Here’s a sneak preview of the cruise ship Celebrity Equinox, which will be making its debut in Southampton later this month. If you’ve already seen sister ship Celebrity Solstice, then they will probably look familiar, because the two vessels are almost identical, with subtle changes of décor. They are also an indication of what Celebrity Eclipse will look like when it is delivered next year for a season sailing out of the UK.
The interior design of the Solstice-class ships is a world apart from the retro-style favoured by Cunard and Holland America, and the garish Joe Farcus designs on board Carnival and Costa. Even the up-to-the-minute Royal Caribbean newcomers have nothing quite as stylish as this.
The pictures were taken during the conveyance down the River Ems from the Meyer-Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. There will be more to come when the ship is finished and I’m on board again on July 29 when the naming ceremony will be carried out by Nina Barough, founder of the Walk the Walk cancer charity. She will be using a special bottle of Champagne made by Corning (that’s the bottle, not the bubbly), the people who run the glass-blowing show which is one of several unique features on board.