STX France lays the keel for Celebrity Edge

Celebrity Edge Capt. Costas Nestoroudis places a 'lucky' coin beneath the keel Celebrity Edge Capt. Costas Nestoroudis places a 'lucky' coin beneath the keel (Photo: Bernard Biger/STX France)

The 875-ton keel block for Celebrity Edge was lowered into place in the building dock today during festivities at STX France in Saint-Nazaire.

Capt. Costas Nestoroudis was among those placing a 'lucky' coin before the block was lifted into position.

He was joined by key officials from Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., including Harri Kulovaara, evp newbuild and innovation; Xavier Leclercq, svp newbuild and innovation; Petteri Heimo, project manager, Celebrity Edge; and Kari Pihlajaniemi, director, head of newbuilding and Innovation Center.

On hand from STX France were general manager Laurent Castaing, operations svp Jean-Yves Jaouen and project manager Sebastien Le Boulluec.

The keel-laying comes less than a week from the next Celebrity Edge reveal, which will announce another major element of the ship and more of its world-class design team. The reveal is scheduled for the night of June 27 in New York.

A cover story on how Celebrity keeps its design edge is featured in the latest edition of Seatrade Cruise Review, just out.

Posted 21 June 2017

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Anne Kalosh

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