Friday, September 16, 2011

Celebrity Reflection: Celebrating the Keel-Laying

No doubt about it, Celebrity Cruises isn’t merely sitting back and reflecting on the sucess of their latest class of vessels. Forging ahead, the line celebrated the keel-laying of the fifth in its five-ship Solstice Class series, Celebrity Reflection, at shipbuilder Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany earlier this week.

Decorated with garlands of greenery (that’s something Germans do when building almost any structure), the 500-ton block measuring 66-ft by 118-ft was lifted into the building dock with an 800-ton crane. Also traditional, it was commemoratively placed on a collection of coins.

Celebrity Reflection is the 10th ship to be built for Celebrity Cruises by Meyer Werft. The two organizations’ collaboration began in 1988, with the building of the former Celebrity Horizon. And in a unique twist, Celebrity Reflection shares the same trio of numbers as designated by Meyer Werft to the first Celebrity ship built at the yard: The former Celebrity Horizon’s shipyard number was S-619; Celebrity Reflection’s is S-691.

Image Courtesy of Celebrity Cruises

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