In late June 2009, Cruise Critic's Managing Editor Melissa Baldwin Paloti headed to the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany for a unique sneak peek at Celebrity Equinox, the second ship in Celebrity Cruises' innovative Solstice class. As is custom for ships built here, Equinox departed the yard by being towed down the narrow River Ems -- backward!
The backward transit, known as a conveyance, is the last step for Equinox before it heads out for inspections, final sea trials, pre-launch provisioning and preview cruises for travel agents and the press. It will officially enter service in Southampton on July 31. These conveyances are a huge deal -- when sister ship Celebrity Solstice made the transit last year, some 100,000 onlookers lined the banks to check it out. The interest lies in the fact that there's something almost unnatural about a mega-ship being pulled, by its behind, down a slim strip of river, assisted by two tugs.
Her impressions? Check out our Celebrity Equinox slideshow!
Celebrity Equinox Backward Cruise: Top 10 Photos
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