Royal Caribbean sells Celebrity Century to a Chinese company


Celebrity Century has found its new home in China after Chinese company, Ctrip International signed an agreement to purchase the cruise ship from Royal Caribbean Cruises.

In February, Celebrity Cruises’ parent company, Royal Caribbean Cruises revealed it would retire Celebrity Century after 19 years of sailing under the Celebrity brand.

The 1,814-passenger ship will exit the fleet in April 2015.

Ctrip president Min Fan said the ship will undergo renovations before sailing under the new brand.

“Century will be renovated to provide an outstanding cruise experience to China’s leisure travellers, including premium hotel services, diversified dining options, exciting on-board facilities, varieties of entertainments, and inspiring excursions and tours,” Fan said.

“Ctrip will capitalize on our strong brand, large customer base, and superior service quality, as well as our partner’s extensive cruise operating experience to generate great value to our customers and shareholders.”

Ctrip is an online travel site, which sells all forms of travel including air, accommodation and cruise.

According to the president, Ctrip has booked over 120,000 Chinese guests on cruise trips.

The company handles 10 percent of the market share in China and expects the new ship to help strengthen its leadership in the country.