Celebrity Cruises

As Celebrity Cruises enters a new era of larger ships and higher capacity, don't mourn just yet for the little cruise line offering personalized service. After all, no one believed that Celebrity could maintain its standards with the birth of its Millennium-class ships, and it managed quite nicely, adding a series of enhancements that pleased even the most stalwart Celebrity smaller-ship fans.

It's true, though, that both of Celebrity's new ships—Solstice and Equinox—will come in at 118,000 tons, bigger than even the largest ships in Carnival's fleet. Debuting in 2008 and 2009 respectively, these two ships aim to rock the notion that a cruise line positioning itself in the "premium" market must keep its ships small and cozy. (Both are about 30 percent larger than the line's Millennium-class ships.) What's even more surprising about this aggressive new-build program is that both ships are post-Panamax, meaning they will be unable to transit the Panama Canal—and thus also unable to transition between the Caribbean and Alaska, two of Celebrity's itinerary staples.

 


 

Century Class

Celebrity Century
Gross Tonnage 71,545 tons
Guest Capacity 1,814
Entered Service 1995

Celebrity Mercury
Gross Tonnage 77,713 tons
Guest Capacity 1,886
Entered Service 1997

 

Millennium Class

Celebrity Constellation
Gross Tonnage 91,000 tons
Guest Capacity 2,034
Entered Service 2002

Celebrity Infinity
Gross Tonnage 91,000 tons
Guest Capacity 2,034
Entered Service 2001

Celebrity Millennium
Gross Tonnage 91,000 tons
Guest Capacity 2,034
Entered Service 2000

Celebrity Summit
Gross Tonnage 91,000 tons
Guest Capacity 2,034
Entered Service 2002

 

 

Xpedition Class

 

Celebrity Xpedition
Gross Tonnage 2,329 tons
Guest Capacity 96
Entered Service 2004

 

Solstice Class

Celebrity Solstice
Gross Tonnage 122,000 tons
Guest Capacity 2,850
Entered Service 2008

Celebrity Equinox
Gross Tonnage 122,000 tons
Guest Capacity 2,850
Entered Service 2009

Celebrity Eclipse
Gross Tonnage 122,000 tons
Guest Capacity 2,850
Entered Service 2010

Celebrity Silhouette
Gross Tonnage 122,400 tons
Guest Capacity 2,886
Entered Service 2011

Celebrity Reflection
Gross Tonnage 126,000 tons
Guest Capacity 3,046
Entered Service 2012

 

 

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