The largest cruise ship ever to be officially named in Hamburg launched in the city yesterday.

Michelle Morgan, president and CEO of Signature Travel Network, is Godmother of Celebrity Silhouette, the first travel industry executive to serve as Godmother of a Celebrity Cruises’ ship. The £500m new ship from cruise line Celebrity Cruises, Celebrity Silhouette measures in at over 315 metres long and will accommodate over 2,880 guests on its maiden voyage to Rome.

Celebrity Silhouette

Celebrity Silhouette will set sail with its first paying guests onboard when it sets sail from Hamburg tomorrow (23 July). The ship will then offer a series of cruises throughout the Holy Land and eastern Mediterranean from Civitavecchia, near Rome.

Celebrity Silhouette is the fourth of five new Solstice Class ships Celebrity Cruises has committed to build between 2008 and 2012. Read our Celebrity Silhouette Review here

Celebrity Silhouette has a number of new features, including the Lawn Club Grill – the cruise industry’s first outdoor interactive grill, The Hideaway – a high-tech tree house-like location for guests to relax inside, the Art Studio – a space where experienced and aspiring artists can participate in hands-on instruction from professionals and the Alcoves – private cabanas overlooking a real grass lawn on the top deck, offering its guests ultimate seclusion and complimentary amenities.  See video below.


 

Celebrity cruises has also announced the opening of a Bulgari boutique onboard its new ship, Celebrity Cruises’ Senior VP of Hotel Operations Lisa Lutoff-Perlo said: “Our guests tend to appreciate products that are luxurious and sophisticated, with a modern, contemporary flair, and Bulgari is renowned for consistently delivering that.”

The ship also features designer boutiques from brands such as Michael Kors, exclusive restaurants and an Apple dedicated internet café, the Celebrity iLounge, offering guests classes in using iPads and iPhones.

Later this year Celebrity Silhouette will sail to North America and offer cruises in the Caribbean throughout the winter from Cape Bayonne in New Jersey.

Prices for a fly-cruise including return flights from the UK onboard the new Celebrity Silhouette start from £1,199 for a 12-night Holy Land and eastern Mediterranean cruise.

Celebrity Silhouette ship facts and stats