Today, Celebrity Cruises announced a deal with STX France for the construction of two new ships, launching a new class of ship for the luxury line.
The new class of ship, codenamed EDGE, will initially feature two 117,000 GRT ships, both accommodating approximately 2,900 guests. The new design is smaller than the line’s newest Solstice Class ships, and will offer experiences and amenities found aboard both the line’s Millennium and Solstice Class ships.
“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,” said Michael Bayley, president and chief executive officer of Celebrity Cruises. “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 has stated the the new ships will allow the line to offer “small ship itineraries with large ship amenities.” The new ships will also feature a number of environmental technologies aimed at reducing energy consumption and pollution.
The new ships, which will be constructed at STX France’s yard in St. Nazaire, are expected to join the fleet in 2018 and 2020 respectively.