Monday, April 4, 2011

Celebrity Cruises Begins Construction of Celebrity Reflection With Steelcutting Ceremony

Before boarding Celebrity Eclipse for her conveyance up the River Ems just a little over a year ago, Cruise Diva was among a group invited inside Meyer Werft shipyard to witness the next all-important step in the progress of Celebrity Cruises' Solstice Class. As the first steel was cut for Celebrity Silhouette, building of the fourth vessel in the series began. It may have only looked like a slab of steel back then, but it won't be long now before Celebrity Silhouette takes her place as the newest Solstice Class ship in the Celebrity fleet this summer.

While reflecting on the success of Celebrity Cruises’ stylish Solstice Class vessels, the line’s President & CEO Dan Hanrahan activated the first cut of steel for the fifth in the five-ship class, Celebrity Reflection, at shipbuilder Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany. The sleek, 3,030-guest ship will debut in the Fall of 2012. Joining Hanrahan as he ceremoniously initiated Celebrity Reflection’s first cut of steel above are (l. to r.) Meyer Werft CEO Bernard Meyer; Meyer Werft’s Laser Center Director Hermann Lembeck, and Project Manager Lambert Kruse.

Proudly watching over her sister ship’s start, Celebrity Silhouette is presently in the final phases of her own construction (that's Celebrity Silhouette's steelcutting pictured at right). Celebrity Silhouette sets sail in July of this year, enhancing guests’ vacation time with a host of industry-first venues and experiences within The Lawn Club, including the interactive “Lawn Club Grill,” where guests can select and grill their own meats side-by-side with Celebrity’s expert chefs, or have them cooked to order; the relaxing, private, wi-fi-equipped cabanas called “The Alcoves”; “The Porch,” a breezy, casual dining spot offering sandwiches, coffees and captivating views of the sea and the ship’s lush lawn, and “The Art Studio,” where vacationers can bring out their inner artist. The ship also will present another entirely new venue, “The Hideaway,” an intimate, quiet space reminiscent of a childhood tree house.

Celebrity Reflection will present all the new venues, in addition to the line’s first AquaClass suites, expanding on Celebrity’s in-demand, spa-inspired AquaClass stateroom accommodations. The distinctive new experiences will join the diverse array of other modern venues and attributes already associated with Celebrity’s Solstice Class ships.

Celebrity Cruises’ iconic “X” is the mark of the premium cruise line, with spacious, stylish interiors; dining experiences elevated to an art form; personalized service, with a guest-to-staff ratio of nearly 2:1; unexpected, trendsetting onboard activities, all designed to provide an unmatchable experience for vacationers’ precious time. For more information, visit celebritycruises.com.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Steel cutting ceremony? What happened to laying the keel, building the ship and launching the damn thing? The process has been updated in the name of modular assembly but you don't have to dream up new centurys old traditions.