Arrivals & Departures Celebrity pulls out all stops for new ship class

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A ship-climbing magic carpet platform, infinite verandas and new room categories: the first look at Celebrity Edge is exciting.

The design reveal of Celebrity Edge, Celebrity Cruises’ first new ship class in 10 years, shows a ship with a list of firsts.

One of the most innovative is the Magic Carpet platform. Cantilevered from the side and giving the ship a distinctive profile, the tennis-court sized platform scales the 16-deck ship through the day and evening, positioning at four of the ship’s decks.

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

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

On deck five, Magic Carpet extends one of the ship’s specialty restaurants offering alfresco seating.

At its lowest position on Deck two, Magic Carpet is part of Destination Gateway, a luxury embarkation station.

The 2918-guest ship also sees a significant reworking of the accommodation.

Staterooms erase the boundaries between the traditional ship stateroom and its veranda, creating a closer connection to the ocean. The new Edge Stateroom with Infinite Veranda turns guest quarters into a seamless space, from the room's door all the way to the water’s edge.

Guests can push a button for open-air access to the sea, while another button allows guests to control and personalise everything from lighting, shades, temperature and service – even choosing a setting to tuck them in or gently wake them.

The design adds 23 per cent more area and 10 per cent larger bathrooms compared with Celebrity’s Solstice Class.

With the rethink of accommodation design comes two new accommodation categories and a doubling of the number of suites.

At the top of the line are two new Iconic Suites above the ship’s bridge. These 792sqm two-bedroom, two-bathroom suites have great views thanks to the panoramic windows enveloping the dining room, living room and bedrooms. The 213sqm veranda offers a 270-degree view of the ocean.

Another new suite class comprises six split-level Edge Villas, offering views from two-storey windows, private plunge pools and direct walk-out access to the Retreat Sundeck and its private pool.

The Retreat also features a the Retreat Lounge with around-the-clock personal butler service, and the exclusive suite-class restaurant, Luminae @ The Retreat.

There are also two two-bedroom, two-bathroom Penthouse Suites with soaking tubs on the veranda, dual walk-through showers, and walk-in closets, as well as 146 large, outward-facing Sky Suites.

Set to lure guests is the Rooftop Garden, designed for games and activities through the day and, at night, live music and the outdoor movie-and-meal pairing of "A Taste of Film.”

Celebrity Edge will homeport in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with its first sailing on December 16, 2018. Bookings are now open for the ship’s two seven-night itineraries.

An eastern Caribbean cruise visits San Juan, Puerto Rico; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; and Philipsburg, St Maarten. The western Caribbean cruise calls at Key West, Florida; Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico; and George Town, Grand Cayman.

Travellers will also have the option to book back-to-back sailings for a 14-night journey.

Celebrity Edge will be joined by three sister ships in 2020, 2021 and 2022. 

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