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Friday, July 1, 2011

Mind the gap! Luxury liner squeezes through tiny waterway in Holland


Mind the gap: £500m Luxury cruise liner squeezes out of tiny waterway to begin life on the ocean wave

  • Ship is longer than three football pitches and had less than 1.5 metres manoeuvring-room in places
  • In places the 36.88 metre wide ship passed though gaps of only 38.09 metres
Last updated at 12:50 PM on 1st July 2011
    This £500m, 319-metre luxury cruise liner was not built to navigate narrow canals - and that is the reason why it took 12 hours to complete a 26-mile journey.
At times there was manoeuvring room of only 5 feet as it slowly made its way from Meyer-Werft port in Papenburg to Eemshaven in Holland, but it was the first time Celebrity Silhouette - which weighs 122,400 tons, can sleep 2,886 passengers and is longer than three football pitches - has been seen on the water.
Captain Dimitrios Kafetzis earned his money for expertly guiding the huge, multi-million pound boat on tiny waterways on the Ems River yesterday, which will probably be the narrowest the liner will have to negotiate in its career.

Easy does it: The 319 metre cruise liner squeezes through a narrow gap on its 26-mile journey to Eemshaven harbour
Easy does it: The 319 metre cruise liner squeezes through a narrow gap on its 26-mile journey to Eemshaven harbour
Give us a tug: The luxury boat is pulled along the Ems River before being put though her paces in the North Sea
Give us a tug: The luxury boat is pulled along the Ems River before being put though her paces in the North Sea
There were plenty of tight squeezes and locks to edge through - in places the 36.88 metre wide ship passed though gaps of only 38.09 metres - and the huge vessel even had to travel on an aqueduct over an autobahn.
In order for Celebrity Silhouette - helped by tugboats and travelling at just 4mph - to complete the perilous journey, German and Dutch authorities had to remove a number of power lines and railway tracks en route.
The timing of the trip was important, too, as it had to take place at high tide in order that the hull would not scrape along the river bottom.
The Celebrity Silhouette, which took two years to make, is the fourth of a fleet of five Solstice Class ships to be built by Celebrity Cruises and will remain in the port at Eemshaven, bar some test trips in the North Sea, until it drives back to Germany, when it will be formally named, in Hamburg, on July 21.
No margin for error: Captain Dimitrios Kafetzis earned his money for expertly guiding the huge, multi-million pound boat on the tiny Dutch waterways
No margin for error: Captain Dimitrios Kafetzis earned his money for expertly guiding the huge, multi-million pound boat on the tiny Dutch waterways
Fleet: One of four similar boats, Celebrity Silhouette's official maiden voyage will be on July 23 when it will set sail from Hamburg to Rome (Civitavecchia)
Fleet: One of four similar boats, Celebrity Silhouette's official maiden voyage will be on July 23 when it will set sail from Hamburg to Rome (Civitavecchia)

WHAT MAKERS CELEBRITY CRUISES SAY ABOUT CELEBRITY SILHOUETTE

'She'll have all the best-loved Solstice Class features - and some new ones. 
'Chic changes to Celebrity's iconic Lawn Club give you more opportunities to relax, eat, drink and socialise in the fresh air.
'Unwind in your own cabana-styled haven, The Alcoves. Inside, go on a culinary adventure in Qsine where you order food and wine from an iPad menu.
'Excitement brews with up to 50 international craft beers in the enhanced Michael’s Club.
'We've created an extraordinary vacation experience. Again.'
The cruise liner boasts a number of exclusive new features, including the Lawn Club Grill - the industry's first outdoor, interactive grill.
On board there is also The Hideaway, a high-tech location reminiscent of a childhood treehouse for guests to relax inside, as well as The Alcoves - a luxurious, private cabanas overlooking the ship's lush lawn on the top deck amid immense views of the sea.
 
In addition there is and the Art Studio - a space where experienced and aspiring artists can participate in hands-on instruction from experts in drawing, beading, sculpting and painting. 
The ship also features top-tier designer boutiques, exclusive restaurants and the hip Celebrity iLounge, offering guests classes on the use of iPads and iPhones, among other products, which also are available for sale through Celebrity's industry-first Authorised Apple Reseller status.
Celebrity Silhouette's official maiden voyage will be on July 23 when it will set sail from Hamburg to Rome (Civitavecchia).
The boat will be based in Rome, and conduct her journeys from there.
On offer will be 12-night round trip cruises to the Holy Land through the summer, which will set you back a cool £1,349 per person.
And, later in the year, there are 12-night Caribbean cruise round trips from Cape Liberty, New Jersey, beginning in November.

 

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