The Cutting Edge–Alaska Edition
Celebrity Cruises’ revolutionary new ship transforms the way travelers experience the world.
Celebrity Cruises is surpassing all other fleets creating the next generation of cruise vacation. With a name that reflects its ambitious design, Celebrity Edge is the ship designed to leave the future behind.
It starts with the vessel’s outward-facing design and continues with first-ever features such as a ship-climbing Magic Carpet platform; Eden, a see-it-to-believe-it venue fusing design, cuisine, and entertainment; dramatically expanded staterooms with Infinite Verandas; two new Iconic Suites, the largest in the fleet; six new Edge Villas; and over double the amount of other suites. Not to mention the futuristic way the project came to life: via 3-D. It is the first cruise ship designed fully with 3-D technology, allowing every detail to be reviewed, fine-tuned, and perfected throughout the entire process.
“Celebrity Edge is one of the most exciting, innovative, and transformational ships I have ever been involved with,” said Richard D. Fain, chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. “The new features and refined design will establish a new baseline for ships from here on out.”
Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, president and CEO of Celebrity Cruises explained, “Our guests don’t want to just skim the world like a magazine—they want to feel a human connection with it. 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.”
It has been 10 years since the modern luxury cruise line introduced a new ship class, and there have been many daring innovations since that Solstice Class debut back in 2008. Today, Celebrity is taking every element of its 2,918-guest ship to the edge of possibility with a global team of A-list architects and designers, as well as the builders at STX shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France.
Suites and Staterooms
Setting a new standard in ship design, Celebrity Edge and its new class of ship have birthed a cruise concept that merges the worlds of design and travel. With this in mind, famed London designer Kelly Hoppen took the lead on the suites and staterooms, bringing her deceptively simple, warm palette into Celebrity’s onboard retreats. In a subtle fusion of East meets West, her clean lines and neutral tones blend with sumptuous opulence. The textures, fabrics, palettes—everything—was chosen to make unwinding at sea just as easy as unwinding at home. “We wanted to create a long-lasting impression, a sanctuary that people will think about long after they’ve left the ship,” she told us during the early stages of the project.
Celebrity Edge more than doubled the number of available suites and added two new categories: the top-of-the-line Iconic Suites and the split-level Edge Villas. In the Iconic Suites, guests feel on top of the world from the unique locations high above the bridge with endless panoramic views. And with more than 2,500 square feet of indoor and outdoor opulence, they’re now the largest, and most luxurious, in the entire Celebrity fleet.
The split-level Edge Villas, a Hoppen favorite, wow with 950 square feet, a plunge pool, two-story windows, and direct walk-out access to The Retreat, exclusively for suite guests.
In the Edge Staterooms, guests will find the first-ever Infinite Verandas. Creating more space and a greater connection to the sea was a key factor, so now, with the touch of a button, the boundary between inside and outside disappears, letting guests walk out to the water’s edge. The entire living space becomes the veranda on command. This brilliant innovation expands each stateroom with more than 20 percent more outward-facing space, and not only changes the accommodations from inside, but also how the sides of the ship look from the outside—almost like a smooth wall of windows. Hoppen commented, “When we were shown the template of how this was going to evolve, it hit home to us the possibilities of what could actually happen on a cruise ship.” Hoppen also lent her taupe touch to the two-bedroom Penthouse Suites, 146 outward-facing Sky Suites, The Retreat for suite guests, The Retreat Sun Deck, The Retreat Lounge, and Luminae @ The Retreat.
After the details of the suites and staterooms stunned design aficionados and cruise lovers everywhere, Celebrity revealed another Edge surprise: Eden, a design and architectural feat.
Eden is a changing venue that engages all five senses, shifting its features from day to night. At 12,650 square feet, the space is bigger than the Hayden Planetarium in New York City. It spans three decks at the aft of the ship with almost 7,000 square feet of glass—the largest window to the world at sea.
Eden’s breathtaking design by Scott Butler was inspired by the Fibonacci sequence’s golden spiral, represented throughout nature. The golden spiral is brought to life in Eden through thoughtfully crafted architecture, such as the 295-foot serpentine ramp.
By morning, Eden is a chill escape for a book or coffee and a croissant, while taking in expansive views of the world. In the afternoon, it becomes more playful with culinary tastings, cocktail classes, and hands-on seminars, enhanced by sitar players and aerialists. As the sun sets, the evening ushers in Eve at Eden, a sinful fusion of performance art, epicurean exploration, and indulging nightlife. In the Eden Restaurant, “Edenists” serve a choreographed series of culinary temptations.
As dinner comes to an end, guests are prompted by sensory cues back upstairs, past the Tree of Life—a continuation of the tradition and evolution of the living-tree installation aboard Celebrity’s Solstice Class ships—to Deck 5. Here, the Library of Plants by designer Patricia Urquiola towers 18 feet above Eden Bar, offering its bounty of fresh ingredients and garnishes for hand-crafted, artisanal cocktails.
Magic Carpet and Onboard Experiences
Perched on the starboard side of the ship, the new Magic Carpet makes Celebrity Edge’s sleek profile recognizable from miles away. The size of a tennis court, this incredible engineering wonder is the world’s first cantilevered venue that vertically travels 13 stories on the outside of the ship. Celebrated architect Tom Wright of WKK created the all-new at-sea feature, designing it with a yacht-like, breezy, casual vibe with seating, a full bar, and space for live music.
Magic Carpet transforms into an exciting new venue as it meets each new deck. At the summit of the ship on Deck 16, it becomes a specialty restaurant offering “Dinner on the Edge.” Alongside Deck 14, it transforms into an open-air expansion of the main pool area. On Deck 5, the space extends one of the ship’s specialty restaurants into the most daring al fresco seating imaginable, and at its lowest position on Deck 2, Magic Carpet is a key component to the Destination Gateway, a luxury debarkation station where guests will be whisked away aboard sleek Edge Launches.
Also imagined by Wright, the Rooftop Garden, as part of the Resort Deck, is one of Edge’s many spaces that lures guests out to relax and play. Tended daily by a resident horticulturist, it is the perfect place for guests to enjoy games and activities throughout the day. At night, it is home to live music and the outdoor movie-and-meal pairing of “A Taste of Film.”
Celebrity Edge will spend her inaugural season sailing alternating seven-night eastern and western Caribbean itineraries before transporting guests to the stunning vistas of the Mediterranean with a range of seven- to 11-night sailings from iconic cities like Barcelona and Rome in 2019. Homeporting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the revolutionary ship will make her maiden voyage on November 21, 2018.
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