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