It took 10 hours, some backward maneuvering and assistance from a couple of tugboats, but Celebrity Reflection has left the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, and is on its way to the North Sea for sea trials.
The fifth ship in Celebrity Cruises‘ Solstice Class, Reflection required a little help for its conveyance — cruise-speak for this delicate process, which requires a mixture of precise planning, deft handling and a lift from Mother Nature.
On September 17, thousands of spectators lined the Ems River to watch the 1,047-foot long, 121-foot wide ship begin its journey, at speeds hovering around 4 miles per hour.
To prepare for the procedure, power lines and railroad tracks that usually run over the river were removed.
Weather conditions must be ideal for a successful conveyance. Calm winds are a must, as are high tides.
After Reflection completes sea trials, it heads to Emshaven, The Netherlands, where it will receive some final touches before it debuts in October with a nine-night Northern Europe cruise.
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