Celebrity Quest

Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Cruises is a cruise line founded in 1989 by the Greek Chandris Group. In 1997 Celebrity Cruises Ltd. merged with Royal Caribbean International to become Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., which operates Celebrity, Royal Caribbean International, Azamara Cruises, Pullmantur Cruises and CDF Croisieres de France. Today the company is headquartered in Miami, Florida in the United States. The signature "X" on Celebrity ship funnels is the Greek letter chi, for "Chandris". Common features on board are aft-glass dining rooms, formal foyer areas, alternative restaurants, balcony and suite staterooms, large pools and lounging areas, signature bars and lounges, libraries, elegant spas and gyms, as well as relaxing areas.


The Greece-based Chandris Group had been involved in cruise traffic since the 1960s, under two brands: Chandris Fantasy Cruises, that operated in the Caribbean, and Chandris Cruises, that operated in Europe. Both of these companies mainly catered for the lower end of the market, their fleets consisting of second-hand ocean liners. In 1988 Home Lines, at the time one of the world's leading premium cruise lines, was sold to Holland America Line, and Chandris saw a chance of creating a premium line of their own. With this in mind, Chandris Fantasy Cruises' Galileo was rebuilt at Lloyd Werft, Germany in 1989, re-entering service as Meridian for Chandris' new Celebrity Cruises brand in February 1990. Just two months later Celebrity Cruises' first newbuilding, Horizon, entered service. A third ship, Zenith, followed in 1992.

In 1997 the Chandris family sold their interests in Celebrity cruises to Royal Caribbean International. During the same year Celebrity Cruises took delivery of the first Century class vessel, Century, that was followed by Galaxy in 1996 and Mercury in 1997. Following the delivery of the Mercury, the Meridian was sold to Singapore-based Sun Cruises. Between 2000 and 2002 Celebrity took delivery of a quartet of new ships, the gas turbine -powered and aptly named Millennium class ships Millennium, Infinity, Summit and Constellation. The Celebrity Expeditions sub-brand was launched in 2004 with the acquisition of Celebrity Xpedition, a small boutique ship offering specialized cruises around the Galápagos Islands. In 2005 the Horizon was transferred to the fleet Royal Caribbean's United Kingdom -based subsidiary Island Cruises. In the same year the first ship of what was to be named Solstice class was ordered from Meyer Werft. By 2007 three more ships of this class were on order.

In 2006 plans were made to transfer Blue Moon and Blue Dream from the fleet of Pullmantur Cruises to Celebrity Cruises under the names of Celebrity Quest and Celebrity Journey. The ships would have joined the Celebrity Expeditions sub-brand, but in the end the decision was made to form an entirely new line, Azamara Cruises, to operate these ships in 2007. Also in 2007 the Zenith was transferred to Pullmantur Cruises 'in exchange' for the Azamara ships.


Current fleet

Ship Entered service
for Celebrity
Class Capacity Tonnage1 Flag Notes
Celebrity Century 1995 Century class 1778 Previously Century
Celebrity Galaxy 1996 Century class 1896 Previously Galaxy. Will transfer to TUI Cruises in March 2009.
1997 Century class 1896 Previously Mercury.
Celebrity Millennium 2000 Millennium class 2460 Previously Millennium.
Celebrity Infinity 2001 Millennium class 2499 Previously Infinity, renamed 2007
Celebrity Summit 2002 Millennium class 2499 Previously Summit.
Celebrity Constellation 2002 Millennium class 2038 Previously Constellation, renamed 2007
Celebrity Xpedition 2004 Xpedition class 96
1May be specified in gross tonnage (GT) or gross register tons (GRT).

Future ships

Celebrity Cruises has ordered five new ships, the Solstice, the Equinox, the Eclipse, and two still to be named ships. These will be Celebrity's largest vessels at 122,000 GT, holding 2,850 passengers each, and measuring in length, with a beam of .

Ship Planned delivery date Shipyard Projected
gross tonnage
Planned flag
Celebrity Solstice Fall 2008 Meyer Werft, Papenburg 2850
Celebrity Equinox Summer 2009 Meyer Werft, Papenburg 2850
Celebrity Eclipse Summer 2010 Meyer Werft, Papenburg 2850
Name unknown Fall 2011 Meyer Werft, Papenburg 2850
Name unknown Fall 2012 Meyer Werft, Papenburg 2850

Retired Ships

Ship Years in service Tonnage1 Status as of 2007
Meridian 1990—1997 Burnt and sank at the Straits of Malacca, 1999
Horizon 1990—2005 Since 2005 Island Star for Island Cruises
Zenith 1992—2007 Since 2007 sailing for Pullmantur Cruises
1May be specified in gross tonnage (GT) or gross register tons (GRT).


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