Celebrity Cruises was created by Chandris Lines as a separate luxury cruise line, initially using Chandris's
Galileo, which was renamed Meridian after she was rebuilt. She was joined by the new ships Horizon and Zenith
in 1990 and 1992.
In 1989 there was a need in the Cruise Industry for a luxury product at a decent price.
Chandris wanted to establish a worldwide standard for cruising but the company was determined to set a new,
worldwide standard for cruising.
Exceptional Cuisine and all its facets became the mainstay of the Celebrity Cruise experience. Master Chefs
serve as the line's revered culinary and wine consultants since its founding.
In 1995 Celebrity introduced the so called Century Class Fleet with an Industry first: Luxurious Spa Experiences.
In 1997, Celebrity Cruises merged with Royal Caribbean International, bringing together two extraordinary
cruise brands within one corporation, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Today Royal Caribbean uses 29 Cruise Liners.
Cruising has become so popular that from 2000 to 2002 Royal Caribbean doubled its passenger capacity. Its
newest ships use gas turbine engines reducing exhaust emissions by 95% and have become traveling art shows
as well. They boast original paneling and artifacts from famous transatlantic luxury liners.
In 2001, building on the strengths of both the Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises brands,Royal
Celebrity Tours was started to offer truly unique vacations in Alaska, Canada and Europe, combining outstanding
cruises with exceptional pre- or post-cruise land tour packages now known as "cruisetours."
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