Celebrity Edge Called “Truly Transformative” Cruise Ship
Stateroom with "Infinite Veranda" view
"This will transform ships as we know them. For sure.”
No, that’s not a quote from a cruise line press release, famous for their overuse of superlatives. It’s the word from ship godmother, Open Jaw columnist and all-around cruise expert Vanessa Lee, who attended a media briefing on the next big thing from Celebrity Cruises – Celebrity Edge.
In a high-tech presentation in Miami, Celebrity revealed tantalizing details of the first of a new class of ship – and the first cruise ship to be designed entirely in 3D.
Headline innovations include the "Magic Carpet," a movable deck about the size of a tennis court cantilevered off the side of the ship. The 90-ton Magic Carpet will move up and down the ship’s decks, acting as a disembarkation point in tender ports, an evening specialty restaurant and an extension to the pool deck for happy hours and late-night parties.
In another innovation, Celebrity Edge will introduce the “Infinite Veranda,” a stateroom designed to seamlessly blend indoor and outdoor. The Infinite Veranda makes the balcony part of the stateroom, thanks to bi-fold doors that can be opened completely adding nearly 25% more space to the room.
About 12% of the ship’s accommodation will be suites, a big increase from previous Celebrity vessels. And the line says those suites will be like nothing seen before, with some featuring private plunge pools or balcony Jacuzzis.
“The only way to describe what they did today is to say it was superlative” said Lee following the press conference. “Quite amazing and incredibly impressive. So many bells and whistles and innovations. It was an assault on the senses in the best possible way.”
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. CEO Richard Fain had to sign the $5-billion order to build the ship and the sister ships that will follow. He says yesterday’s demonstration erased any fears he might have had over the huge investment.
“Celebrity Edge is one of the most exciting, innovative and transformational ships I have ever been involved with," he said. “The new features and refined design will establish a new baseline for ships from here on out."
Featuring the work of global architects and designers, the 2,918-guest CelebrityEdge aims to provide intimacy in a larger-ship setting. The ship is due to debut in December, 2018, making its initial homeport in Fort Lauderdale offering Eastern & Western Caribbean itineraries.
“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.”
Pushing the Boundaries of Ship Design
For its first new ship class in 10 years, Celebrity assembled a design and architectural team from around the globe to “push the boundaries of ship design and to evolve luxury travel at sea.”
Celebrity says that “revolutionary 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 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 control of their stateroom and personalize everything from lighting, shades, temperature and service – even choosing a setting to tuck them in or gently wake them.
The new design adds 23% more square footage and 10% percent bathrooms than Celebrity’s Solstice Class.
The Retreat -- New Experiences and Suite Categories
A privileged space aboard Celebrity Edge will be ‘The Retreat,’ featuring a private pool and sundeck. Also part of this space is ‘The Retreat Lounge,’ featuringaround-the-clock personal butler service, and the exclusive Suite Class restaurant Luminae @ The Retreat.
With CelebrityEdge, Celebrity 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 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,’ offering views from two stories of windows, private plunge pools and direct walk-out access to The Retreat Sundeck.
There are also two 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom ‘Penthouse Suites’with large soaking tubs on the veranda, large dual walk-through showers and expansive walk-in closets. The ship also features 146 large, outward-facing ‘Sky Suites.’
All suites and double-occupancy Edge Staterooms are fitted with exclusively designed plush king-size cashmere mattresses, which Celebrity calls an industry first, and offer personal butler services and access to The Retreat.
An Unexpected Playscape
The ‘Rooftop Garden’ is one of many spaces aboard Celebrity Edge that will lure guests out to relax and play. Tended daily by a resident horticulturist, it will be a place for guests to enjoy games and activities through the day. At night, it will offer live music and the outdoor movie-and-meal pairing of "A Taste of Film.”
Signature Element -- The World’s First Magic Carpet
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, this incredible engineering feat scales the 16-deck ship through the day and evening, positioning at four of the ship’s decks, offering a different experience at each one.
At the summit of the ship on Deck 16, the Magic Carpet becomes a specialty restaurant offering a “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, Magic Carpet is a key component to the ‘Destination Gateway,’ an embarkation station where guests will be whisked away aboard sleek ‘Edge Launches.’