Celebrity Unveils Grand Plaza, The Epicentre Of Celebrity Edge
Open Jaw, Bruce Parkinson
With Celebrity Edge less than three months from delivery, Celebrity Cruises has revealed the design of The Grand Plaza, which it describes as “the beating heart of the year’s most anticipated new ship.”
“We couldn’t be happier that the excitement and anticipation around the launch of Celebrity Edge is growing each and every day,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President and CEO, Celebrity Cruises.
“We’re thrilled to give everyone another sneak peek of our transformational new ship with the unveiling of The Grand Plaza, the ever-evolving epicentre of Celebrity Edge, and even more beautiful installations brought to life by the truly visionary Jouin Manku, who infused a dynamism and energy that will be felt throughout the ship at almost every turn.”
With an aspiration to transform the way guests connect to the world, Celebrity says it sought creative thinkers who were new to the cruise industry to ensure every aspect of Celebrity Edge would be a departure from traditional thinking about cruising.
Among those chosen were the Paris-based design duo of Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku, who are celebrated for drawing inspiration from a multitude of cultures and for merging cutting-edge technology with old-world craftsmanship. They are credited with world-famous works such as the Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée and the Jules Verne restaurant in the Eiffel Tower. Together, the visionaries collaborated with the Celebrity team to bring these new concepts to life in The Grand Plaza.
Mixing simplicity and modernity, the space takes inspiration from the glamourous days of transatlantic travel. Spanning three decks at the heart of the ship, The Grand Plaza transforms both physically and atmospherically throughout the day and night.
Guests are drawn to the space by The Chandelier, a striking lighting feature – and art installation – that rises over the Martini Bar to the ceiling three decks above. Composed of five levels of 765 blades illuminated by dynamic LED strips that change color from day to night, The Chandelier weighs in at seven tons.
In the morning, The Grand Plaza invites guests to enjoy a cappuccino and a croissant at a choice of the cafés. Guests can return to The Grand Plaza for afternoon tea or to indulge in a pre-dinner cocktail while enjoying unexpected pop-up performances. At nightfall, the energy transforms completely, and the space becomes the social epicentre of the ship, coming alive with live music.
The Grand Plaza will be home to many new specialty restaurants – including Raw on 5 and Fine Cut Steakhouse on Deck 5; Le Grand Bistro and Café al Bacio on Deck 4; and the new Grand Plaza Café on Deck 3. At its center, on Deck 3, guests will find the next evolution of the always-buzzing Martini Bar, one of the most popular venues across Celebrity’s fleet. Adorning the edges of The Grand Plaza are intricately hand-stitched mesh screens, combining more than 13,500 pieces of metal, leather, and fabric.
Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief
An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.