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Celebrity Eclipse, The First Dedicated UK Ship from Celebrity Cruises

LONDON, ENGLAND -- (Marketwire) -- 03/19/09 -- Continuing ship investment to markets outside mainland North America, Celebrity Cruises ( announces that Celebrity Eclipse, the third-ship in the new Solstice class, and the first to sail for a full season from Southampton. The five-star contemporary ship, uniquely designed with interiors by Tihany Design, offers five different European and Mediterranean cruising itineraries from April 2010 designed for travellers who prefer to depart from the UK.

In response to demand for new destinations and varying cruise lengths, Celebrity Eclipse will offer 26 cruises, a combination of short and longer itineraries. With sailings from four-night taster cruises to Cork and 16-night Eastern Mediterranean cruises. The first season of Celebrity Eclipse features new ports of call for Celebrity Cruises including Toulon (Provence), Cagliari (Sardinia) and Malaga (Spain). Plus, the 2010 summer season of Celebrity Eclipse also includes overnight stays in Palma de Mallorca on a 14-night Spanish Mediterranean cruise, and St Petersburg and Copenhagen on a 14-night Scandinavia and Russia cruise.

In summer 2010 Celebrity Cruises will base all three of its new Solstice-class ships in the European region as the brand seeks to continue growth outside North America. Sister ships Celebrity Solstice and Celebrity Equinox will operate from Civitavecchia (Rome) and synonymous to Celebrity Cruises, guests can enjoy lawn sports whilst at sea on the real grass lawn onboard any of the Solstice-class ships.

Robin Shaw, vice president and managing director, Celebrity Cruises, UK and Ireland explained:

"We have steadily seen a greater proportion of guests choosing Celebrity Cruises as a real alternative to traditional cruising. With the commitment of a dedicated ship from Southampton, we are hoping to see a continued rise in this trend. In bringing such a contemporary ship into the market, it is our clear aim to make Celebrity Cruises one of the major players in the British and Irish cruise industry".

To view more details of Celebrity Eclipse sailing from Southampton visit:

Celebrity Cruises
0845 456 0523

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