Celebrity Cruises has delivered a first look at the Celebrity Edge, whose expanded staterooms, ship-climbing Magic Carpet platform and suites set a new standard for ship design.
The 2,918-guest vessel is the cruise line’s first new ship class in 10 years and was designed in 3-D. It features the work of A-list global architects and designers.
“Celebrity Edge is one of the most exciting, innovative and transformational ships I have ever been involved with,” said Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. “The new features and refined design will establish a new baseline for ships from here on out.”
“Our guests don’t want to just skim the world like a magazine – they want to feel a human connection with it,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President and CEO, Celebrity Cruises. “Every element of Celebrity Edge is meant to make that connection intense and unforgettable. Our new class of ship will allow guests to experience their journeys with the uniqueness and sophistication that marks the rest of their lives.”
Designers include Kelly Hoppen MBE of Kelly Hoppen Interiors and architect Tom Wright of WKK. American designer Nate Berkus serves as Celebrity Edge’s design ambassador. Together with other designers whose work will be revealed later, the team arrived at designs that are ‘fresh, exciting, current and comfortable’.
Revolutionary staterooms create a closer connection to the ocean. The new Edge Stateroom with Infinite Veranda turns guest quarters into a seamless space, from the room’s door to the water’s edge. The touch of a button gives guests open-air access to the sea. With the touch of another button, guests can take control of their stateroom and personalise everything from lighting, shades, temperature and service.
The design adds 23 percent more square footage and 10 percent larger bathrooms than Celebrity Cruises’ Solstice Class.
The Retreat features a private pool on The Retreat Sundeck. Also part of this space is The Retreat Lounge, which has an around-the-clock personal butler service, and the Suite Class restaurant Luminae @ The Retreat.
With Celebrity Edge, Celebrity Cruises has more than doubled the number of available suites, adding two new categories. At the top of the line are two new Iconic Suites situated above the ship’s bridge. These near 2,600 sq. ft., two-bedroom, two-bathroom suites feature views thanks to panoramic windows enveloping the dining room, living room and bedrooms. The 700 sq. ft. veranda offers a 270-degree view of the ocean.
Another new Suite Class comprises six split-level Edge Villas, which offer views from two stories of windows, private plunge pools and direct walk-out access to The Retreat Sundeck. Hoppen also designed the two two-bedroom, two-bathroom Penthouse Suites with large soaking tubs on the veranda, large dual walk-through showers, and walk-in closets, and the 146 large, outward-facing Sky Suites. All suites and double occupancy Edge Staterooms are fitted with exclusively designed plush king-size cashmere mattresses and offer personal butler services and access to The Retreat.
The Rooftop Garden by celebrated architect Tom Wright, tended daily by a resident horticulturist, is a place for guests to enjoy games and activities through the day. At night, it is home to live music and the outdoor movie-and-meal pairing of “A Taste of Film.”
Cantilevered from the side of the ship, the Magic Carpet makes Celebrity Edge’s distinctive profile recognisable from miles away. The size of a tennis court, it scales the 16-deck ship through the day and evening, positioning at four of the ship’s decks.
At the summit of the ship on Deck 16, the Magic Carpet becomes the specialty restaurant offering a special “Dinner on the Edge” for 90 guests. Alongside Deck 14, Magic Carpet becomes an open-air expansion of the main pool area. On Deck 5, it extends one of the ship’s specialty restaurants into al fresco seating, and at its lowest position on Deck 2, it is a key component to the Destination Gateway, a luxury embarkation station where guests will be whisked away aboard sleek Edge Launches.
The ship will homeport in Fort Lauderdale, FL., making her first sailing on 16 December 2018.
Bookings are now open at www.celebritycruises.co.uk for the ship’s two 7-night itineraries.
An eastern Caribbean cruise visits San Juan, Puerto Rico; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; and Philipsburg, St. Maarten. The western Caribbean calls on Key West, Florida; Costa Maya, Mexico; Cozumel, Mexico; and George Town, Grand Cayman. Holidaymakers will also have the option to book back-to-back sailings for a 14-night journey.
Celebrity Edge will be joined by three sister ships in 2020, 2021 and 2022.