All aboard: Leana Anderson, Sue Vogl, Kyoko Purvis and Katherine Young of Maritime Travel.
Susie Wilkinson and Chris Styles of Expedia Cruise Ship Centers North Shore check out the Eclipse’s pool area.
Is it the captain? No, it’s Andrea Guiler of Expedia Cruise Ship Centers Coquitlam.
Rob Houston of TPI Langley takes on the world.
Some 100 excited agents boarded the Celebrity Eclipse for a VIP ship tour this weekend during the Solstice Class ship’s inaugural sailing into Vancouver.
The arrival of the Eclipse, which is operating weekly cruises to Alaska, marks the first time the cruise line has positioned one of its Solstice Class ships in the city.
“We really want to introduce our Solstice Class ships to the travel professionals in Vancouver,” explained Brenda Lynne Yeomans, Celebrity Cruises strategic market manager for Canada. “Placing a Solstice Class ship in Vancouver shows our confidence in our travel partners -- that they’re able to sell a much larger ship on a regular basis out of their own backyard. They have been asking for us to move a Solstice Class ship here for many years now, so this dream is finally realized.”
However, it’s soon to be all-change for the Eclipse, as the ship will go into dry dock in Singapore on 21NOV, 2020, to be transformed into an ‘Edge’ class ship, as part of the cruise line’s $500 million ‘Celebrity Revolution’ fleet overhaul. Every ship in the fleet will be modernized by 2023.
Changes to the Eclipse will include:
A hot tub on The Retreat Sundeck
The Retreat Lounge replacing Michael’s Club
New stateroom technology,
New veranda & pool furniture
Craft Social replacing Gastrobar
An enhanced lawn club with six new alcoves & an outdoor movie screen
Refreshed seating area in the Passport Bar
Le Petit Chef featuring Tablemation
“After touring the Eclipsein Vancouver, our agents can now have the confidence to sell all five of our Solstice Class ships -- wherever they are in the world -- knowing that their customers will be sailing in modern luxury with world class service,” added Yeomans.
“The Celebrity Eclipsereally is perfect in every way as she is now, so we wanted the agents to see this – and then wonder -- how we could possibly make it even better!”
The Celebrity Eclipse docks at Canada Place, Vancouver.
Vickie Sam Paget Western Correspondent
Hailing from the UK, Vickie Sam Paget is a travel and tourism storyteller located in Vancouver, BC. When she’s not on the road, creating engaging travel content or gazing at the North Shore Mountains, you can usually find her curled up with a good book or sipping a pint of the good stuff in her local Irish bar.