Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Solstice Takes ‘Team Earth’ Venue to Sea

MIAMI, Dec. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Celebrity Cruises’ new Celebrity
Solstice is a vivid illustration of the brand’s commitment to delivering
extraordinary service with style, in venues boasting some of the best
architecture and design at sea. Among them is one unique not only in its
design, but perhaps more so in what it creatively communicates to Celebrity

In partnership with leading conservation organization Conservation
International, Celebrity Solstice features the Team Earth venue, an
interactive exhibit designed to capture the interest and imagination of
Celebrity guests through brilliant nature photography, museum-quality
exhibits, and digital touch-screen displays.

“This venue on Celebrity Solstice is the first in the travel and
hospitality industry to authentically illustrate how Conservation
International and partners such as Celebrity are uniting in a global program
of the same name – Team Earth,” said Celebrity’s President & CEO Dan Hanrahan.
“It’s a vivid example of our shared belief in doing all we can to preserve the
earth’s fresh water, clean air, natural resources, and rich beauty.”

Onboard Celebrity Solstice, the Team Earth venue is a dynamic and engaging
location, presenting news, inspiring films, audio clips, and compelling
stories about the wonders of the planet. Guests also can see how Celebrity
achieved the numerous energy-efficiencies that it did on Celebrity Solstice,
and how similar efforts across the fleet are significantly minimizing every
Celebrity ship’s impact on the environment. Among those initiatives:

— Celebrity Solstice is the industry’s first ship to use solar energy,
with 216 solar panels – enough to power all of the ship’s guest elevators, or
more than 7,000 LED lights.

— The hull was designed explicitly with energy efficiency in mind, with
every angle closely tested and examined to achieve optimal cruising speed,
guest comfort, and fuel consumption.

— On Celebrity Solstice, and across the fleet, a special silicon coating
has been applied to the entire underwater area to reduce frictional resistance
and trim fuel consumption. The coating also inhibits marine growth, such as
barnacles and algae on the hull, and prevents a breakdown of paint chips into
the ocean.

— Celebrity began transitioning from higher wattage halogen and
incandescent bulbs to longer-lasting fluorescent and LED lights more than a
year ago, as they generate less than 50 percent of the heat of the bulbs
previously used, resulting in reduced energy consumption and more efficient
air conditioning.

— The high-glazed glass of Celebrity Solstice’s windows reduces heat
transfer into staterooms and public areas, in turn reducing energy required
for air conditioning. The glazing still allows for natural light to enter the
ship, but filters out 99.9 percent of UV rays. Meanwhile, on the balance of
the fleet, state-of-the-art window film produced by 3M has been installed to
achieve the same benefits.

— Advanced wastewater purification (AWP) systems have been installed on
every Celebrity ship, and Celebrity Solstice has it from its inception. These
systems are capable of treating all wastewater streams onboard – including
grey and black water – and restoring it to close to drinking-water quality
before discharging.

— An innovative application across the Celebrity fleet is the use of
river rocks instead of ice beds in buffet areas, reducing both water and
energy consumption due to a lesser need for ice.

— Every ship in the Celebrity fleet also houses low-energy reverse
osmosis plants (water makers) to produce fresh drinking water. The line also
is installing reduced-flow dishwashers and low-consumption laundry equipment.

“We are thrilled that Celebrity included such an interactive, educational
space on their innovative new ship,” said Conservation International Chairman
and CEO Peter Seligmann. “The Team Earth venue offers a way for kids and
adults to learn more about the world’s oceans and marine life, as well as the
environment as a whole, in a very exciting and engaging way.”

Guests visiting the Team Earth venue will not only learn about the energy-
efficient attributes of Celebrity Solstice and the entire Celebrity fleet, but
about notable conservation efforts around the world. They also will have the
opportunity to join the Team Earth online community to receive pertinent news
and support global conservation efforts well beyond the time they return home
from their cruise, if they choose.

Conservation International (CI) applies innovations in science, economics,
policy and community participation to protect the Earth’s richest regions of
plant and animal diversity and demonstrate that human societies can live
harmoniously with nature. Founded in 1987, CI works in more than 40 countries
on four continents to help people find economic alternatives without harming
their natural environments. For more information about CI, visit

Celebrity Cruises offers comfortably sophisticated, upscale cruise
experiences with highly personalized service, exceptional dining, and
extraordinary attention to detail. Celebrity sails in Alaska, Australia/New
Zealand, California, Canada/New England, the Caribbean, Europe, Galapagos
Islands, Hawaii, the Pacific Coast, Panama Canal and South America. The line
also offers unique cruisetour vacations in Alaska, Australia, Canada, Europe
and South America. Noted for four of the top 10 “Top Cruise Ships in the
World” in the large-ship category, as voted by the readers of Conde Nast
Traveler (February 2008 readers’ poll), Celebrity’s fleet – including the new
Celebrity Solstice – will be joined by Celebrity Equinox in 2009, Celebrity
Eclipse in 2010, a fourth Solstice-class ship in 2011, and a fifth in 2012.
For more information, call your travel agent, dial 1-800-437-3111 or visit

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