Celebrity Cruises has unveiled designs of its new Edge-Class cruise ships. The first ship in the new class, Celebrity Edge is expected to launch in December 2018, followed by Celebrity Beyond in March 2020. Two further ships will follow in 2021 and 2022.
The new ships will be 129,500 gross tonnes and accommodate 2,918 guests at double occupancy or 3,373 at full capacity. They will measure over 300 metres in length and 39 metres wide.
Celebrity Edge will boast a total of 1,467 staterooms. Guests can choose from 29 different categories of staterooms and suites, which are listed into four main types, Inside, Ocean View, Veranda and Deluxe.
Award-winning designer, Kelly Hoppen has designed all of the ship’s staterooms and suites, transforming cruise ship accommodation.
The veranda staterooms on board have been completely re-thought and are like nothing that has come before. The new revolutionary design of the Infinite Veranda staterooms features bi-folding doors, which allow guests to transform their stateroom. The Veranda features a large window which at the touch of a button raises open or closes.
The 512 Infinite Veranda staterooms are 23 percent bigger than the Veranda staterooms on Solstice-Class ships and the bathrooms are 10 percent larger. The ships will also feature 16 Single Infinite Veranda staterooms, the first time Celebrity Cruises has ever had single accommodation.
An impressive 12 percent of the accommodation on board is suites, including two Penthouse Suites on Deck 12. Celebrity Cruises also unveiled two new categories of accommodation. Edge-Class ships will feature two Iconic Suites and six Edge Villas.
The two Iconic Suites are located on Deck 12, port and starboard, directly above the bridge, offering a better view than the Captain! Each cover 1892-square-feet and feature two bedrooms and a 689-square-feet veranda which extended over the bridge wings, private Jacuzzis and private cabanas.
The six two-level Edge Villas are located on Deck 15/16, two on the port side and four on the starboard side. These new suites feature an elevated master bedroom, spacious living room and two large bathrooms and even a private plunge pool. The Edge Villas also offer direct walk-out access to The Retreat Sundeck on Deck 16, which is part of Celebrity Cruises’ first suite guests only complex.
In general all accommodation is much more spacious and provides larger living areas, bathrooms, larger beds and more storage space. All double-occupancy staterooms will feature king-sized beds and single cabins will have queen-sized beds, but all will have cashmere bedding.
In addition there will also be 178 connecting staterooms. Guests will be able to access their staterooms or suite by using an app on their mobile phone.
The Magic Carpet
The Magic Carpet is quite possibly the most striking and unique feature on board. Weighing in at 90 tonnes and the size of a tennis court, Magic Carpet is a moveable deck which is suspended over the starboard side of the ship. It can be moved up and down, even to sea level and will be used for various different functions. It’s also open, so allows guests to feel at one with the ocean.
On Deck 2 it will be used as a tender embarkation platform, helping to ease the transition of guests from the ship to the tenders. Celebrity Cruises have even re-designed their tenders, which will now offer added padded seating and air conditioning.
On Deck 5, the Magic Carpet becomes a venue where guests can enjoy lunch, serving as an al fresco extension to a raw bar restaurant.
Moving up to Deck 14, adjacent to the pool deck, the Magic Carpet will be used for late-night parties and sail away parties too.
At the very top of the ship on Deck 16, the Magic Carpet becomes an alternative restaurant for up to 100 guests to dine in. Each night will offer a different theme.
The Resort Deck
What may have previously been known as the pool deck is now referred to as the resort deck. The unique area on Deck 14 has been designed by architect Tom Wright and is designed to be outward facing.
The deck area features a large 25-yard lap pool, an oversized spectacular sculpture and two two-deck high Jacuzzis in the shape of a martini glass which overlook the pool. Large windows offer views like never before and poolside chaise lounges face the sea, rather than the pool.
The resort deck will also feature six enormous, 165-square-feet 18 feet high private cabanas, which are located on the starboard side of Deck 14, nearby to the pool.
The Rooftop Garden
Located towards the stern on Deck 15, the Rooftop Garden is filled with real living plants, foliage, and sophisticated tree-like sculptures.
During the daytime it will host yoga classes and games. At night guests can enjoy a meal whilst watching live music performances or movies at A Taste of Film.
The Rooftop Garden will also feature an alternative restaurant. The Rooftop Garden Grill will serve gourmet burgers during the day and will transform into a barbecue at night.
The Retreat is a luxurious, private area of the ships, comprising of indoor and outdoor areas, which is exclusive to those guests booked in a suite.
The Retreat Sun Deck is the perfect place to soak up the sun. The spacious outdoor area features a large pool, hot tub and even Pool Butlers. Located nearby is The Retreat Lounge, which is available 24 hours a day. Guests will have access to a concierge, who can make any arrangement, both whilst on board and ashore when in port.
On Deck 12 is Luminae, an exclusive suite-only restaurant, which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Located on Deck 14 is the adults-only Solarium. The enclosed two-deck high venue, with large windows and glass roof features a pool and Jacuzzis.
The first Edge-Class ship, Celebrity Edge will depart on her maiden voyage from Fort Lauderdale, Florida on 23 December 2018. The ship will offer eastern and western Caribbean cruises, with ports of call including; San Juan, Tortola, and St Maarten. Western Caribbean cruises will sail to Key West, Costa Maya, Cozumel and Grand Cayman.