Celebrity Cruises has announced that it has made an agreement to order two new class cruise ships that are known as project EDGE.
The agreement has been made with the French shipbuilder STX France and parent company Royal Caribbean Ltd. The two 2,900-guest, 117,000-gross-registered-ton ships, developed under the project name EDGE will 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, a perfect vacation experience in step with today’s premium vacationer.
“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,” said Richard D. Fain, chairman and chief executive officer of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
The current Solstice class ships have been award-winning but the new Edge class will expand even further. Celebrity CEO Michael Bayley states “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”
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.
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.
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