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The Future Of Cruising: Most Luxurious Ship Ever Built – Celebrity Edge – Launches

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The most anticipated ship of the year, Celebrity Cruises’ billion dollar Celebrity Edge has launched in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, ready for her maiden guest voyage on December 9 2018.

Created in collaboration with world-renowned interior designer Kelly Hoppen and architect of Dubai’s Burj Al Arab Hotel Tom Wright (WKK), the 2,918 guest Celebrity Edge is a ship designed to shatter all expectations of the cruise experience.

“Celebrity Edge is already hugely popular with Australians. With thousands already booked for her Europe and Caribbean sailings, Australia is now the third highest source market for this ship,” says Susan Bonner, Vice President and Managing Director, Celebrity Cruises Australia and NZ, “Edge is simply sensational, a ship of unparalleled sophistication and design that wraps her guests up in beauty, bringing them closer to the sea than any ship before her. So many people have never considered cruising as a holiday option – this ship is absolutely going to change their minds.”

Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd Richard D. Fain, said: “The arrival of Celebrity Edge today book-ends a major chapter in the growth of Celebrity Cruises. It’s the culmination of years of dreaming, designing and dedication to bring this magnificent ship to life. A new era is truly upon us.”

Features of the ultra-luxurious Celebrity Edge include:

The Magic Carpet – an open-air venue cantilevered off the side of the ship that moves between decks according to mood and function.

o At the summit of the ship on Deck 16, the Magic Carpet becomes the ultimate specialty restaurant offering a special “Dinner on the Edge” for 90 guests.

o Alongside Deck 14, Magic Carpet becomes an open-air expansion of the main pool area.

o On Deck 5, Magic Carpet extends one of the ship’s specialty restaurants into the most amazing al fresco seating imaginable

o At its lowest position on Deck 2, Magic Carpet is a key component to the Destination Gateway, a luxury embarkation station where guests will be whisked away aboard sleek tender ships called Edge Launches.

The Spa – a 2000 square metre sprawling space inspired by the soothing elements of nature with panoramic ocean views. Featuring more than 124 treatments, 31 therapists and signature offerings such as the Ocean Spa Wave Massage, Hot Mineral Body Boost, Poultice-Powered Muscle Release, Zero Gravity Wellness Massage, The Spa is the ultimate pampering at sea.

Eden – A multi-level transformative space with floor to ceiling glass looking out to the ocean. Eden is a transformative atmosphere that changes function according to the time of day – from “chillful mornings” to “playful afternoons” and “sinful evenings.”

Rooftop Garden: a living urban playscape inspired by childhood playgrounds. Brought to life with the help of architect Tom Wright, it’s a lively, spacious environment perfect for slowing down, wandering, and daydreaming.

Grand Theatre – Created in collaboration with award-winning architect and designer Scott Butler, founding partner of Wilson Butler Architects, The Theatre on Celebrity Edge throws away the curtain altogether, blurring the line between audience and performance and immersing guests in an entertainment experience like no other.
World Class Dining – Michelin-starred chef Cornelius Gallagher has curated menus of all 29 unique food and beverage experiences onboard Celebrity Edge

Infinite Veranda Staterooms – rooms that transform your entire living area into the veranda with the touch of a button.
· Split-level Edge Villas, which offer stunning views from two stories of windows, private plunge pools and direct walk-out access to The Retreat Sundeck. Hoppen also designed the two two-bedroom, two-bathroom Penthouse Suites with large soaking tubs on the veranda, large dual walk-through showers, and expansive walk-in closets, and the 146 large, outward-facing Sky Suites. All suites and double occupancy Edge Staterooms are fitted with exclusively designed plush king-size cashmere mattresses – an industry first – and offer personal butler services and access to The Retreat.

Celebrity Edge embarked on the more-than 4,000-mile transatlantic voyage from the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France, on November 4, 2018, with more than 1,400 crew members on board. Along the way, the cutting-edge new ship visited ports in both Azores, Portugal, and Freeport, Bahamas.

Celebrity Edge begins her inaugural season sailing alternating seven-night eastern and western Caribbean cruise itineraries, with her Maiden Western Caribbean voyage departing on December 9, 2018, and her Maiden Eastern Caribbean voyage departing on December 16, 2018. Then, in spring of 2019, Celebrity Edge crosses the Atlantic again to offer guests stunning vistas of the Mediterranean with a range of seven- to 11-night sailings visiting iconic cities, including Barcelona and Rome.

Bookings for Celebrity Edge are now open at or through a travel agent. Celebrity Edge will be joined by her sister ship, Celebrity Apex, in 2020, and two additional ships in the Edge Series will follow in 2021 and 2022.

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