RCI CEO) and Bernard Meyer (Meyer Werft CEO) toast to the SILHOUETTE. Photo courtesy of Celebrity Cruises.

Yesterday, Celebrity Cruises officially took ownership of its brand new SOLSTICE Class CELEBRITY SILHOUETTE in a handoff ceremony with the ship’s builder, Papenburg-based Meyer Werft shipyard.  Bernard Meyer, CEO of Meyer Werft. Richard D. Fain, chairman and CEO of Celebrity’s parent company, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., and Celebrity’s President and CEO Dan Hanrahan participated in the event, which marks the transfer of ownership of the vessel from the shipyard to Celebrity.

The fourth of five SOLSTICE Class ships built by Meyer Werft, the CELEBRITY SILHOUETTE is currently berthed in Hamburg, where she will set sail on July 21 for a two night naming cruise with media and travel industry reps. before commencing her maiden voyage on July 23, a seven night cruise to Civitavecchia. MaritimeMatters will be on hand to cover the event and post images of the ship, so please stay tuned.

Peter Knego

Peter Knego

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 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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