Today, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., the parent company of Celebrity Cruises, announced that Pullmantur's MV Blue Moon
(nee MV R7
of Renaissance Cruises) transfer to the Celebrity fleet as MV Celebrity Quest
in the fall of 2007, following sister MV Blue Dream
(nee MV R6
), which will become MV Celebrity Journey
in the spring of 2007.
The company previously announced that MV Celebrity Journey
will assume the Bermuda schedule of MV Zenith
, which will go to Pullmantur in the spring of 2006. The press release
says that both vessels will beocme part of the "Celebrity Expeditions" program, offering sailings to more exotic destinations and ports of call that cannot accommodate larger vessels. It appears that MV Celebrity Journey
will spend the winter season in Brazil (the Amazon???), the Chilean fjords, and Antarctica while MV Celebrity Quest
will spend the winter season calling at more exotic ports of the Caribbean, including St. Barts, Guadeloupe, and the Turks & Caicos, that cannot accommodate larger vessels, followed by several transits of the Panama Canal that will call at "some of the most exotic destinations in Colombia, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama."
Before these ships enter service for Celebrity Cruises, they are going to a shipyard for a month for significant modifications. The following paragraphs of the press release describe the reconfiguraton and the level of amenities and service that these vessels will provide.
Originally Posted by The Company's Press Release
Unique to Celebrity Journey and Celebrity Quest will be a more exclusive guest experience, with two specialty restaurants, 15 classes of accommodations, butler service and concierge amenities in every stateroom and suite, and expanded spa services, including in-room offerings.
Both Celebrity Journey and Celebrity Quest will undergo a combined $35-million revitalization during separate one-month drydock periods to incorporate 32 new suites on each ship, entirely new bedding and soft goods, and a variety of Celebrity's most popular signature elements, including the Martini Bar, Cova Cafe, Sushi Cafe, Michael's Club jazz/piano bar, casino, Boutique C, AquaSpa by Elemis, Acupuncture at Sea and Online@Celebrity.
Many of the facilities described in this paragraph already exist (it's pretty obvious that the existing internet cafe will become Online@Celebrity and that the existing spa will become Celebrity's Aquaspa by Elemis(R), for example), but the new suites reflect a major reconfiguration of the aft half of Deck 8. The shipyard will convert three balcony cabins into two suites in this area, which is a significant reconfiguration requiring relocation of plumbing, wiring, and internal bulkheads, so forty-eight standard cabins will vanish. The existing cabins with aft balconies, however, will remain as they are. (The plans are not viewable on line as I write this due to an apparent malfunction in Celebrity's redesigned web site.)
Now, I'm eager to learn what Celebrity plans to do with the pair of specialty restaurants on Deck 10!