Celebrity Eclipse

Celebrity Eclipse is a Solstice-class cruise ship, operated by Celebrity Cruises. She is the sister ship of Celebrity Solstice, Celebrity Equinox and Celebrity Silhouette. Celebrity Eclipse measures 122,000 GT and carries 2,852 passengers (double occupancy) plus crew.[4]

Celebrity Eclipse leaving Southampton in September 2013
Name: Celebrity Eclipse
Owner: Celebrity Eclipse Inc.[1]
Operator: Celebrity Cruises
Port of registry:
Ordered: 14 July 2006[1][3]
Builder: Meyer Werft, Papenburg, Germany[4]
Cost: US$750 million
Yard number: 677[5]
Laid down: 23 January 2009[4]
Launched: 28 February 2010[6]
Christened: 24 April 2010 at Southampton by Emma Pontin[7]
Acquired: 15 April 2010[2]
Maiden voyage: 29 April 2010[8]
Status: In service[2]
General characteristics
Class and type: Solstice-class cruise ship
Tonnage: 121,878 GT[1]
Length: 317.14 m (1,040 ft 6 in)[1]
Beam: 36.80 m (120 ft 9 in)[1]
Draft: 8.30 m (27 ft 3 in)[1]
Decks: 17 decks[2]
Installed power:
Speed: 24 knots (44 km/h; 28 mph)[4]
Capacity: 2,850 passengers[4]
Crew: approx. 1,271

The ship's godmother is Emma Pontin.[9]

Design and construction

The keel of the Celebrity Eclipse was laid on 14 February 2007 and she was floated out of her drydock on 28 February 2010.[4][6]

Celebrity Eclipse is the third Solstice-class ship, preceded by Celebrity Solstice and Celebrity Equinox. Solstice-class ships are designed to save energy, equipped with photovoltaic system, an optimized hull design, highly efficient hull coatings and lighting system using light emitting diodes,[10] and are said to use only 70% of the energy consumed by other ships of their kind.[10]

The ship is scheduled to undergo a dry dock in April 2020.[11]


The facilities on Celebrity Eclipse include swimming pools, a casino, a theatre, shops, a library and an art gallery.[12]

2010 Iceland volcanic eruption

In response to the 2010 shutdown of UK airspace due to the eruption of Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull volcano, the newly completed Eclipse returned 2,000 British tourists stranded in Spain as "an act of goodwill" by the owners, sailing from Southampton to Bilbao on April 21 and returning on April 23.[13]

2011 crew member overboard incident

On 20 May 2011 a 31-year-old crew member was lost overboard 12 km north of Cherbourg, France; despite an extensive search the man's body was not recovered.[14]

Allegations of poor working conditions

In October 2012 Channel 4 TV aired a Dispatches undercover documentary that exposed poor working conditions and exploitation of workers on Celebrity Eclipse.[15] Allegations include flying under a flag of convenience to enable the ship owners to be unconstrained by employment legislation, including minimum wages and working hours. The documentary showed footage of workers who had no rest days in many months, and workers who had to pay helpers to enable them to fulfil their duties. Celebrity Cruises denied the allegations in the documentary.


  1. "Celebrity Eclipse (27760)". DNV GL Vessel Register. Det Norske Veritas. Retrieved 2013-06-24.
  2. http://www.meyerwerft.de/en/meyerwerft_de/medien/presseticker/pressemitteilung_detail_4637.jsp
  3. Solstice class cruise ship
  4. "Keel-laying of Celebrity Eclipse". Cruise Business Review. Cruise Media Oy Ltd. 23 January 2009. Retrieved 26 January 2009.
  5. Asklander, Micke. "M/S Celebrity Eclipse (2010)". Fakta om Fartyg (in Swedish). Retrieved 26 January 2009.
  6. "Celebrity ECLIPSE leaves building dock". Meyerwerft website. 28 February 2010. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 28 February 2010.
  7. Celebrity Cruises' New Celebrity Eclipse to be Named by Courageous Ocean-Racing Yachtswoman. Press Release. Celebrity Cruises. 12 April 2010. Retrieved 22 May 2010
  8. Celebrity Eclipse Cruise
  9. Launch of Celebrity Cruises' Newest ship 'Eclipses" Others Newest Solstice Class ship named by courageous yachtswoman Emma Pontin. Press Release. Celebrity Cruises. 26 April 2010. Retrieved 22 May 2010
  10. Delivery of Celebrity ECLIPSE. Meyerwerft website. 15 April 2010. Archived 25 February 2012
  11. "Cruise Ship Dry Dock/Upgrade Schedules for Cruise Lines in 2018-2023". cruisefever.net. Retrieved 2018-08-07.
  12. http://www.tradingmarkets.com/news/press-release/rcl_celebrity-cruises-to-present-celebrity-ilounge-on-celebrity-solstice-and-celebrity-summit-891402.html%5B%5D
  13. Jo Palmer (22 April 2010) "Stranded tourists return from Bilbao on Eclipse cruise ", BBC. Retrieved April 23, 2010
  14. "Cruise ship worker feared dead after English Channel fall". BBC News. 21 May 2011.
  15. Dispatches, C4 October 2012 "Cruise Operator Launches Investigation After Dispatches Expos", Channel 4

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