Celebrity Constellation is a sister ship to Celebrity Infinity, Celebrity Millenium and Celebrity Summit (the Millenium-class ships). Jon Bannenberg, the famous mega-yacht designer, dreamed up the exterior featuring a royal blue
and white hull, and racy lines in red, blue and gold – although it has turned out to look quite ungainly. This is the fopurth Celebrity Cruises ship to be fitted with the “pod” propulsion system coupled with quiet, smokeless, energy effecient gas turbine power plant (two GE gas turbines provide engine power while a single GE steam turbine drives the electricity generators).
Celebrity Constellation in Castries, St. Lucia on November 25, 2010. Photo: Dex Sularte
|Cruise Line:||Celebrity Cruises|
|Entered Service:||May 2002|
|Original Cost:||$350 million|
|Builder:||Chantiers de l’Atlantique (France)|
|Gross Tonnage||90,228 tons|
Extracted from the Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships 2010 http://www.berlitzpublishing.com/
Celebrity Cruises was the brainchild of Harry H. Haralambopoulos and brothers John and Michael Chandris, the London-based Greek cargo ship owners and operators of the former Chandris Lines and Chandris Cruises. In 1989, as the cruise industry was gaining momentum, they determined to create a newer, better cruise line with new ships, larger and more standard cabins and focusing more on food and service in the European tradition.
Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships 2010