GTS Celebrity Constellation, Past and Present

GTS  Celebrity Constellation

ex Constellation

© Carsten Dettmer

© Carsten Dettmer

Steel twin “pod” propulsion gas turbine vessel, built in 2002 by Chantiers de l’Antique, St. Nazaire, France (Yard No U31) for Celebrity Cruises, Monrovia. 

Technical Data

  •  Cost: $350 million
  • Length on deck: 964.5m (overall)
  • Breadth of hull: 32.2m (extreme)
  • Draught: 8.0m (maximum)
  • Tonnage: 90,280 gross/11,928 deadweight
  • Engines: Two General Electric Gas Turbine coupled to two Rolls-Royce Mermaid-POD
  • Propulsion: Gas turbine/2 azimuthing pods (39,000kW)
  • Speed: 24 knots
  • Capacity: 2038 passengers
  • Passenger decks: 11
  • Crew: 999
  • Navigation Officers: Greek
  • Call Sign: C6FV2
  • IMO Number: 9192399
  • Registry: Monrovia, Nassau
  • Sister Ships: Iinfinity,Millenium, Summit


October 31st 2001: Launched.

© Aleksi Lindström  © Aleksi Lindström

© Aleksi Lindström (both)

© Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton

May 2002 :Delivered to Celebrity Cruises , Monrovia, Liberia

May 13th 2002: Maiden cruise from Barcelona and is a sister ship to INFINITY, MILLENNIUM and SUMMIT (the Millennium-class ships). Jon Bannenberg, the famous mega-yacht designer, dreamed up the exterior featuring a royal blue and white hull, the racy lines in red, blue and gold – although it has turned out to look extremely ungainly….. This is the fourth Celebrity Cruises ship to be fitted with the “pod” propulsion system (and controllable pitch propellers) coupled with a quiet, smoke-less , energy-efficient gas turbine power plant (two GE gas turbines provide engine power while a single GE steam turbine drives the electricity generators).

2003: Changed port of registry to Nassau in the Bahamas and is currently calling at Dover whilst engaged on Baltic, European and Mediterranean Cruises.

2004 (end): Colour scheme alteration similar with the remainder of the fleet.

© Aleksi Lindström  © Aleksi Lindström

© Aleksi Lindström

© Aleksi Lindström (all)

© Nigel Thornton  © Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton (both)

© Brian Fisher

© Brian Fisher

July 28th 2007: Renamed CELEBRITY CONSTELLATION.

© Robert Smith  © Robert Smith

© Robert Smith (both)

January 28th 2008: Registered to Constellation Inc, Valletta, Malta, management Celebrity Cruises.

All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Carsten Dettmer, Brian Fisher, Aleksi Lindström and Robert Smith for their assistance in producing this feature.

Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)

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