Celebrity unveils largest Europe season ever

Celebrity Cruises has shared a sneak preview of its itinerary plans for the summer of 2013. Speaking to an audience of travel partners in London, Celebrity president Dan Hanrahan revealed that, for the first time, joining Celebrity Eclipse in the UK will be the newly “Solsticized”Celebrity Infinity. Eclipse will continue to offer sailings from Southampton in the spring and summer of 2013, while Infinity – which emerged in December 2011 from Celebrity’s ambitious, four-ship, $140-million Solsticizing investment – will present new British Isles and Fjords sailings from Harwich, England. The summer of 2013 will mark Celebrity’s biggest season ever in Europe, with Celebrity Constellation, Celebrity Equinox, Celebrity Silhouette, and Celebrity Reflection – which debuts in October – all joining Celebrity Eclipse and Celebrity Infinity. Celebrity is also heating things up in Alaska with the 2,850-guest flagship of the Solstice Class fleet, Celebrity Solstice to offer vacations in Alaska in the summer of 2013, joining Celebrity Century and Celebrity Millennium. Rounding out Celebrity’s 2013 summer season Celebrity Summit, which just this month became the third in Celebrity’s Millennium Class fleet to complete the brand’s noted Solsticizing initiative – incorporating a host of guest-favourite venues and experiences from the Solstice Class on to the Millennium Class – will once again offer Celebrity’s Bermuda vacation experiences from the Northeast. The intimate, 96-guest Celebrity Xpedition will continue to offer vacation experiences in the Galapagos Islands. Complete details of Celebrity’s summer 2013 itineraries – including the full slate of featured destinations, cruisetours and dates of departure – will be announced when the first of the series opens for booking in early March. (