Celebrity Cruises has delivered a first look at the transformational Celebrity Edge, whose dramatically expanded staterooms, ship-climbing Magic Carpet platform and unique suites set a new standard for ship design.
Designed completely in 3-D, and featuring the work of A-list global architects and designers, the 2,918-guest Celebrity Edge aims to make discerning global travelers redefine how they experience the world and how intimate a vacation can be.
Royal Caribbean Cruises' chairman and CEO, Richard D.Fain, said: "Celebrity Edge is one of the most exciting, innovative and transformational ships I have ever been involved with. The new features and refined design will establish a new baseline for ships from here on out.”
The line involved a design and architectural 'dream team' to push the boundaries of ship design and to evolve luxury travel at sea, including internationally renowned interior designer Kelly Hoppen MBE and visionary architect Tom Wright of WKK.
Meanwhile, staterooms erase the boundaries between the traditional ship stateroom and its veranda, creating 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 all the way to the water’s edge. The simple touch of a button gives guests open-air access to the sea, bringing the outside in and the inside out. With the touch of another button, guests can take complete control of their stateroom and personalise everything from lighting, shades, temperature and service – even choosing a setting to tuck them in or gently wake them. The design adds 23% more square footage and 10% larger bathrooms than the line's Solstice Class.
In addition, a sanctuary for world travellers - a private utopia called The Retreat - will feature a private pool on The Retreat Sundeck. Also part of the special space is The Retreat Lounge, which brings heightened levels of style and sophistication to Celebrity Edge and offers a round-the-clock personal butler service, and the exclusive Suite Class restaurant Luminae @ The Retreat.
With Celebrity Edge, the company 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 2,600sq.ft., two-bedroom, two-bathroom suites feature unique views thanks to panoramic windows enveloping the dining room, living room and bedrooms. The 700 sq. ft. veranda also 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 expansive walk-in closets, and the 146 large, outward-facing Sky Suites. All suites and double occupancy Edge Staterooms are fitted with exclusively designed king-size cashmere mattresses and offer personal butler services and access to The Retreat.
The Rooftop Garden is one of many spaces on Celebrity Edge that will lure guests out to relax and play. Imagined by celebrated architect Tom Wright, the Rooftop Garden, tended daily by a resident horticulturist, is an ideal spot 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 recognizable from miles away. The size of a tennis court, the engineering feat scales the 16-deck ship through the day and evening, positioning at four of the ship’s decks, transforming into a new and exciting experience at each one. At the summit of the ship on Deck 16, the Magic Carpet becomes the ultimate 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, Magic Carpet extends one of the ship’s specialty restaurants into al fresco seating and, at its lowest position on Deck 2, the new addition is a key component to the Destination Gateway, a luxury embarkation station where guests will be whisked away on Edge Launches.
Celebrity Edge will homeport in Fort Lauderdale, making her first sailing December 16, 2018. Bookings are now open at celebritycruises.com/edge for the ship’s two seven-night Caribbean itineraries and Celebrity Edge will be joined by three sister ships in 2020, 2021 and 2022.