STX France to build two new vessels for Celebrity Cruises

8 December 2014 (Last Updated December 8th, 2014 18:30)

Royal Caribbean Cruises has signed a contract with French shipbuilder STX France to build two new vessels for its Celebrity Cruises subsidiary.

Royal Caribbean Cruises has signed a contract with French shipbuilder STX France to build two new vessels for its Celebrity Cruises subsidiary.

Under the agreement, STX France will build two 117,000gt ships based on the modern luxury experience of the Celebrity Cruises’ Millennium and Solstice-class vessels.

Named Project EDGE, the company plans to produce two 984ft-long and 123ft-wide vessels that provide small ship itineraries with large ship amenities, Royal Caribbean Cruises said. They will have the capacity to accommodate 2,900 passengers.

"We will bring our guests even closer to the must-see destinations of the world, while indulging them onboard in the most luxurious accommodations."

Celebrity Cruises president and CEO Michael Bayley said: "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.

"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."

Built using new technologies, these new vessels will be environmentally friendly and offer lower fuel consumption.

Delivery of the first vessel is expected in late 2018, while the second ship is scheduled to take place in early 2020.

In May, Royal Caribbean Cruises awarded a contract to STX France to build a fourth Oasis-class ship, featuring a split superstructure design.

STX France is currently working on the third Oasis-class ship, which is expected for delivery early in 2016.