Hard to believe it, but this building site will be sailing to the UK in three months’ time. It’s the Celebrity Equinox, under construction at a German shipyard where they build ships in a vast shed rather than out in the open.
The Equinox is a sister for Celebrity Solstice, which entered service last December. A third ship, the Celebrity Eclipse, under construction at the right of the picture, will be based in the UK when it begins sailing in April 2010. Each ship is over 1,000 feet long, and carries 2,850 passengers.
They are built at the Meyer-Werft works in Papenburg, The Equinox will be brought out of the construction shed on June 6, and a fortnight later will be brought down the River Ems to the North Sea.
In July it will arrive in Southampton for a week of presentations to the media and travel trade before setting out on its maiden voyage, an eight-night cruise to the Norwegian fjords on July 31.