From The Caribbean To Newcastle - Celebrity Cruises' Millennium Sets New Record

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From the Caribbean to Newcastle – luxury cruise ship sets new record

Celebrity Millennium will slip into port with just six metres to spare

January 5, 2009:  When Celebrity Cruises’ five star luxury liner Millennium arrives in

Newcastle tomorrow, it will be the biggest ever passenger cruise ship to dock here and it will

bring with it over 2,000 tourists keen to visit Newcastle and the Hunter region.

At 294 metres in length, the Miami-based Celebrity Millennium will slip into Newcastle Port

under the watchful eye of Captain Michael Karatzas when it arrives in Newcastle on January

6 on its way across the Tasman to New Zealand for a 14 night cruise.

Gavin Smith, managing director Royal Caribbean Cruises Australia said, “Newcastle is an

excellent port facility, and can accommodate ships up to 300 metres in length - so this

beautiful ship will make it with just six metres to spare.  It will be quite a sight for passengers

and onlookers alike.”

The previous record for the biggest ship to enter Newcastle was held by Celebrity

Millennium’s sister ship, Celebrity Mercury in January 2008.

According to Smith, Newcastle is the gateway to the Hunter Valley, and a great place for

international visitors.  “There’s an incredible diversity of tourism experiences within one

hour’s drive of Newcastle, and guests on Celebrity Millennium will be able to experience food

and wine tasting in the Hunter region, visit sand dunes in Stockton and go dolphin watching

along the coast.

“A great proportion of our guests are from the United States and Europe, bringing with

them valuable tourism dollars,” he says.  “There are cruises, and then there is Celebrity. 

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Celebrity Millennium is a five star luxury ship that provides its guests with an incredible level

of service and a cruise experience that exceeds their expectations.”

Celebrity Millennium holds over 2,000 guests in four classes of stateroom accommodation,

including the luxurious penthouse suite, which comes complete with a European butler


The 91,000 ton ship also features four indoor and outdoor pools, a gym and day spa, eight

bars and cocktail lounges, a world-class restaurant, cinema, shopping boutiques and a casino.

Celebrity Millennium is also family-friendly, with the tailored activities program ‘Celebrity X-

Club’ offering a four tier program of endless fun at sea for children and young adults aged

three to 17 years-old.

Celebrity Cruises is a Royal Caribbean International global cruise brand with nine ships

currently in service and two under construction. The line also offers unique land-tour

vacations in Alaska, Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, South America and New Zealand


About Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. is a global cruise vacation company that operates Royal Caribbean

International, Celebrity Cruises, Pullmantur, Azamara Cruises and CDF Croisieres de France.  The

company has a combined total of 38 ships in service and six under construction.  It also offers

unique land-tour vacations in Alaska, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Europe and South


Media enquiries:

Georgina Policarpou on behalf of Celebrity Cruises

Telephone: 02 9281 2230


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