Revealed: Celebrity Edge

Celebrity Cruises has unveiled the details of the new Celebrity Edge, set to debut next December in Fort Lauderdale and prompting a rethink in cruise ship design.

 

Boasting design names including Kelly Hoppen MBE of Kelly Hoppen Interiors and visionary architect Tom Wright of WKK, together with American designer Nate Berkus serving as design ambassador, the line’s first newbuild since the hugely-popular Solstice-class was presented at a media ceremony at the company’s Innovation Lab. Renderings show a groundbreaking ship with a new hull design, larger accommodations and the stunning cantilevered “Magic Carpet” platform.

 

Magic Carpet

A marvel of engineering giving the ship its distinct profile, the “Magic Carpet” is a tennis court-sized platform that scales its 16 decks and offering a different experience at 4 set positions.

 

At its lowest position on deck 2, it serves as a luxury embarkation station for guests at tender ports. Helping to ease the transition from ship to tender, it eliminates ramps and unwieldy stairs associated with traditional vessels and guests can simply step directly onto the tenders from the “Magic Carpet”. Climbing up to deck 5, it transforms into an extension of a specialty restaurant to offer al fresco seating.

 

Alongside deck 14, the platform turns into an additional zone of the Resort Deck to increase the real estate available around the large main pool and its martini glass-shaped jacuzzis. Finally, the “Magic Carpet” becomes its own specialty restaurant offering a special “Dinner on the Edge” experience for 90 guests high up at the ship’s summit on deck 16.

 

Infinite Verandas

With the Edge-class, Celebrity Cruises is redefining the boundary between the stateroom and the veranda with the new Infinite Verandas. Utilizing bi-fold doors that can be opened completely, guests gain 23 percent more living space with an electrically-operated window providing the flexibility of an air-conditioned patio shielded from the elements or a traditional open-air experience.

 

Celebrity Edge will have 918 Infinite Veranda staterooms, including 16 single-accommodation rooms. These are designed to provide larger living areas, King- and Queen-sized beds and bathrooms, with more storage space and a better connection to the sea without taking up additional real estate.

 

New Suites and The Retreat

Accommodation options will also include a pair of Iconic Suites. Measuring at nearly 465 square meters and sitting atop the bridge, these 2-bedroom suites enjoy the same forward view as the Captain and also position the veranda with its private jacuzzi and cabana over the bridge wing.

 

Taking it a step further are 6 duplex-style Edge Villas featuring an elevated master bedroom, large living room and 2 full bathrooms. Each will feature a private plunge pool on the veranda and offer direct walk-out access to suite-only The Retreat, with its heightened levels of style, sophistication and round-the-clock butler service.

 

Rooftop Garden

Celebrity Edge expands on the top-deck “Lawn Club” of the Solstice-class and the “Rooftop Terrace” from the Millennium-class into the “Rooftop Garden”. Decorated with live, lush greenery and sophisticated tree sculptures, it will host yoga and games during the day and live music, movies and meals at night via alternative eatery Rooftop Garden Grill.

 

Cruises will alternate between Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries, with the ship sailing week-long voyages from Fort Lauderdale. Eastern Caribbean itineraries will visit San Juan, Tortola and St. Maarten, while Western Caribbean trips will take passengers to Key West, Costa Maya, Cozumel and Grand Cayman.

 

For more information, visit www.celebritycruises.com.

 

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