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Two new ships ordered for Celebrity Cruises

first_imgCelebrity Cruises has signed a letter of intent for a new class of vessels, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and French shipbuilder STX France announced today.Two 2,900 guest, 117,000 gross registered ton ships, will be developed under the project name EDGE in order to build upon the modern luxury experience of the brand’s Millennium and Solstice class vessels.At 984 feet long, 123 feet wide and 190 feet high, Project EDGE will deliver small ship itineraries with large ship amenities.Royal Caribbean Cruises chairman and chief executive officer Richard Fain, said that these two new additions follow the company’s long term strategy.“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,” Mr Fain said.These vessels also represent a significant leap forward in environmentally friendly ship design, benefiting from new technologies to drive significant fuel efficiency and an ongoing process to ensure the extensive use of sustainable materials.STX France managing director Laurent Castaing, said that the ships are innovative and STX France are excited to be a part of the collaboration.“We are excited to be collaborating with Celebrity on this dramatic step forward in premium cruise ship design, this class of ships will be designed to deliver the destination to vacationers who want to experience all the world has to offer,” Mr Castaing said.The company expects delivery of the first ship in Fall 2018, with the second vessel delivered in the early part of 2020, the order is contingent upon the completion of customary conditions, including financing.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more