Keel-laying of the ‘Celebrity Eclipse’

The first block of the new 122,000GT passenger cruise vessel ‘Celebrity Eclipse’ was put in place at Meyer Werft for Celebrity Cruises, USA.

Executive Vice President Maritime & Newbuilding, Harri Kulovaara, Vice President Newbuilding Christer Schoug and Project Director Jarmo Laakso of Celebrity Cruisesput down the traditional lucky coins in the new part of the dock of the shipyard before the first block of the new ship was lowered. This first block weighs approximately 550 tonnes, and measures 16 metres in length, 36.8 metres in breadth and 8 metres in height. The ‘Celebrity Eclipse’ has a length overall of 317 metres, a breadth of 36.8 metres, and will be able to operate at a speed of more than 24 knots. More than 2,852 passengers will be accommodated in 1,426 cabins. This class of ships features plenty of technical innovations. It will contain numerous energy-saving systems, and is built in line with the latest stability regulations. The ‘Celebrity Eclipse’ is the third ship in a series of five for Celebrity Cruises. Delivery is scheduled for 2010.

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