Celebrity Eclipse Shipyard Trip Winner Announced!

February 19, 2010
(7 a.m. EST) -- The clever tweeting is over and one lucky person has won the chance to visit Celebrity Cruises' brand-new ship, Celebrity Eclipse, in the shipyard.

The unique contest took place on the micro-blogging social networking site, Twitter, with entrants having to say why they would like to win the prize -- in less than 140 characters! Not an easy task.

Cruise Critic U.K. joined fellow judges cruise tweeter and blogger @CaptGreybeard (also known as the Daily Mirror's cruise man, John Honeywell), and the official @CelebrityUK twitter feed to pick the winner earlier this week.

After hours of deliberation and sifting through the witty entries, we found our top tweet!

And here it is: "With Celebrity close to home, many places I will roam. With AquaSpa, Crush & a lawn at sea, I think Eclipse was designed for me!"

These creative words were submitted by Denise Wills from Saint Austell, Cornwall, under her Twitter profile @CharlotteWil.

We chose this tweet as it combined key information about the new ship, its deployment from Southampton, and a play on the Celebrity Cruises brand strapline "Designed for you."

Denise -- who has cruised with Celebrity eight times (three times in 2009) and is also a Cruise Critic member (Algieohno) -- saw the competition right here on Cruise Critic and told us this morning that she is incredibly excited about the money-can't-buy prize.

"As a massive Celebrity Cruises fan I know what a big deal it is to be part the ship's first ever trip from the shipyard. This is going to be the absolute trip of a lifetime -- I just cannot wait."

She continued: "I love the Solstice-class ships. My daughter is booked on Celebrity Eclipse in the summer. I am still deliberating whether to take her or my husband on the trip as they both want to go!"

The trip includes a visit to the Meyer Werft Shipyard in Papenburg, Germany this March.

Activities will include a tour of the shipyard; an overnight stay on Celebrity Eclipse as it travels 26 miles backward, from the shipyard to Eemshaven, Netherlands (check out our report from sister ship Celebrity Equinox's "backwards adventure"); and a chance to hobnob with Celebrity executives.

Celebrity Eclipse is due to arrive in Southampton on 20 April, 2010, and the ship will be named on 24 April, 2010.

--by Kelly Ranson, U.K. Editor