Last September, MaritimeMatters reported on the choice of name for the fifth unit of the Celebrity Cruises Solstice Class cruise ships to be built at Meyer Weft, Germany.

Today, Celebrity hotel director Roswitha Arnett and Celebrity president and CEO Dan Hanrahan joined Meyer Werft’s managing partner Bernard Meyer in a ceremony marking the first steel cutting of the new CELEBRITY REFLECTION.

Enhanced image of a current Solstice Class ship to represent the newbuilding CELEBRITY SILHOUETTE, the as-yet-unfinished older sister to the CELEBRITY REFLECTION . Courtesy of Celebrity Cruises.

In December, it was announced that the latest vessel in the class will be larger than her predecessors with the addition of 72 cabins to the REFLECTION, including 34 AquaClass suites that bring the double occupancy count up to 3,030 passengers

The new 126,000 gt vessel, to be delivered in November 2012, will be 4,000 gt larger than her sisters. The US $3.7-billion class began in 2008 with the CELEBRITY SOLSTICE, which was followed by the CELEBRITY EQUINOX, CELEBRITY ECLIPSE and the soon-to-be-delivered CELEBRITY SILHOUETTE (currently under construction at the same shipyard). CELEBRITY REFLECTION will host some new features along with many of the hallmarks found on most of her sister ships, including:

The hip “Celebrity iLounge” that made Celebrity Cruises the industry’s first Authorized Apple reseller.

Uniquely unordinary “Qsine,” the first seagoing restaurant to feature a menu and wine list on an iPad® and an engaging food-as-theater dining experience.

Celebrity’s iconic half-acre Lawn Club, with real, growing grass.

Ten unrivaled dining venues, including Qsine.

Modern, stylish interiors by some of the world’s best architects and designers.

Hip, cool nightclubs and lounges, including CellarMasters, complete with the industry’s first installation of the innovative Enomatic by-the-glass wine serving system.

One of the broadest and best wine offerings in the industry, served by one of the world’s largest staffs of certified sommeliers.

One of the world’s largest permanent collections of original contemporary art and the industry’s first self-guided art tours to be presented on an iPad®.

Widely varied entertainment, including custom aerial production shows and live music.

The extensive array of entertaining and enriching onboard programming offered through “Celebrity Life,” including instruction on the latest iPods®, MacBooks® and iLife® classes; language learning through Rosetta Stone®; comparative wine tastings with Riedel Crystal, and enrichment presentations with Smithsonian Journeys.”

Thanks to Peter Knego


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