Hauppauge, NY (Vocus) April 15, 2010
After considerable speculation, Celebrity Cruises (the premium brand of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd) formally announced the deployment of its newest ship, the Celebrity “Silhouette”. As the fourth ship in Celebrity’s award-winning Solstice-class, the “Silhouette” will depart on her inaugural sailing July 23, 2011 with a 7-night cruise that will include Italy, Germany and Spain. Then, from August to mid-October 2011, she’ll continue with a series of unique 9 to 13-night Mediterranean and Holy Land cruises (round trip from Italy) which, depending on the sailing date selected and the length of the itinerary, will include several ports in Italy as well as Greece, Croatia, Egypt, Greece, Turkey, Jerusalem and / or Israel.
To Greg Coiro, CEO of Direct Line Cruises, Inc. (one of the largest cruise travel agencies in the Northeast), the second part of Celebrity Cruises announcement that was just as exciting. From November 6, 2011 to April 10 of 2012, the “Silhouette” will offer 12-night Eastern Caribbean and Southern Caribbean cruises round trip from Cape Liberty, New Jersey. The Caribbean ports of call will include St. Thomas, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, Antigua, St. Maarten, Labadee, San Juan, Nassau (Bahamas) and St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands. As Greg explains, “The port of Cape Liberty is actually located in Bayonne, New Jersey which is right across the river from the Statue of Liberty. So, it’s less than a 2-hour drive or limo ride to the pier for our clients in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut who are looking for a fabulous winter getaway.”
Prior to the November 18 cruise, the Celebrity “Silhouette” will embark on an 11-night Transatlantic “repositioning” cruise from Rome (Civitavecchia) to Cape Liberty, New Jersey with stopovers in Cagliari and Sardinia, Italy as well as Spain and Portugal. The sailing departure date is October 22, 2011. According to Greg, “The repositioning cruises are known for the exceptional value that they offer and, in addition, you only have to fly one-way to experience some of the most fascinating cities in Europe.”
Almost immediately upon receiving the news from Celebrity Cruises about the deployment of the “Silhouette”, Direct Line Cruises sent a promotional announcement to their clients (via DLC’s e-mail newsletter) offering an onboard credit of up to $200 per stateroom for advance bookings on the Celebrity “Silhouette” that are made by April 19, 2010. “Within hours, we started getting an avalanche of phone calls from people asking for more information, and some of our long-time clients booked right on the spot.” As Greg continues, “After all, there was a time when we started in business fifteen years ago that Direct Line Cruises exclusively promoted Celebrity Cruises from New York City. So, I’m not surprised that many of our most established clients would ‘jump’ at the opportunity to experience a brand new world-class Celebrity cruise ship that sails round-trip from Cape Liberty…particularly when its headed for the sunny Caribbean during the cold Northeast winter.”