The steel for Celebrity Cruises first Edge Class cruise ship launching in 2018 took place today at the STX shipyard in France. The name of the new ship was also unveiled as Celebrity Edge.
Celebrity Edge will be the first of four new-build cruise ships in the innovative Edge Class. The second ship will be named Celebrity Beyond and will launch in 2020. Each of the four ships will be 117,000 gross tonne and accommodate 2,900 passengers.
Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd said: "Edge Class is destined to be a trailblazer in modern luxury travel. The new ships will be on the cutting edge of innovation and the leading edge of design, so the ship names are spot on and offer a sense of how Celebrity Cruises is looking into the future."
Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, Celebrity's President and CEO, said: "We set the bar high for the architects and designers on Edge class, and we were rewarded with a stunning design. Cutting the ship's first piece of steel is the traditional first step in the shipbuilding process, and I'm excited to see our dreams turn into reality over the next 24 months."
She added: "We are excited to reveal more details soon, and travellers, trade partners and enthusiasts alike will not be disappointed — this ship is going to be amazing."
Laurent Castaing, General Manager STX France said: "Everyone involved in Edge has embraced the challenge of making this new class of ships dramatic and special, and we take great pride in helping Celebrity Cruises take such a remarkable step forward in ship design."
Celebrity Edge is expected to be delivered to Celebrity Cruises in Autumn 2018, following by Celebrity Beyond in Spring 2020. The third and fourth Edge Class ships will launch in 2021 and 2022.