Celebrity Equinox Celebrates 15 Years in Service

Celebrity Equinox

The second ship in Celebrity Cruises’ Solstice class, the Celebrity Equinox, is completing 15 years in service in July.

Following the 2008-built Celebrity Solstice, the 2,850-guest vessel was constructed at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.

After transiting the River Ems in late June, the Equinox was officially delivered to Celebrity Cruises on July 16, 2009.

Nearly two weeks later, the vessel was named during a formal event at the port of Southampton, England.

Nina Barough, CBE (Commander of the British Empire) and founder of the breast cancer charity “Walk the Walk,” was chosen as the godmother of the Celebrity Equinox for the ceremony, which took place on July 30, 2009.

The vessel then entered revenue service the following day, embarking from Southampton on an eight-night cruise to the Norwegian Fjords.

After the voyage, the Celebrity Equinox repositioned to the Mediterranean, where it spent most of its inaugural season.

Later in 2009, the vessel crossed the Atlantic for the first time before an inaugural winter season in the Caribbean.

For its 16th summer program, the Celebrity Equinox is back in the Mediterranean. After arriving in Europe earlier this year, the vessel offers nine- and ten-night itineraries departing from Spain and Italy.

In November, the ship will mark Celebrity Cruises’ debut in Port Canaveral with a new program out of the homeport in Central Florida.

The seasonal operation extends through late April and includes a series of 20 three- to seven-night cruises to destinations such as the Bahamas, Belize, Grand Cayman, Mexico, San Juan and St. Maarten.

After an additional summer program in the Mediterranean in 2025, the Equinox is set to make its debut in South America for the 2025-26 winter season.

Extensively refurbished over the years, the ship underwent a major modernization in 2019 as part of the Celebrity Revolution program.

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