Modern luxury travel is booming and PALFINGER is happy to keep up with its standards. Celebrity Cruises also trusts us on that and has raised the bar once again by introducing the impressive Edge-class vessels. Therefore, we are especially proud that we’ve secured an order for the delivery of lifeboats, tender boats, davits and rescue boats for all four Edge-class cruise ships.
Alex Letzner, our Cruise Sales Director for Boats and Davits, explains: “The first challenge was to prove to the shipyard that we offer solutions that meet the cruise line’s high standards. Winning the confidence of a benchmark shipyard confirms that our cruise division is on the right track. These orders give us a new and important foothold in the cruise industry.”
Four series of saving lives
PALFINGER does its best to remain the invisible guardian of cruise trips. We won the contract for lifesaving appliances for the first two Edge-class ships in 2015. In April 2017, the crucial full-scale boarding test of the new MPC 49 lifeboat, our flagship product and the largest of its kind worldwide at the time, took place in front of more than 440 invited guests. The cruise ship named Celebrity Edge was equipped with the lifeboats in June 2018 and went on to successfully complete its first sea trials one month later. Its second (and final) sea trials took place in September before the vessel left Saint-Nazaire, France to make its debut in – where else – Miami. The delivery of the remaining three Edge-class cruise ships is scheduled for 2020, 2021 and 2022 respectively. Bon voyage!