Celebrity Edge is a new Edge-class cruise ship built by STX France for Celebrity Cruises, a part of Royal Caribbean Cruises. Celebrity Cruises signed a letter of intent for the construction of new Edge-class cruise ships in December 2014.
The first steel for the first ship in the class was cut at the STX France shipyard in November 2016. The vessel was delivered in October 2018, while the second ship in class, Celebrity Beyond, is scheduled for delivery in mid-2020.
The new Celebrity Edge cruise ship features a cutting-edge design developed by Nate Berkus. The unique outward facing design distinguishes the ship from traditional cruise ships. The design integrates Magic Carpet, the world’s first cantilevered floating platform.
The Magic Carpet features plush seating, a full bar, and a space for live music. The transformable platform serves different purposes based on its positioning.
On the upper deck of the ship, food is served at Dinner on the Edge, while Deck 14 serves as an extension of the swimming pool, and Deck 5 transforms into an open-air dining venue. The Magic Carpet extends the Destination Gateway at Deck 2.
The ship has a length of 306m, beam of 39m, draught of 8.2m and gross tonnage of 129,500t. It has the capacity to accommodate 2,908 passengers. The cruise speed of the vessel is 21.8k.
Accommodation units on board the vessel are categorised into AquaClass veranda staterooms and Concierge Class staterooms. AquaClass cabins feature Cashmere Collection bedding and mattresses and integrate spa elements. The rooms provide occupants with priority seating in the AquaClass restaurant and unlimited access to Persian Garden within the AquaSpa.
Concierge Class staterooms are furnished with Cashmere Collection bedding, mattresses and bathrobes. The rooms offer a pillow menu, as well as priority check-in and check-out services.
The cruise ship houses a rooftop garden, which offers cocktails and gourmet burgers, as well as a barbecue at the Rooftop Garden Grill. Guests can enjoy live musical performances and an interactive fusion of food and film.
Dedicated for Suite Class guests and Captain’s Club Zenith members, the ship’s Retreat Lounge features a large-screen TV and reading areas, and serves continental breakfast and complimentary pre-dinner drinks in the evening. Special concierge service enables guests to book specialty dining and shore excursions.
Resort Deck features an asymmetrical outward-facing pool deck and a jogging track around the ship’s new rooftop garden. The pool deck houses a lap pool featuring loungers, a bar and two two-story martini Jacuzzis. The adults-only solarium on the Resort Deck features a covered pool area and a 3D art wall representing the colours and movement of the ocean.
Destination Gateway on the ship provides information to guests about the Edge Launches for transportation ashore. The highlights of the port of calls are displayed on large LCD screens. Destination Gateway also serves as an activity centre, which hosts enrichment discussions, shore excursion information gatherings and gaming tournaments.
Celebrity Edge cruise ship embarked on her maiden voyage from Fort Lauderdale, US, in December 2018. The seven-night eastern Caribbean journey covers destinations, including San Juan in Puerto Rico, Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, and Philipsburg in St Maarten.
The ship then sails on a seven-night western Caribbean voyage covering Key West in Florida, US, Costa Maya and Cozumel in Mexico and George Town in Grand Cayman.
The ship will head to the Mediterranean after crossing the Atlantic in mid-2019 to offer seven to eleven night sailings in the cities, including Barcelona and Rome.
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