MIAMI, FLORIDA, February 10, 2018 — When Celebrity Cruises unveils its newest sea-going vessel on December 9 of this year, the best word to describe it will be “transformational.” Construction for the ship will be completed ahead of schedule allowing Celebrity Edge to make alternating maiden voyages from her home port in Ft. Lauderdale.
Celebrity’s bold innovations will make the ship itself as much of a destination as its ports of call.
The first sailing will cruise to the Western Caribbean followed by another maiden voyage to the Eastern Caribbean.
In addition to the alternating maiden voyages, Celebrity will also offer four new Edge Preview Sailings. The three-night Bahamas cruises will sail round-trip from Fort Lauderdale, FL., departing November 21, November 24, December 3 and December 6.
Created completely in 3-D with the talents of world-class architects and designers, Celebrity Edge will change the world of leisure cruising forever with landmark innovations.
The manner in which stateroom balconies altered previously popular portholes is incorporated in the dreamlike imagination of Celebrity Cruises. Come December, a bold new standard of shipboard comfort will challenge the competition to keep pace or leave them in their wake.
Among Celebrity’s “transformational” conceptions will be dramatically expanded staterooms including several accommodations for single cruisers so they no longer have to pay supplements for traveling alone.
Perhaps more stunning will be the ship-climbing “Magic Carpet” platform at mid-ships which will serve multiple purposes with the ability to raise and lower from the lowest deck to the top of the 16-story, 2,900 passenger vessel.
In addition, stunning contemporary suite designs will redefine the way cruise lovers experience the world. Edge Staterooms with Infinite Verandas will adapt guest quarters into a space where the simple touch of a button brings the outside in and the inside out by giving passengers open-air access to the sea.
With 23-percent more square footage and 10-percent larger bathrooms than the Celebrity Solstice Class ships, Celebrity Edge, and her yet to be built three sisters, will allow guests to select another button that can personalize the stateroom from cabin lighting, shades, temperature and service.
Celebrity Edge will also increase the number of suites from Solstice Class by 7-percent, including 146 one-bedroom Sky Suites that face outward with king-sized beds.
Thanks to bi-fold doors which can be left completely closed to create a true balcony or remain open for a sunlit indoor space, Celebrity Edge will feature 918 Infinite Veranda cabins.
For the ultimate cruise experience, two new Iconic Suite categories will offer more than 5,000 square feet of space located above the bridge, facing forward, so occupants will experience the same views as the captain.
If that doesn’t appeal to your “suite tooth” desires, perhaps one of six split-level Edge Villas with view from two stories of windows, private plunge pools and direct walk-out access to the Retreat Sundeck will be more to your liking.
“The Retreat” boasts round-the-clock personal butler service and an exclusive Suite Class restaurant known as the Luminae @ The Retreat. The Retreat will be a private cruising Garden of Eden for deluxe travel at its finest.
The “transformational” feature that every cruiser will be able to experience, however, and, which is arguably the most innovative aspect of Celebrity’s new Edge series, is its moveable deck called the Magic Carpet.
The large outdoor elevator-style deck will be cantilevered off the ship with the ability to move from the bottom at Deck 2 all the way up to Deck 16. In so doing, the Magic Carpet puts a new twist on an age-old maritime expression by putting “all decks on hand.
Depending upon where the Magic Carpet lands, will determine its functionality. On Deck 2, for example, the Magic Carpet will greatly ease the ability to board and off-load the ship without the need for ramps or stairs.
This will be especially practical for travelers with disabilities by significantly simplifying the process of access and egress to the ship.
Furthermore, every passenger will experience less difficulty during occasions when tenders are necessary to go ashore.
On other occasions, the Magic Carpet will serve as an al fresco extension to a raw bar restaurant when stationed on Deck 5. Or it can become a lively hot-spot for late-night parties and happy hours when it stops on Deck 14.
Daily theme dinners will be the order of the day on Deck 16 when the Magic Carpet becomes an alternative restaurant.
Interior amenities will also be “transformational” with the Celebrity Edge. The Rooftop Garden is one of many public areas that beckon guests to unwind in a completely unique environment. Created by architect Tom Wright, the Rooftop Garden will have a resident horticulturist to ensure that guests enjoy activities throughout the day in a utopian garden that will also feature live music as well as the movie-and-meal pairing of “A Taste of Film.”
Naturally, traditional cruise amenities will also include lounges, a casino, a theater, pools, sundecks and a variety of dining opportunities, but you can expect these aspects of Celebrity Edge to be equally defining innovations.
Many other amenities of Celebrity Edge have yet to be revealed, but come December, cruising as we know it will sail into a bold new world of sea-going adventure. As part of the Royal Caribbean family of ships, Celebrity can be identified by its iconic “X” which stands for modern luxury mingled with cool, contemporary design and welcoming friendly public spaces.
Bookings are now open for the four Preview Sailings, the Maiden Voyages and for future itineraries.
Come December, “X” marks the spot in Ft. Lauderdale where Celebrity Cruises will launch a new world of cutting “Edge” sea-going travel that is certain to make waves in the industry.
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