Meyer Werft delivered the 122,000 gross ton cruise ship Celebrity Solstice to the cruise company Celebrity Cruises (Miami, USA) in the Dutch port of Eemshaven today. Celebrity Solstice is the first ship out of a series of five cruise liners the Papenburg shipyard is building for Celebrity Cruises. Meyer Werft and Celebrity Cruises have built an extremely eco-friendly ship. A total energy saving of 30% compared to previous ships is achieved by highly energy-efficient components such as a photovoltaic system, optimised hydrodynamics, an extremely efficient underwater coating or an energy-saving lighting system using LEDs.
Celebrity Solstice is the very first ship that keeps the new rules and regulations regarding damaged stability which will be valid as of 2009 and which help to increase safety considerably in case the ship is damaged due to a leak. Along with its new design and innovate technical equipment, the luxury liner offers the passengers numerous specialities and a great deal of convenience: Roughly 90% of the passenger cabins are outside cabins; most of them having their own balconies.
Safety as well as entertainment on board in accordance with the latest technical standards is ensured by a diesel-electric pod propulsion system, complex alarm and safety systems, interactive communication systems and state-of-the-art stage technology. The Celebrity Solstice does not only meet the usual requirements of a modern cruise ship, but also the propulsion system and fire safety in the engine room fulfil the highest standards.
Following the delivery, the Celebrity Solstice will leave the Dutch port of Eemshaven for Port Everglades (USA) where her naming ceremony take place on 14 November 2008 and from where she will set sail for a couple of mini cruises with passengers.