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Celebrity Silhouette travels backwards

Celebrity Cruises' new Celebrity Silhouette completed the initial stages of a 26-mile navigation - in reverse - in order to move Celebrity Silhouette from shipbuilder Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany, to the open sea in Emshaven, Netherlands.

With less than 5 feet of room to manoeuvre the ship, the exercise began under the direction of Captain Dimitrios Kafetzis, in order to move Celebrity Silhouette from shipbuilder Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany, to the open sea in Emshaven, Netherlands.

Celebrity Silhouette will take over 12 hours to complete the trip. The size of the ship and the location of the Meyer Werft shipyard required the Captain to reverse the ship from the yard, assisted by tugboats, through the River Ems.

Preparations for the 'Conveyance' include removing overhead electricity lines  and rail tracks that normally pass over the river to allow the ship to pass. The journey also must be precisely timed to take place at high tide, and when weather conditions are calm enough to avert the possibility of wind causing the ship to ground.

After finishing work is completed in Emshaven, the Netherlands, Celebrity Silhouette will sail to Hamburg, where it will be named in formal ceremonies on July 21, 2011.

Celebrity Silhouette is the fourth of five stylish Solstice Class ships from Celebrity Cruises, and boasts a number of exclusive new features, including the Lawn Club Grill, the industry's first outdoor, interactive grill; The Hideaway, a high-tech location reminiscent of a childhood treehouse for guests to relax inside; The Alcoves, luxurious, private cabanas overlooking the ship's lush lawn on the top deck amidst immense views of the sea; and the Art Studio, a space where experienced and aspiring artists can participate in hands-on instruction from experts in drawing, beading, sculpting and painting. The ship also will feature top-tier designer boutiques, exclusive restaurants and the hip Celebrity iLounge, offering guests classes on the use of iPads and iPhones, among other products, which also are available for sale through Celebrity's industry-first Authorized Apple Reseller status.

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