Celebrity Cruises: fifth Edge-class ship under construction

Celebrity Cruises: fifth Edge-class ship under construction


June 15, 2024 – Two days ago, construction officially began on Celebrity Xcel, the fifth ship in Celebrity Cruises’ award-winning Edge class. The premium shipping company, which is part of the Royal Caribbean Group, is having the cruise ship built byn the French shipyard Chantiers de l'Atlantique in Saint-Nazaire.

With the laying of the keel of the Celebrity Xcel, high-ranking representatives of the shipping company and the shipyard celebrated the start of construction of the fifth ship in the Edge class. This means that the first 739-ton steel block of the Celebrity Xcel was lifted into the construction dock and laid down there. The Celebrity Ascent, the last ship in the Edge class to be commissioned, is 327 meters long and has a gross tonnage of 140.600. With these dimensions, the shipping company's last cruise ship far surpasses the Celebrity Edge.

First steel block of the Celebrity Xcel

First steel block of the Celebrity Xcel - Photo©tangi_le_bigot


With the new build, Celebrity Cruises is taking a first step towards climate neutrality. The Xcel is the first Celebrity Cruises ship that is methanol-capable. The engines are able to use three types of fuel - including methanol. This fuel flexibility represents an important milestone on the way to the Net Zero goal, a vision of CO2-neutral cruises by 2050.

Celebrity Apex - second ship of the Edge class

Celebrity Apex – second ship of the Edge class


There is still a lot of time until then. Unless unexpected events occur, the Celebrity Xcel will make its debut in the Caribbean in November 2025. Eight-day cruises will depart from Fort Lauderdale/Port Everglades every Sunday. One route takes you to Puerto Plata (Dominican Republic), Charlotte Amalie (Saint Thomas/US Virgin Islands) and Philipsburg, the capital of Sint MaartenOn another route, Celebrity guests travel to Bimini (Bahamas), Cozumel (Mexico) and George Town, the capital of the Cayman Islands. The cruises can be booked now.

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