Celebrity Cruises has announced a Celebrity Silhouette UK cruise season for 2021, with the ship due to begin her roundtrip cruise itineraries from Southampton on July 3rd.
Celebrity Cruises had previously announced that it would be homeporting in the UK for the summer this year, but didn’t reveal details about the ship or itineraries.
Now the cruise line has revealed that Celebrity Silhouette will sail a series of 6- and 8-night itineraries from Southampton, visiting Portland, Inverness, Kirkwall and Glasgow, as well as Belfast and Liverpool.
The Celebrity Silhouette UK cruise season will go on sale on April 6th, but these itineraries will only be available to guests who are fully vaccinated (if they’re older than 18. Guests younger than 18 will require a negative PCR test.
And, due to ongoing UK government restrictions on international travel, the Celebrity Silhouette UK cruise season is also only available for booking by UK residents.
In a statement, Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President & CEO, Celebrity Cruises, described the UK as having one of the world’s most beautiful and impressive coastlines.
“We’re delighted to be returning to Southampton after over a year away. We are truly committed to the UK market and can’t wait to welcome guests back onboard,” she said.
“What could be better than a new luxury ship, ready to take guests on a journey around one of the world’s most beautiful and impressive coastlines? Not only is this extremely significant to us as a business, but also to efforts to boost the UK’s local tourism industry,” she added.
Jo Rzymowska, Vice President & Managing Director, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Celebrity Cruises, said the 2021 Celebrity Silhouette UK cruise season was made possible by the unwavering support of the cruise line’s partners.
“We are excited to offer guests the chance to reconnect at sea with family and friends and to make up for all those missed celebrations,” said Rzymowska. “I cannot thank our UK travel partners enough for their unwavering support throughout this unprecedented time. We can’t wait to welcome our mutual guests onboard Celebrity Silhouette.”
This won’t be Celebrity Silhouette’s first season in the UK, she homeported in Britain for the summer, 2019 season, sailing to the Mediterranean and Northern Europe from Southampton.
The 122,000-gross ton ship carries 2,852 passengers, but will sail with reduced capacity, giving passengers more space to enjoy her 8 restaurants and 12 cafes and bars, as well as the theatre, casino, night club, spa, kids clubs and plenty of other amenities.
The ship was launched in 2011, but completed a major refit and refurbishment after a decade in service in March last year.
The refit introduced The Retreat all-inclusive area for suite guests that includes an exclusive 24-hour lounge with complimentary beverages and concierge services, as well as a new dining venue, Craft Social, which offers more than 40 craft beers, wine and cocktails on tap.
A new cocktail bar was also introduced, and the existing Lawn Club, Sunset Bar and Fitness Centre have been updated, along with all other public areas and cabins across the ship, which got new soft furnishings and repairs. The ship’s staterooms received new Xhale bedding, which offer a more comfortable night’s sleep.