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.