Fifth Edge-class ship ordered for Celebrity Cruises

Richard Fain, Lisa Lutoff-Perlo and Laurent Castaing at the 2018 steel-cutting for Edge 2—Celebrity Apex Richard Fain, Lisa Lutoff-Perlo and Laurent Castaing at the 2018 steel-cutting for Edge 2—Celebrity Apex

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. entered into an agreement with Chantiers de l'Atlantique for a fifth Edge-class ship for delivery in fall 2024.

'Edge class made an immediate hit with Celebrity Cruises guests and is a state-of-the-art example of technical excellence and elegant design,' RCL chairman and CEO Richard Fain said. 'We can't wait to build the next one.'

No price was reported but Seatrade's orderbook lists the prior Edge-class ship ordered at $830m.

'A brilliant partner'

'Celebrity Edge has delighted our guests and affirmed Celebrity Cruises as the leading modern luxury brand,' added president and CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo. 'Chantiers de l'Atlantique has been a brilliant partner and we look forward to creating another amazing vessel with them.'

'We are really proud and happy to have built such an outstanding relationship with our customer, based on mutual trust and driven by the spirit of innovation,' said Laurent Castaing, general manager, Chantiers de l'Atlantique. 'After the four Millennium-class ships at the beginning of 2000s and the four Edge-class ships, this is the ninth ship ordered by Celebrity Cruises at our shipyard and it will be the 24th vessel built by Chantiers de l'Atlantique and operated by RCL. This is a real testimony of the exceptional level of cooperation we reached together.'

Celebrity Apex next, in 2020

Celebrity Edge was handed over in 2018. Three other Edge-class ships were ordered earlier and are scheduled for delivery in 2020 (Celebrity Apex), 2021 and 2022. This new order is contingent upon financing.

Posted 11 April 2019

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Anne Kalosh

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