Celebrity Cruises has taken its first step toward physically launching Celebrity Solstice in Fall 2008. The line's President Dan Hanrahan ceremoniously pressed the start button for the plasma cutter at shipbuilder Meyer Werft
in Papenburg, Germany, creating the ship's first steel plate
Accompanying Hanrahan were Celebrity's Executive Vice President
Maritime & Newbuilding Harri Kulovaara, Celebrity Solstice Project Manager
Jarmo Laakso, and Meyer Werft's Managing Director Bernard Meyer, Lambert
Kruse and Project Manager Uwe Wulf.