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Celebrity Cruises Names Next Star In Millennium-Class Fleet

MIAMI, May 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Celebrity Cruises has announced that the next ship in its Millennium-class fleet will be named Constellation. The fourth in Celebrity's series of four 1,950-guest Millennium-class ships, Constellation will bring the Celebrity fleet to a total of nine ships.

Constellation will make its maiden voyage in May 2002, embarking on a series of European itineraries which will be announced when bookings for Constellation's inaugural season open later this month.

``Constellation will be yet another magnificent Celebrity ship designed with our sophisticated guests' desires in mind,'' said Celebrity Cruises President Rick Sasso. ``In the Celebrity tradition, Constellation will offer the most innovative concepts afloat.''

Like its sister ships -- Celebrity's Millennium, Infinity, and Summit -- Constellation will offer a conservatory, a distinctive and serene botanical environment featuring the creations of floral designer Emilio Robba of Paris; the industry's largest and most luxurious suites; 80 percent ocean-view staterooms, 74 percent with verandas; museum-quality contemporary art collections; AquaSpa(SM), offering exotic treatments on a par with the world's finest land-based spas, from the elite Elemis Ltd.; COVA Cafe Milano, the seagoing version of Milan's fashionable coffeehouse; a relaxing music library; Michael's Club cigar bar, featuring hand-rolled cigars and fine cognacs; an intimate specialty restaurant offering elegant tableside cooking and carving, and other dining venues featuring the award-winning cuisine of renowned Master Chef Michel Roux.

Following Millennium's lead in becoming the industry's first cruise ship to incorporate gas turbine engines, Constellation also will operate on that smokeless propulsion system, which reduces exhaust emissions by up to 90 percent.

Like its sister Millennium-class ships, Constellation is being built to Panamax standards to enable Panama and Suez Canal transits for international deployment.

Celebrity Cruises is the highest-rated premium cruise line in the industry and has the youngest fleet of any major cruise line. Celebrity's eighth ship, Summit, launches this Fall, and Constellation will make its maiden voyage in May 2002. For more information, visit the Celebrity web site at