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Celebrity Cruises To Launch Two Retrofitted Ships In 2007
by Roy Witman © 2008

Celebrity Cruises has recently been bestowed with two established ships as a result of parent-company Royal Caribbean’s acquisition of Spanish Pullmantur. These intimate-size vessels will each undergo retrofitting in dry dock before taking to the seas under the banner of Celebrity Cruises.

The ships will be very similar in size and amenities, but will differ greatly in their itineraries. Outfitted with the standard Celebrity Cruises compliments, each vessel will provide open seating in restaurants, a casually elegant atmosphere, two specialty restaurants plus:

· Michael’s Club - A piano bar serving cocktails of all types.
· Martini Bar - Offering over 20 types of martinis.
· Aquaspa® - A unique Celebrity inclusion designed to provide the utmost in pampering including acupuncture at sea.
· Sensory Heaven spa treatments by Elemis.
· Enrichment Activities - Take a culinary class, speak one to one with prominent authors and more.
· Gourmet cuisine provided by world-class chefs.

Celebrity was recently voted “The Best Cruise Ships In the World” for the fifth consecutive year by Conde’ Nast Traveler. Living up to its reputation, Celebrity will spend over $70 million dollars on upgrades, the most impressive of which will include:

·15 different classes of cabins.
·In-cabin spa treatments.
·Butler and concierge service for every cabin onboard (not just suites).

With a capacity of just over 700 passengers and one staff member for every two guests, these two new ships will give visitors plenty of opportunities for exceptional services.

Celebrity “Journey”

Previously deemed “Blue Dream” while flying the Pullmantur flag, Celebrity Cruises has renamed this ship “Journey.” She will set sail in May 2007 with a Bermuda itinerary, which will continue through October. “Journey” will then set course for truly unique destinations including Antarctica, Brazil and Chile.

Celebrity “Quest”

The second of the siblings sailed under the name of “Blue Moon” prior to the acquisition. Named “Quest” by Celebrity, this ship is scheduled to launch in October 2007 with a schedule of Caribbean itineraries. Her destinations will change several months after her maiden voyage to more exclusive ports of call including St. Barts, St. John, Santa Marta, Grand Turk and others.

For those who prefer a cruise experience that is more intimate, but still holds a high level of excitement and intrigue, Celebrity promises “Journey” and “Quest” will deliver.

Read more about the Celebrity Cruise Line.