A £500m liner's first journey starts with a wiggle as it sneaks out of its berth backwards
Celebrity Silhouette, the latest ship from Miami-based company Royal Caribbean, made her way out of her berth in Papenburg, Germany, this weekend, heading towards Emshaven for her final outfitting.
The £500 million luxury cruise ship had to pass through a hole only 1.5m wider than its hull before travelling 26 miles to the open sea.
Travelling on an aqueduct over an autobahn, major infrastructure, including power lines and railway tracks, had to be removed for the ship’s passage, which took place at high tide to ensure there was enough water in the river.
After some finishing touches at Emshaven, the Netherlands, she set off once more to Hamburg where she will officially be named and then launched on 21 July.
Celebrity Silhouette guests will be surprised to see a real grass lawn onboard as well as an art studio, tree house and the cruise industry’s first interactive outdoor grill.