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cruis­ers will agree that a ship is the des­ti­na­tion, not just the jour­ney, and given that they’re float­ing ho­tels, it’s only right to add one to this list.

The big­gest cruis­ing news this year has been the new Celebrity Edge built by Celebrity Cruises. Be­gin­ning her in­au­gu­ral sail­ing sea­son on De­cem­ber 9, there’s been a lot of hype around the Mi­ami-based ves­sel be­cause of her “in­no­va­tive” de­sign. This in­cludes a “magic car­pet”, which is a multi-level plat­form that climbs the side of the ship and trans­forms from a ten­der gate­way to an open-air restau­rant. There are also veranda state­rooms that al­low guests to walk to the wa­ter’s edge.

“Celebrity Edge has ab­so­lutely smashed the mould when it comes to cruise-ship de­sign,” says Celebrity Cruises (Aus­tralia and NZ) vice pres­i­dent Su­san Bon­ner.

Although Edge’s first sea­son will be spent sail­ing the Caribbean, be­fore she moves onto the Mediter­ranean, Aus­tralia is her third big­gest mar­ket, af­ter the UK and US. “Celebrity Edge’s voy­ages are al­ready hugely pop­u­lar with Aus­tralians, with some of her Caribbean and Europe sail­ings sold out and close to sold,” Su­san says.

NEW ZEALAND

CLIA Aus­trala­sia and Asia man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Joel Katz said in the Septem­ber re­port.

TAS­MA­NIA NORTH­ERN TER­RI­TORY

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