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Four Solstice & two ‘Solsticized’ ships for 2012/13 Caribbean

Four Solstice & two ‘Solsticized’ ships for 2012/13 Caribbean
Celebrity Cruises’ four newest ships and two ‘Solsticized’ vessels will operate Caribbean programs from November 2012 through April 2013.

Earlier this week, Celebrity told its Captain’s Club loyalty program members that the first full season for its fifth Solstice-class ship, Celebrity Reflection, currently under construction, will be in the Caribbean.

Three other Solstice-class ships will also offer regional itineraries, along with Celebrity Constellation, retrofitted with Solstice features in 2010, and Celebrity Summit, to be ‘Solsticized’ in early 2012.

Captain’s Club members get the first crack at Celebrity Reflection’s inaugural Caribbean voyages, as well as at a nine-night Northern Europe debut cruise, a pair of Mediterranean sailings and one trans-Atlantic voyage that will precede the ship’s naming plus an additional three-night Caribbean inaugural debut cruise.

The booking window for Captain’s Club members opened yesterday and will be available through April 19. Bookings will open to the general public on April 20, along with the full line-up of Caribbean bookings.

That same winter, Celebrity also will offer a full season of cruises in Hawaii and the Panama Canal, along with a 13th season of South America cruises (see separate story in Headlines). These will open for booking on April 21.

Celebrity Reflection will sail round-trip from Miami on alternating seven-night Eastern Caribbean itineraries, departing Saturdays.

Celebrity Silhouette, which debuts in Europe later this year, will offer alternating seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries from Fort Lauderdale on Sundays. New to this itinerary in 2012/13 will be a fresh Western Caribbean lineup, as calls at Roatán and Costa Maya will be replaced by Labadee and the newly opened Falmouth in Jamaica.

From Fort Lauderdale, Celebrity Eclipse will sail round-trip 14-night Southern Caribbean voyages while Celebrity Equinox will present 10- and 11-night ‘Ultimate Caribbean’ itineraries.

From San Juan, Celebrity Summit will operate seven-night Southern Caribbean cruises with two alternating itineraries, departing Saturdays.

Celebrity Constellation’s four- and five-night cruises will sail round-trip from Miami.