Celebrity Cruises has delayed the refit and refurbishment of Celebrity Eclipse until March, 2021 for reasons of “operational efficiency” and will contact affected passengers to re-book them.
According to a statement from the cruise line, the other three ships scheduled for ‘Celebrity Revolution’ refurbishments in 2020 will go ahead as planned.
“Through 2023, Celebrity Cruises has dedicated more than US $500-million toward a fleetwide modernisation effort known as ‘The Celebrity Revolution’,” said a spokesperson for Celebrity Cruises.
“As part of this effort, four ships were scheduled to complete ‘Revolutionary’ modernisations in 2020, including Celebrity Eclipse. Due to operational efficiencies, the brand is rescheduling the dry dock of Celebrity Eclipse,” the spokesperson added.
Celebrity Eclipse was meant to go into drydock for her refit on October 27, 2020. Instead, she will begin her refurbishment on March 7th, 2021.
The work is expected to take a month, meaning that a full four weeks of cruises in March and April, 2021 will need to be cancelled.
Celebrity Cruises apologised for the inconvenience the schedule change has caused and is in the process of contacting affected passengers to re-accommodate them.
The rescheduled refurbishment means that Celebrity Eclipse will be going into drydock a year after the cruise line’s new Edge-class ship Celebrity Apex is launched, which will give Celebrity the added capacity needed to withdraw Eclipse from service for a month.
The reschedule also means that passengers have more time next year to enjoy the 2,850-passenger Solstice-class vessel. Celebrity Cruises has added two new cruise itineraries in Asia for 2020.
Both will sail roundtrip from Singapore and call in Vietnam and Thailand, there will also be three new 2021 sailings, including a visit to the Great Barrier Reef out of Melbourne; a sailing to Vietnam, Taiwan and Japan; and a Japan and Bering Sea transpacific sailing out of Tokyo.
The upcoming refurbishments to Celebrity Silhouette (January), Celebrity Constellation (April) and Celebrity Infinity (October/November) aren’t affected.
Celebrity Cruises haven’t said exactly what will be done to Celebrity Eclipse during her refit, but based on the refurbishment of sister ship Celebrity Equinox we can assume that she will get a new Retreat Sundeck and Retreat Lounge, as well as the line’s popular Le Petit Chef experience and an all-new Craft Social bar.
All the ship’s public spaces and staterooms are likely to be refreshed with new soft furnishings, or stripped right back and redesigned.