A Ship De­signed to Trans­form Ex­pec­ta­tions

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Celebrity Cruises de­liv­ers a first look at the trans­for­ma­tional Celebrity Edge, with dra­mat­i­cally ex­panded state­rooms, ship-climb­ing Magic Car­pet plat­form and stun­ning suites set­ting a new stan­dard for ship de­sign.

De­signed com­pletely in 3-D, and fea­tur­ing the work of A-list global ar­chi­tects and de­sign­ers, the 2,918 guest Celebrity Edge aims to make dis­cern­ing global trav­ellers re­de­fine how they ex­pe­ri­ence the world and how in­ti­mate a hol­i­day can be.

“Celebrity Edge is one of the most ex­cit­ing, in­no­va­tive and trans­for­ma­tional ships I have ever been in­volved with,” said Richard D. Fain, Chair­man and CEO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. “The new fea­tures and re­fined de­sign will es­tab­lish a new base­line for ships from here on out.”

“Our guests don’t want to just skim the world like a mag­a­zine… they want to feel a hu­man con­nec­tion with it,” said Lisa Lut­off-Perlo, Pres­i­dent and CEO, Celebrity Cruises. “Ev­ery el­e­ment of Celebrity Edge is meant to make that con­nec­tion in­tense and unforgettable. Our new class of ship will al­low guests to ex­pe­ri­ence their jour­neys with the unique­ness and so­phis­ti­ca­tion that marks the rest of their lives.” Trans­for­ma­tional De­sign: Celebrity made the most of its first new ship class in 10 years, bring­ing in a de­sign and ar­chi­tec­tural dream team from around the globe to push the bound­aries of ship de­sign and to evolve lux­ury travel at sea,

in­clud­ing in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned in­te­rior de­signer, Kelly Hop­pen MBE of Kelly Hop­pen In­te­ri­ors, and vi­sion­ary ar­chi­tect Tom Wright of WKK. Amer­i­can de­signer Nate Berkus serves as Celebrity Edge’s de­sign am­bas­sador. To­gether with other de­sign­ers, the team ar­rived at de­signs that are fresh, ex­cit­ing, cur­rent and com­fort­able… the essence of Celebrity’s Mod­ern Lux­ury style. Trans­for­ma­tional Ac­com­mo­da­tions: Rev­o­lu­tion­ary state­rooms erase the bound­aries be­tween the tra­di­tional ship state­room and its ve­randa, cre­at­ing a closer con­nec­tion to the ocean.

The new Edge State­room with In­fi­nite Ve­randa turns guest quar­ters into a seam­less space, from the room’s door all the way to the wa­ter’s edge. The sim­ple touch of a but­ton gives guests open-air ac­cess to the sea, bring­ing the out­side in and the in­side out. With the touch of an­other but­ton, guests can take com­plete con­trol of their state­room and per­son­alise ev­ery­thing from light­ing, shades, tem­per­a­ture and ser­vice – even choos­ing a set­ting to tuck them in or gen­tly wake them.

The de­sign adds 23% more square me­tres and 10% larger bath­rooms than Celebrity’s Sol­stice Class.

‘The Re­treat’ Of­fers Spec­tac­u­lar New Ex­pe­ri­ences and Suite Cat­e­gories

The ul­ti­mate sanc­tu­ary for world trav­ellers will be the new pri­vate utopia called The Re­treat, fea­tur­ing a pri­vate pool on The Re­treat Sun­deck. Also part of this spe­cial space is The Re­treat Lounge, which brings height­ened lev­els of style and so­phis­ti­ca­tion to Celebrity Edge and boasts around-the-clock per­sonal but­ler ser­vice, and the ex­clu­sive Suite Class res­tau­rant Lu­mi­nae @ The Re­treat.

With Celebrity Edge, Celebrity has more than dou­bled the num­ber of avail­able suites, adding two spec­tac­u­lar new cat­e­gories. At the top of the line are two new Iconic Suites si­t­u­ated above the ship’s bridge.

These near 792 sqm, two-bed­room, two-bath­room suites fea­ture mind-blow­ing views thanks to panoramic win­dows en­velop­ing the din­ing room, liv­ing room and bed­rooms. The 213 sqm ve­randa of­fers a 270-de­gree view of the ocean. An­other new Suite Class com­prises six split-level Edge Vil­las, which of­fer stun­ning views from two sto­ries of win­dows, pri­vate plunge pools and di­rect walk­out ac­cess to The Re­treat Sun­deck. Hop­pen also de­signed the two two-bed­room, two-bath­room Pent­house Suites with large soak­ing tubs on the ve­randa, large dual walk-through show­ers, and ex­pan­sive walk-in clos­ets, and the 146 large, out­ward-fac­ing Sky Suites. All suites and dou­ble oc­cu­pancy Edge State­rooms are fit­ted with ex­clu­sively de­signed plush king-size cash­mere mat­tresses – an in­dus­try first – and of­fer per­sonal but­ler ser­vices and ac­cess to The Re­treat. Trans­for­ma­tional Des­ti­na­tion Ex­pe­ri­ence: The Rooftop Gar­den is one of many spa­ces aboard Celebrity Edge that will lure guests out to re­lax and play. Imag­ined by cel­e­brated ar­chi­tect Tom Wright, the Rooftop Gar­den, tended daily by a

res­i­dent hor­ti­cul­tur­ist, is the per­fect place for guests to en­joy games and ac­tiv­i­ties through the day. At night, it is home to live mu­sic and the out­door movie-and-meal pair­ing of ‘A Taste of Film’. The World’s First Magic Car­pet: Can­tilevered from the side of the ship, the Magic Car­pet makes Celebrity Edge’s dis­tinc­tive pro­file recog­nis­able from miles away. The size of a ten­nis court, this in­cred­i­ble en­gi­neer­ing feat scales the 16-deck ship through the day and evening, po­si­tion­ing at four of the ship’s decks, trans­form­ing into a new and ex­cit­ing ex­pe­ri­ence at each one.

At the sum­mit of the ship on Deck 16, the Magic Car­pet be­comes the ul­ti­mate spe­cialty res­tau­rant of­fer­ing a spe­cial ‘Din­ner on the Edge’ for 90 guests. Along­side Deck 14, Magic Car­pet be­comes an open-air ex­pan­sion of the main pool area. On Deck 5, Magic Car­pet ex­tends one of the ship’s spe­cialty restau­rants into the most amaz­ing al fresco seat­ing imag­in­able, and at its low­est po­si­tion on Deck 2, Magic Car­pet is a key com­po­nent to the Des­ti­na­tion Gate­way, a lux­ury em­barka­tion sta­tion where guests will be whisked away aboard sleek Edge Launches. Book­ing a Trans­for­ma­tional Hol­i­day: Celebrity Edge will home­port in Fort Laud­erdale, Florida mak­ing her first sail­ing on De­cem­ber 16th 2018. Celebrity Edge will be joined by three sis­ter ships in 2020, 2021 and 2022. www.celebri­ty­cruises.com/edge

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