Celebrity Cruises has confirmed Celebrity Eclipse will join Celebrity Solstice to homeport in Australia during the 2020/2021 summer season.
The 2,850-guest Celebrity Eclipse will be the newest ever ship to homeport in Victoria. She arrives in Melbourne fresh from a multi-million dollar modernisation on 23 December 2020 for her inaugural season, which runs until April 2021.
Celebrity Solstice will, meanwhile, continue her decade long reign in Sydney, arriving for her 20/21 season on 16 October 2020.
Vice President and Managing Director, RCL Cruises, Australia and New Zealand Susan Bonner said the decision to homeport two ships in the region is “a testament to the strength of the Australian industry, and to how popular Australia is to international and domestic tourists”.
“2020 will be a season of firsts for our Celebrity Cruises in Australia, winner of over 150 global awards. It will be the first time we base two Solstice-class ships here, the first time we homeport out of Melbourne, and Eclipse will be our first Australian ship to return completely revolutionised. These ships are truly beautiful, and their food, wine and design focus resonates so well with discerning Australian guests looking for modern luxury holidays,” Bonner said.
Following a 14-night Singapore to Sydney repositioning via Australia’s east coast and the Great Barrier Reef, Eclipse will arrive in Sydney on 8 December 2020 to sail a two-night Sampler voyage from Sydney, before departing on a 13-night cruise via New Zealand to her new Melbourne homeport. From her arrival to Victoria on 23 December, guests can choose from seven round-trip sailings from Melbourne, between eight and 14 nights to destinations in the South Pacific, New Zealand, Queensland, Tasmania and South Australia.
Two one-way, 11-night New Zealand sailings between Melbourne and Auckland will also be offered. Eclipse will finish her inaugural Australian season on 4 April 2021 with a 19-night Melbourne to Honolulu voyage.
Solstice will arrive for her 20/21 season on 16 October, 2020, following a 17-night repositioning cruise from Honolulu via Tahiti. From there she’ll embark on between two and 13 cruises to the South Pacific, New Zealand and Australia, before cruising back to Honolulu on a 19-night cruise departing 14 April 2021.
Before she makes her Melbourne debut, Eclipse will be the first ship in Australia to undergo the $700 million “Celebrity Revolution”, a modernisation of Celebrity’s nine-strong, mid-sized fleet which is already underway.
The revamp will see her accommodations, culinary program, technology and public spaces completely modernised by a formidable line-up of world-renowned experts, including famous UK interior designer Kelly Hoppen. More details of her new features to be announced in 2019. Solstice will follow her sister’s lead and undergo the modernisation in 2021.
Eclipse and Solstice are part of Celebrity Cruises’ nine-strong, mid-sized fleet, which will be joined by a revolutionary new class of ship, Celebrity Edge, at the end of the year. The brand also sails three expedition ships in the Galapagos, with new build Celebrity Flora, set to sail there in early 2019.
Collectively, the two ships will inject an estimated AUD$58 million in passenger spend alone into the Australian economy.
Celebrity Cruises will release full details of the two ships’ local itineraries when the program goes on sale on 7 November 2018.