Tourism & Cruises

Celebrity Cruises orders two new ships

Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Celebrity Cruises
Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Celebrity Cruises Simon Brooke-Webb/ sbw-photo

Two years after rolling out it’s last new ship, Miami-based Celebrity Cruises on Thursday announced it has ordered two new vessels from French builder STX France.

The still-unnamed ships, which will be a new class of vessels, will debut in fall of 2018 and early 2020. Dubbed “project Edge” for now, the ships will have capacity for 2,900 passengers, similar to the previous class, though they will be slightly smaller at 984 feet long and 117,000 gross registered tons.

“We think that size is kind of the perfect size,” said Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Celebrity Cruises. “It allows you to deliver a lot of the big-ship amenities but access a lot of the small-ship itineraries.”

The order is contingent upon the conditions including financing. Celebrity is part of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., which has headquarters in Miami.

“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,” Richard D. Fain, chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises, said in a statement.