Arrivals & Departures Royal Caribbean Cruises on a roll with Celebrity revamp and Azamara addition

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Celebrity Cruises’ entire fleet will be getting a $400 million revamp, while boutique sister cruise line Azamara Club Cruises is about to add a new ship to its fleet.

It's been a busy few weeks for Royal Caribbean Cruises — which owns Celebrity, Azamara and the Royal Caribbean cruise lines — with a series of announcements of big-money improvements and additions.

The company has annouced it will spend $400 million modernising the entire Celebrity Cruises fleet.

Its improvement program has already begun with the introduction of new ship Celebrity Edge and will continue from 2019 through to 2023 with a complete refurbishment of its Millennium and Solstice class ships.

Celebrity Cruises president and chief executive Lisa Lutoff-Perlo said the staterooms wouldn’t just be redesigned, but torn down and rebuilt.

Each room will be reimagined to maximise storage and efficiency, while 11,579 new cashmere mattresses will be added.

Suite guests will enjoy a new retreat sundeck and access to a revitalised lounge.

Celebrity Constellation, Infinity, Millenium and Summit will get a new OceanView Cafe with “globally influenced menus and a sleeker, more whimsical ambience”.

Meanwhile, Azamara Club Cruises has announced it will buy a sister ship to Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest, to be delivered in March next year.

Azamara Pursuit will be similar in size to its sister ships and be able to access the same smaller ports.

The ship’s decor will be updated to match the renovations recently completed aboard Journey and Quest.

(At top: Celebrity Solstice. Picture by Richard Birch.)

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