Celebrity Solstice Floats

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Russell Smith

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Another behemoth floats out...

August 12, 2008

Celebrity Solstice Floats

In a major step toward completion, the hotly anticipated Celebrity Solstice, which officially debuts on November 23, was floated out Sunday at Germany's Meyer Werft shipyard. As befits the term, a "float out" is the step in the shipbuilding process in which the dry dock the vessel had been resting in is gradually filled with water until the ship floats on its own. Prior to its float out, Solstice had been perched on blocks, while the hull and exterior work was being completed.

Following the flooding of the space, Solstice was pulled by tug from the covered dry dock to a nearby floating dock, where the remainder of the outfitting -- focusing primarily on completing interior spaces, such as adding carpeting and decorating lounges -- will be completed by September 27.

The ship will then undergo sea trials, after which it will head across the Atlantic for a series of pre-inaugural sailings. The vessel will debut in November with a season of weeklong Eastern Caribbean cruises.

Solstice is the first of five of a new prototype for Celebrity Cruises, all boasting innovative onboard features like a hot glass show, the Lawn Club, an onboard bocce/putting venue with real grass and special spa cabins.

Source: http://www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=2721


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Russell Smith

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$750 million (USD)

QM2 has her beat by $50 million (USD).
Happy
And QM2 is far more classic and graceful.
 
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George L. Lorton

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!!$750 million (USD)!!

Well I won't ever get aboard unless I get a job there. If I had $750 million (USD) I wouldn't spend it on a cruise.
 
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Joe Russo

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"QM2 has her beat by $50 million"

Yes, but Celebrity is building five!!!!
Just thinking out loud here, but how long before the market is saturated? RCI now has a sh**load of megaships.
 
Michael H. Standart

Michael H. Standart

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From Cruise Critic:

Like to Cut Lawns? Consider a Career At Sea
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It was probably inevitable that Celebrity Cruises, the first line ever to include lawns made of real grass, would have to expand its typical onboard job description to include a gardener and indeed, Cruise Critic contributor Glenn Tucker passes along the following classified.

The lawn, which will makes it appearance on Celebrity's brand new Celebrity Solstice -- just a month or so from making its debut, is part of The Lawn Club,...
More at http://www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=2825
 
Michael H. Standart

Michael H. Standart

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From Cruise Critic:

Celebrity Solstice Leads the Way in Eco-Friendly Technology
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At Conde Nast Traveler's annual World Savers Congress, held this week in New York City, leaders from the hotel, cruise and vacation real estate industries gathered to discuss the tourism industry's social and environmental responsibility. Cruise Critic attended the panel "Technology, How Green Can You Be?" which featured Celebrity Cruises' Dan Hanrahan as the cruise industry representative.
More at http://www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=2835
 
Michael H. Standart

Michael H. Standart

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From Cruise Critic:

Celebrity Solstice Makes River Transit; Impressions
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Celebrity Solstice departed from its Papenburg, Germany shipyard today as nearly 100,000 onlookers, looked on. The ship, as is custom for all vessels built at Papenburg's Meyer Werft, traveled down the Ems River backwards. People were stationed at various points (as close as a parking lot adjacent to the ship and at a range of spots along the river), many turning up for the weekend in caravans. There was definitely a festive feel.
Full story at http://www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=2847
 
Michael H. Standart

Michael H. Standart

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From Cruise Critic:

Solstice Returns to Dry Dock in Hamburg
quote:

Celebrity Cruises' hotly anticipated Celebrity Solstice had some minor hiccups during sea trials earlier this week -- so it's back to the dry dock for the 2,850-passenger, 122,000-ton ship for final tweaking. But though adjustments are needed, the sea trials were an overall success, and the ship remains on schedule for its October 24 delivery date.
More at http://www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=2898
 
Michael H. Standart

Michael H. Standart

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From BYM:

USA. Celebrity Cruises takes delivery of Celebrity Solstice
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The most widely heralded cruise ship to enter the market this year, Celebrity Cruises' Celebrity Solstice, has been delivered at a ceremony in Emshaven, Netherlands, marking the formal transfer of the ship, the first in a class of five, from shipbuilder Meyer Werft to Celebrity Cruises. The ship will begin its transatlantic voyage October 25, with arrival in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., anticipated November 3.
More at http://www.bymnews.com/news/newsDetails.php?id=44729
 
Michael H. Standart

Michael H. Standart

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From BYM:

USA. Celebrity Solstice sails into Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale Monday
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South Florida residents and visitors interested in seeing the cruise industry’s most eagerly awaited ship of the year will have their chance Monday, November 3, when Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Solstice sails into Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
More at http://www.bymnews.com/news/newsDetails.php?id=45232
 
Michael H. Standart

Michael H. Standart

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From Cruise Critic:

Celebrity Christens Celebrity Solstice in Ft. Lauderdale
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It was "A Beautiful Day" in Ft. Lauderdale as Celebrity Cruises christened its 122,000-ton, 2,850-passenger Celebrity Solstice this evening during a ceremony centered on the popular U2 tune. But the song, performed by violinist Lucia Micarelli and vocalist Antonio Sol while an acrobat dressed all in white swung high in the air on a metal hoop, was just one of the many ways in which the ceremony offered a more modern take on maritime tradition.
More at http://www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=2939
 
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