Visiting the shipyard of cruise ship builders is one of the most unique experiences for any aficionado –- but it's typically an experience that's off-limits to regular travelers. Until now! Celebrity Cruises' "Eclipse of a Lifetime" sweepstakes will offer 10 lucky winners the chance to sail away on Celebrity Eclipse, the line's new-build, when it departs from Germany's Meyer Werft shipyard on or around March 13.
Sweepstakes winners will be privy to a number of firsts –- starting with a behind-the-scenes tour of the shipyard that will focus on construction of the cruise line's fourth, and as yet unnamed, Solstice-class ship. And, as well, according to Celebrity's announcement, these folks (and their guests) will be the first "to have exclusive, up-close-and-personal views of the construction process of Celebrity's fourth Solstice Class ship in Germany at Meyer Werft, first to nestle into the ship's AquaClass staterooms, first to sample the ship's innovative cuisine."
The proverbial cake's icing to top this experience is that these folks will also be aboard as Celebrity Eclipse makes its way from Meyer Werft's Papenberg, Germany to Emshaven – backwards! (Curious about the journey? Check out Cruise Critic's crazy backwards cruise chronicle of Celebrity Equinox' similar trip last summer).
The sweepstakes officially begins Monday, December 7. To participate, visit the contest page. The sweepstakes runs through January 14 and winners, who will also get free airfare and pre- and post-hotel stays in Dusseldorf and Amsterdam, will be announced on January 28. Only residents of the U.S. and Canada are able to play.
And here's another alert: Celebrity's the first cruise line to actually launch a contest that will introduce travelers to the shipyard experience, but we know it won't be the last. Stay tuned to Cruise Critic as we'll announce another opportunity, with a different cruise line, in January.
--by Carolyn Spencer Brown, Editor in Chief
--Photo is courtesy of Meyer Werft.
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December 7, 2009