Celebrity Cruises is officially bringing a second ship to Australia after a decade with a ship in Sydney.
Celebrity Eclipse will join Celebrity Solstice during the 2020/2021 summer season.
The 2,850-guest Eclipse will be the newest ever cruise ship to homeport in Melbourne, Victoria, when it arrives fresh from a multi-million dollar modernisation.
The AU$700 million revamp is part of the line’s “Celebrity Revolution” that will see the cabins, suites, food, technology and public spaces completely modernised across the entire fleet.
Celebrity Solstice will follow Eclipse’s lead and undergo the modernisation in 2021.
Vice President and Managing Director, RCL Cruises, Australia and New Zealand Susan Bonner said the decision to homeport two ships in the region is testament to the popularity of Australia to international and domestic tourists.
Bonner commented: “It will be the first time we base two Solstice-class ships here, the first time we homeport out of Melbourne, and Eclipse will be our first Australian ship to return completely revolutionised.
These ships are truly beautiful, and their food, wine and design focus resonates so well with discerning Australian guests looking for modern luxury holidays.”
After Eclipse’s 14-night Singapore to Sydney repositioning via Australia’s east coast and the Great Barrier Reef, she will arrive in Sydney on December 8th 2020.
This will be to sail a two-night Sampler voyage from Sydney before departing on a 13-night cruise via New Zealand to her new Melbourne homeport.
Following her arrival to Victoria on December 23rd, guests can choose from seven round-trip sailings from Melbourne, between eight and 14 nights to destinations in the South Pacific, New Zealand, Queensland, Tasmania and South Australia.
Guests will also be able to choose from two one-way, 11-night New Zealand sailings between Melbourne and Auckland.
Eclipse will finish its inaugural Australian season on April 4th 2021 with a 19-night Melbourne to Honolulu voyage.
During this time, Celebrity Solstice will continue to homeport in Sydney from October 16th 2020 after a repositioning cruise from Honululu via Tahiti.
Afterwards, Solstice will embark on cruises to the South Pacific, New Zealand and Australia, before cruising back to Hawaii on a 19-night cruise departing April 14th 2021.
Last month, Celebrity announced they would launch their second Edge-class ship, Celebrity Apex, in Southampton.
The ship will be named in Southampton before embarking on a mini series of sailings from the UK.
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