Celebrity to deploy smaller ship in Venice

By Tom Stieghorst
Celebrity Cruises will sail five of its 10 ships in Europe next summer, but it is stationing a smaller ship in Venice, where new rules ban ships over 96,000 gross tons from parts of the lagoon.

In unveiling its 2015 European deployment, Celebrity said that its older Millennium-class Constellation will move from northern Europe to sail Mediterranean cruises from Venice.

The newer Celebrity Silhouette will leave Venice and do the Constellation’s current itineraries in the Baltic, Scandinavia and the United Kingdom.

At 122,400 gross tons, Silhouette would exceed the limit approved last year for ships transiting the Giudecca Canal on their way to Venezia Terminal Passeggeri.

The limit is scheduled to go into effect in November. The 91,000 gross ton Constellation was built in 2002 and carries 2,170 guests. Silhouette was delivered in 2011 and carries 2,886 passengers at double occupancy.

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