Not-so- Plain Sailing

Lux­u­ri­ous cruis­ing comes in a num­ber of guises.

Robb Report (Malaysia) - - Travel & Fine Dinning -

A242sqm-plus pad with a ve­randa and win­dows that en­velop the din­ing, liv­ing and bed­rooms, over­look­ing the ocean; a pent­house with walk-in closet, dual walk-through show­ers and a soak­ing tub; a glass- en­closed du­plex with pri­vate plunge pool. An ev­ery­day story of ul­tra-lux­ury apart­ments? Not quite.

These are all suites or vil­las on Celebrity Cruises’ new Celebrity Edge cruise liner de­signed by Dubai’s Burj al Arab ar­chi­tect, Bri­ton Tom Wright. High- tech fea­tures in­clude the Magic Car­pet, the world’s first can­tilevered, float­ing plat­form that soars 13 storeys above sea level.

In­side, Bri­tish in­te­rior de­signer Kelly Hop­pen MBE has put her sig­na­ture mark on the ac­com­mo­da­tion. “The con­cept of de­sign­ing in­di­vid­ual rooms on the sea was ir­re­sistible,” says Hop­pen. “We were in­spired by the no­tion that it is pos­si­ble to sail away from the de­mands of mod­ern liv­ing, and re­treat to a breath­tak­ing space with an end­lessly chang­ing view.” Clas­sic, el­e­gant glam­our com­bined with a pen­chant for geo­met­ric shapes is ex­pressed in a neu­tral pal­ette punc­tu­ated with colour­ful ac­cents. In ad­di­tion to the two Iconic Suites, she has fit­ted out the two Pent­house suites, six du­plex Edge and 146 Sky Suites in styles from ur­ban chic to the crisp blues of the Greek is­land of San­torini. Hop­pen loves tex­tures – and all suites have plush, king-sized cash­mere mat­tresses. In Lu­mi­nae Restau­rant, light­ing has been used to max­i­mum ef­fect to com­ple­ment the fit­tings and fin­ishes from the be­spoke c urated a rt­works t o the marble in­lays at the en­trance. www.celebri­ty­cruises.com ≠

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