This was the first cruise ship for Celebrity Cruises, a product of Chandris, thus the symbolic X still on the funnel (as with all other Celebrity ships). The ship was originally the Galileo Galilei, and then the Galileo for Chandris, Meridian for Celebrity, and eventually Sun Vista. The ship under
Meridian was a totally new cruise ship and previewed many of Celebrity's new brand of cruising. I sailed her as a travel writer both as Meridian and Galileo. The two ships were hardly comparable. The only surviving feature of Galileo was the Winter Garden and covered Promenade deck (delightful!). Compare Meridian with the new Celebrity Equinox and see how this line has progressed over less than twenty years! Celebrity still has the best food & service.
Thanks for posting this photo of Celebrity's pioneer vessel!
The Sun Viking