Celebrity Cruises to unveil latest liner
Celebrity Silhouette, the newest addition to Celebrity Cruises Solstice class of liners, will be officially named in Hamburg this summer. Built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, the 2,886-guest Celebrity Silhouette will be introduced to the world on 21 July 2011, with formal naming ceremonies that will kick-off a two-night preview cruise for invited travel agents, press and other dignitaries. Celebrity Silhouette is the fourth Solstice Class ship in a series of five built German shipyard renowned, and the first in its class to be officially named in Germany.
“We are so honored that Germany will be the first country outside of the United States or the United Kingdom to host the naming of a Solstice Class ship,” said Tom Fecke, General Manager of RCL Cruises Ltd, Germany. “This is a clear commitment not only to the German cruise market, but also to the growing interest in the Celebrity Cruises brand, which continues to evolve and attract affluent vacationers. Hamburg, with its strong cruising tradition and appeal, provides an ideal setting, and we are very much looking forward to the celebration of the launch of this stunningly beautiful new ship.”
The inaugural voyage – a seven-night cruise to Rome – will depart on 23 July. Following a Rome-focused two-night preview cruise for invited members of the travel industry and the media, the ship will introduce a series of 12- and 13-night Holy Land sailings roundtrip from Rome. Beginning this November, Celebrity Silhouette will be the first Solstice Class ship to present cruises from Cape Liberty (Bayonne), New Jersey.
Celebrity Silhouette facilities include The Lawn Club Grill, the industry’s first outdoor, interactive grill restaurant; The Porch, offering casual and complimentary breakfasts and lunches against a backdrop of views of the lawn and sea; The Art Studio, a space within The Lawn Club where guests receive hands-on instruction from experts in drawing, painting and beading, as well as the art of food, with plating, tastings, mixology and other culinary-themed classes.
The Alcoves is a private retreat overlooking the lawn, ocean and coastlines, featuring eight cabana-style settings, each designed for two to four guests, while The Hideaway is a high-tech, avant-garde treehouse-like spot for holidaymakers to relax with their Apple iPads or a good book.
In addition the Celebrity Silhouette will offer Solstice Class faciltiies including the Celebrity iLounge – the cruise industry’s first Authorized Apple Reseller – and 10 other restaurants. Nightclubs and lounges include CellarMasters, while the liner will offer one of the broadest and best wine offerings in the industry, served by one of the world’s largest staffs of certified sommeliers.