Celebrity Cruises will add two environmentally designed cruise ships to their fleet beginning 2018.
With a pressing focus on cruise operators to increase their sustainability and environmental obligations, a growing number of improvements are being made in areas such as waste, sewage and water quality in the passenger cruise industry.
Royal Carribbean Cruises, the owner of Celebrity Cruises announced the signing of a letter of intent between Celebrity and French shipbuilder STX France for two 2,900-guest, 117,000-gross-registered-ton ships, developed under the project name Edge. The new vessels will build upon the modern luxury brand’s Millennium and Solstice class vessels.
The new ships will feature an environmentally friendly design, benefiting from new technologies to drive significant fuel efficiency and an ongoing process to ensure the extensive use of sustainable materials.
Celebrity Cruises environmental efforts to date include placing an Environmental Officer onboard every ship, receiving certification to international environmental management standard ISO 14001, installing smokeless gas turbine engines on eight ships, investing in state-of-the-art wastewater treatment technologies, such as Advanced Wastewater Purification (AWP) systems, to reduce its impact on the environment, as well as a number of environmental sustainability initiatives.
The first of the ships will be delivered in the second half of 2018, with the second vessel expected for delivery during the early part of 2020.