Celebrity Cruises has announced that they have signed a letter of intent for two new cruise ships. These new cruise ships will be under the project name EDGE, a new class of ship that will be built upon the luxury experience of the Solstice and Millennium class ships.
The two new vessels will hold up to 2,900 passengers and be 117,000 gross tons. The ships will be 984 feet long, 123 feet wide, and 190 feet high. Richard Fain, the chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean gave the following statement:
“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.”
The project EDGE class ships will offer all of the amenities that the larger ships offer along with small ship itineraries. The ships will have an environmentally friendly design utilizing technology for fuel efficiency and the use of sustainable materials.
The first project EDGE class ship is expected to be completed in the fall of 2018 with the second one joining the fleet in early 2020. The order is contingent on financing and completion of customary conditions.
Michael Bayley, the president and CEO of Celebrity Cruises, gave the following statement:
” Our new class of ship will set the standard for premium world travel and deliver the next generation of modern luxury experiences that our guests know and love.
STX France designs and builds some of the most innovative and stylish cruise ships in the world, and project EDGE offers them the opportunity to again set a new standard for modern iconic architecture. On this stunning new ship we will bring our guests even closer to the must-see destinations of the world, while indulging them onboard in the most luxurious accommodations, the finest culinary experiences, and the best hospitality delivered by our dedicated staff.”Celebrity Cruises currently has 11 cruise ships.”
The Celebrity Reflection was the last cruise ship to join Celebrity’s fleet when the 126,000 gross ton ship was completed in 2012.