In November STX France was thankful for the order for a fourth Oasis Class ship as confirmed in May 2014 following the cancellation of the planned LNG newbuild for Brittany Ferries. However, better news was announced on 4th December when Celebrity Cruises unveiled the signing of a letter of intent for a new class of vessel.
The two 2,900-guest capacity, 117,000gt ships, developed under the project name EDGE, will build upon the modern luxury experience of the brand’s Millennium and Solstice class vessels. Project EDGE will deliver small ship itineraries with large ship amenities and each vessel will also represent a significant leap forward in environmentally friendly ship design, benefitting from new technologies to drive significant fuel efficiency and an ongoing process to ensure the extensive use of sustainable materials. The company expects delivery of the first ship in autumn 2018, with the second vessel delivered in the early part of 2020. The order is dependent upon the completion of customary conditions, including financing.