Celebrity orders third ship for Solstice fleet

Celebrity Cruises has ordered a third 118,000-ton ship with a view to completing a fleet of three new cruiseliners by 2010. Royal Caribbean International’s sister brand, which has recently hosted UK corporate groups including Ladbrokes, will sequentially unveil the new class of Solstice ships over the next four years. They include Celebrity Solstice planned for the autumn 2008, Celebrity Equinox, to launch in 2009 and the third to follow June 2010. Built by German manufacturer Meyer Werft, each will include 2,850 guest vessels measuring 1,033 feet in length and 121 feet in width. They will also feature larger staterooms, a higher percentage of balconies and a range of guest-inspired services and amenities. Celebrity Cruises chairman and CEO Richard Fain described the ships as "a new program that will differentiate and elevate the Celebrity Cruises brand". Celebrity Cruises currently sails in Alaska, Bermuda, California, the Caribbean, Europe, the Galapagos Islands, Hawaii, the Mexican Riviera, the Panama Canal and South America.

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