The Celebrity Edge is an Innovative Ship that Will Change How You Think About Cruising
One of the best parts about a cruise vacation is being immersed in the scenery as you sail along the wide, open ocean and through sun-dappled seas as gorgeous coastal towns and natural scenery come into view. Now, Celebrity Cruises aims to bring the outside in for your cruise more than ever before with the debut of Celebrity Edge, the newest cruise ship part of Celebrity Cruises’ award-winning fleet of ships – and it does so in a sleek, modern fashion.
Celebrity Edge is still in the process of being built, but it is already poised to be a game-changer for the cruise industry when it begins offering itineraries in December of 2018. Here’s why:
Fresh, Modern Design by Big Names
The look and design of Celebrity Edge was led by internationally renowned interior designer Kelly Hoppen and prestigious architect Tom Wright. Popular designer Nate Berkus was also brought on to serve as Celebrity Edge’s design ambassador.
What does this mean for your experience? A cruise ship vibe like no other that puts a focus on contemporary design with artistic flair and sumptuous comfort. You’ll find urban chic décor and bright, airy settings along with the modern luxury details discerning travelers from around the world have come to expect from Celebrity Cruises.
The Magic Carpet: A Cruising First
If you’re not a fan of having to wait on a cramped deck to board your tender to shore when your cruise ship is in port, then you’ll love the Magic Carpet and be amazed at its engineering prowess. The Magic Carpet serves as a relaxing and luxurious waiting area for passengers to sit and chat until their tender boat comes to collect them. Plus, you won’t be boarding any normal tender while sailing Celebrity Edge; instead you’ll step into one of the Edge Launches, a covered, air-conditioned boat with bucket seats and large windows for prime viewing of your new destination.
The Magic Carpet’s allure doesn’t stop there, though. It also serves as a specialty restaurant in the evenings when it “floats” back up to Deck 16. Thanks to its cantilevered position on the side of the ship, you’ll literally be dining over the open water. Get ready for some incredible views from your table.
The Magic Carpet also moves to other decks throughout the day, becoming an extension of the pool area on Deck 14 at times, and an al fresco extension of another specialty restaurant on Deck 5.
No matter what deck you step onto the Magic Carpet from, one thing’s for certain: you won’t want to miss the chance to see the world from its vantage point.
Designer Staterooms and Suites Highlight the Sea
Think you know what a cruise stateroom is like? Thing again. Celebrity Edge is transforming the way you experience seafaring living during your cruise.
A veranda stateroom is always a popular room to stay in for Celebrity Cruises guests and it gets a complete makeover on Celebrity Edge. The Edge Stateroom with Infinite Veranda features state-of-the-art doors that open completely to let you bring the sea air right into your stateroom, and so you can effortlessly step to the railing and see the views that await you. Outdoor ambiance is now a prominent fixture for many of the staterooms and suites on Celebrity Edge.
In addition to blurring the edges of outdoor and indoor space, 99% of the rooms on Celebrity Edge have king size beds plus you’ll find larger bathrooms, more storage space for your belongings, and spacious living areas.
If you want to make that living area extremely large – and utterly fantastic – look no further than Celebrity Edge’s new suite categories: Iconic Suites and Edge Villas.
You’re going to want to live at sea after taking one look at the 2-bedroom Iconic Suites, which are nearly 2,600 square feet in size and feature panoramic windows in the bedrooms and living spaces plus a 700-foot, 270-degree ocean view verandah that will have you relaxing to pleasurable ocean views no matter where you are in the suite.
The Edge Villas also have amazing ocean views, with 2-story windows and a private plunge pool on the verandah. Yes, picture that right now…looking out at the vast blue sea from your own private plunge pool. Guests staying in Edge Villas also have direct walk-out access to the Retreat Sundeck.
What’s the Retreat Sundeck, you may be wondering? It’s part of Celebrity Edge’s new area called The Retreat, a special section of the ship only accessible to guests staying in suites. Think of it as your VIP area on the ship. The Retreat has a private pool and lounge plus around the clock butler service and an exclusive restaurant called Luminae, in which only suite-class guests can dine.
The Rooftop Garden: An Open-Air Oasis
Guests sailing on Celebrity Cruises have come to expect and appreciate innovative and green outdoor spaces, like the highly lauded Lawn Club on the Solstice-class ships. Celebrity Edge continues this appreciation for outdoor spaces with its Rooftop Garden. The Rooftop Garden keeps the nature aspect from the Lawn Club by adorning the area with greenery tended to by a resident horticulturist. Throughout the day, games and activities are conducted in the Rooftop Garden and at night it transforms into an entertainment venue for live music and Celebrity Cruises’ popular “A Taste of Film” experience, which combines an al fresco meal and movie.
The Pool Deck: Cool in More Ways Than One
The Rooftop Garden is definitely not the only place to relax outside while on the ship. The Pool Deck will likely be calling your name throughout your cruise. It’s where you’ll find the refreshing 25-yard lap pool, which has in-pool loungers (perfect for hot, sunny days – bring a waterproof case for your Kindle!) and an eye-catching mirror installation above one end of the pool. Whether you choose a lounger in the water or one of the many surrounding the pool, you’ll be relaxing in comfort surrounded by gleaming, artistic décor.
One of the coolest things about Celebrity Edge’s Pool Deck are the two hot tubs elevated up in the air above the pool (2-stories high!) and shaped like martini glasses. Whether you’re in the hot tub or the pool you’ll enjoy stunning ocean views since the design of the Pool Deck aims to bring you a truly oceanfront setting.
The cabanas lining one edge of the Pool Deck also look out onto the ocean and are available to rent out during the cruise for some extra luxurious poolside relaxation.
Where Celebrity Edge will Sail
Celebrity Edge’s first sailing will depart December 16, 2018, from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, which will also serve as Celebrity Edge’s homeport. Celebrity Edge will offer two different itineraries from Fort Lauderdale. One will be an Eastern Caribbean cruise that visits San Juan, Puerto Rico; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; and Philipsburg, St. Maarten. The other itinerary option sails around the Western Caribbean and stops in Key West, Florida; Costa Maya, Mexico; Cozumel, Mexico; and George Town, Grand Cayman. You can visit all ports of call and make your vacation a 14-night one by booking back-to-back sailings.
Bookings are already open for Celebrity Edge, and you can secure your vacation on this innovative ship by visiting www.CelebrityCruises.com/Edge or by speaking with your travel agent. And stay tuned for more Celebrity Edge in the coming years – three sister ships to the Celebrity Edge will be debuting in 2020, 2021, and 2022.