Celebrity Edge is arguably the most anticipated new cruise ship which is set to launch this year, featuring a whole host of design innovations and industry firsts!
Jo Rzymowska who is the Vice President and Managing Director for Celebrity Cruises in the UK & Ireland and Asia accepted our invitation to take part in this exclusive Q&A interview all about Celebrity Cruises and the exciting new Celebrity Edge.
Can you give us a brief overview of Celebrity Edge?
Celebrity Edge is the newest ship to join the Celebrity Cruises fleet, and is set to revolutionise the cruise experience for our guests and transform what a ship is capable of. Celebrity Cruises’ design team has collaborated with A-list architects and designers, including Kelly Hoppen MBE, Tom Wright and Patricia Urquiola, to create a modern luxury destination focused design.
At the heart of Celebrity Edge’s unique outward-facing design, are the Infinite Verandas which break from traditional ship design and allow for staterooms to grow by 23 percent and provide 10 percent more bathroom space. The simple touch of a button gives guests open-air access to the sea, bringing the outside in and the inside out.
The cantilevered Magic Carpet sets Celebrity Edge apart, as it is an architectural triumph and transformational space, changing from a luxury embarkation station on deck 2, to a restaurant extension on deck 5, a pool deck extension on deck 16, then into a thrilling dining experience, Dinner on the Edge, at its highest ascendance.
Celebrity Cruises prides itself on its culinary experiences, with Celebrity Edge providing guests with a choice of four complementary restaurants as well as 25 other speciality restaurants, bars and lounges.
The Rooftop Garden is just one example of the innovative design and use of space on board. The collaboration with Tom Wright brings a playful note to the urban landscape. The live plants and grand sculptures make for a wonderful green escape, perfect for day dreaming and enjoying the outdoors, whilst connecting guests with the world beyond.
How big will the ship be?
The ship welcomes 2,918 guests (double occupancy) with 3,373 being the total guest occupancy. It weighs in at 129,500 Gross Register Tonnage, and is 1,004 feet long and 128 feet wide.
What facilities will Celebrity Edge offer?
Celebrity Edge offers a fantastic fusion of activities and venues for its guests. The Edge Spa is an exciting new experience, where the treatments are infused with natural elements; The Rainfall water room, infrared sauna, and Crystalarium all enhance the concept of bringing the outside in.
Eden, designed by Patricia Urquiola, is a venue like no other having more outward facing glass than any other room at sea; a venue that transforms throughout the day from a ‘chillfull’ place of relaxation to a hive of ‘playful’ activity before embracing the ‘sinful’ evening entertainment.
The Retreat is an exclusive space for Suite Class guests designed by Kelly Hoppen and featuring its own private lounge bar, pool deck and restaurant.
What is the accommodation like on board?
The revolutionary design of the Infinite Verandas is an engineering triumph and the Edge Villas are a personal favourite. Their two story windows offer stunning views allowing the destination to become a part of the interior decoration; the personal plunge pools and two bedroom two bathroom penthouse suites are the ultimate luxury residence. Guests will have direct access into the exclusive Retreat and Butler service. There are also two new iconic suites situated above the ship’s bridge offering more spectacular panoramic views, a private dining room, and large personal veranda.
Where will Celebrity Edge cruise to?
Celebrity Edge’s first season will be in the Caribbean from this December sailing Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries out of Fort Lauderdale. In May, she sails to Europe for a summer of Mediterranean sailings between Barcelona and Rome.
When will Celebrity Edge set sail?
Celebrity Edge is due to set sail on its maiden voyage on 9 December 2018, for a seven-night Western Caribbean cruise departing from Fort Lauderdale, and visiting Key West, Costa Maya, Cozumel and George Town.
You’ve more Edge-class ships on the way, right?
Celebrity Edge is just the first of four Edge-class ships. We recently announced that work has started on Celebrity Apex. The sister ship is expected to make her debut in spring 2020, with the third and fourth Edge class ships arriving in autumn 2021 and autumn 2022.
Can you tell us about ‘The Celebrity Revolution’?
The Celebrity Revolution is a $500 million investment Celebrity Cruises is making in order to bring the entire fleet to the Edge. We want the sense of ultimate luxury embodied in Celebrity Edge to be shared across the fleet. We will transform the ships interiors by bringing Kelly Hoppen’s signature style of clean lines and opulence to the fore and introducing some of the same venues found on Celebrity Edge to the rest of the fleet. We aspire to elevate the experience for all our guests, not just those sailing on Celebrity Edge and are committed to refining every comfort.
What makes Celebrity Cruises different from other luxury cruise lines?
Celebrity Cruises offers modern luxury, outstanding service and a choice of inspirational global destinations to explore. In terms of Celebrity Edge the ship is taking the cruise line and industry to the next level of luxury travel.
We pride ourselves on our culinary prowess and are known for our exceptional dining experiences. Not only do we have the largest selection of speciality dining on board with our own Michelin starred chef, Cornelius Gallagher, curating deliciously exciting menus; our wine collection offers the most extensive selection of rare bottles at sea, which are looked after by our expert sommeliers.
Our shore excursions also set us apart as we provide opportunities for guests to truly immerse themselves in their new surroundings, encouraging them to explore the authentic heart of a destination, which in turn creates memories and experiences that will last a lifetime.
Chef’s Market Discoveries are a wonderful programme of shore excursion that invite guests to explore a destination with a Celebrity Cruises Chef as their guide, taking them to the rich local markets, restaurants, and artisanal stalls, where they can choose the freshest ingredients to be reimagined into a delicious dish to dine on that evening.
Our Global Destination Ambassador Ben Fogle has also curated some exceptional adventures for guests to enjoy, which can range from kayaking in Alaska to climbing a volcano in St. Kitts.