Celebrity Cruises acquired two-ship cruise line Ocean Adventures. The purchase of 16-guest catamaran Athala II and 48-guest ship Eclipse means Celebrity Cruises increases capacity in Galapagos Islands by 65%.
President and chief executive of Celebrity, Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, said:
“Our guests use the most amazing words to describe their journeys to the Galapagos Islands. They tell us the experience is ‘once in a lifetime’, ‘awe-inspiring’, and even ‘life-changing’.
“That’s why we’ve made Celebrity Xpedition such a special experience, and why we are thrilled to expand our Galapagos programme with these two intimate ships. We want to make more lifetime memories.”
The two vessels join the Celebrity Cruises fleet in spring, pending the deal's closing. Until the January 2017 drydock refurbishment, the ships will offer Ocean Adventures cruising experiences.
All existing Ocean Adventures reservation commitments and bookings remain unchanged, both before and after the dry dock.
President of Ocean Adventures, Ben Dod, said:
“After 16 years of building Ocean Adventures into one of the leading operators in the Galapagos Islands, we are proud to have caught the attention of a world-class cruise company like Celebrity Cruises and proud to be part of their ambitious plans to expand in the region.
“The Eclipse and Athala II are the best vessels in their class and we are delighted that both ships will continue to deliver an unequalled level of service and experience to guests.”