Celebrity Eclipse is to become the first ship from a major cruise line to homeport in Dublin in 2018, the cruise line has revealed.
The relocation of the Solstice-class vessel from Southampton, where it has spent the last eight years, comes as part of the Celebrity Cruises’ most significant deployment ever in the UK and Ireland.
Celebrity Silhouette will replace Eclipse in Southampton, with itineraries to Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, the Norwegian Fjords, Scandinavia and Russia, and the Canaries and Azores. A highlight of the ship’s ex-UK cruise calendar is an opportunity to attend the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Moscow, as part of a Russia sailing from Southampton in July 2018.
Before relocating to Dublin, Celebrity Eclipse will sail a farewell season from Southampton in 2017, including a special ‘Modern Luxury’ two-night sailing to Le Havre and a President’s Cruise attended by Celebrity Cruises’ president and chief executive, Lisa Lutoff-Perlo.
Two further Solstice-class ships will join Celebrity Silhouette and Celebrity Eclipse in Europe in 2018, with Celebrity Constellation set to sail out of Venice, Rome and Barcelona, while Celebrity Reflection – the cruise line’s newest ship – will sail out of Rome.