Archive for the ‘Celebrity cruises’ Category

Celebrity Announces 2019 European Program

October 18, 2017

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Celebrity Cruises has announced its 2019 European deployment, highlighted by the new Celebrity Edge, which will spend the summer sailing in the Mediterranean.

The new state-of-the-art Celebirty Edge will offer seven- to 11-night sailings from Barcelona and Rome. . The itineraries will also feature two of the new ports of call: Nauplion, Greece, and Santa Margherita, Italy.

In addition to Celebrity Edge, four more ships will be in Europe: the Celebrity Infinity, Celebrity Constellation, Celebrity Reflection, and Celebrity Silhouette.

In 2019, Celebrity Infinity will return to Europe for the first time since 2014, offering seven- to 12-night itineraries with to countries such as Italy, Malta, Greece, and Croatia.

The Celebrity Constellation will also be returning to Europe in 2019 with new itineraries, including visits to a brand-new port of call, Rijeka, Croatia. The ship will offer sailings from Venice, Barcelona and Rome.

For the 2019 season, Celebrity Reflection will call Dublin and Amsterdam home with eight- to 12-night sailings across northern Europe, from the British Isles to Scandinavia, Russia, and Iceland.

The Celebrity Silhouette returns to Southampton in 2019 to offer a variety of three- to 14-night sailings.

(Celebrity)

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Celebrity Edge To Target Conference Market

October 2, 2017

Celebrity Cruises aims to attract conferences and trade shows to its new design-led ship Celebrity Edge.

The latest feature to be unveiled on the vessel is a 1,970-square-foot venue called The Meeting Place.

Designed by Wilson Butler Architects, the space will include advanced audiovisual capabilities, varied seating options, private office space for event planners, mobile bars set up for food and drinks and a fully equipped pantry.

Sales, trade support and service senior vice president Dondra Ritzenthaler said: “Of course, the most advanced ship we’ve ever designed would include the most exciting venues for get-togethers, including The Meeting Place.

The Meeting Place (Courtesy Celebrity)

Previously unveiled venues on Celebrity Edge are also available for private events and meetings, including Eden which spans three decks; the cantilevered Magic Carpet on the side of the ship; the Rooftop Garden; and high-tech Destination Gateway. Each venue offers audio-visual capabilities.

Celebrity Edge is due to enter service in October 2018 with sailings on two seven-night itineraries to the Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale in Florida.

Sister ship Celebrity Beyond will follow in spring 2020 with third and fourth Celebrity Edge class ships joining the fleet in late 2021 and 2022 respectively.

(Celebrity)

Celebrity Edge, more info. HERE

Big New Ships

August 18, 2017

Above: Celebrity Edge see HERE

Above: NCL Leonardo see HERE

Above: MSC Seaside see HERE

Above: MSC Meraviglia see HERE

Above: P&O 185,000 gt ship see HERE

Celebrity Edge: Eden Revealed

June 28, 2017

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Eden is an evolution of Celebrity’s Sky and Observation lounges, with an added, garden-like feel. Since a closer connection to the sea is one of Celebrity Edge’s guiding principles, the space is surrounded in glass.

Eden is a triple-deck, glass-enclosed lounge/restaurant with programming that changes throughout the day from chill, to playful, to sinful, is the latest exciting reveal for Celebrity Edge.

Spanning Decks 4, 5 and 6 aft and measuring 368,640 cubic feet, Eden melds gastronomic exploration with performance art and lush nature—all spiraled into one gasp-worthy space.

‘We thought we’d have some fun,’ Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, president and ceo, Celebrity Cruises, told Seatrade Cruise News. ‘It starts out as a chillful, beautiful, pure place. You can go in the morning and sit in a swing and hear a sitar. There’s alfresco dining on both sides. Then it starts transforming, getting a little more playful during the day. It will have pop-up entertainment, lectures, culinary and wine tastings. You can also get a great, quick, light lunch.’

After dark, though, ‘As in Eden, after Eve took a bite out of the apple, it got a bit sinful.’

Patrons can come for a set, five-course dinner or drinks. At the end of the night there will be a ‘surprise, crescendo experience,’ Lutoff-Perlo said.

Eden – A 90-meter ramp provides panoramic views. (Celebrity).

A 90-meter ramp provides panoramic views, both inward and outward.

World-renowned designer Patricia Urquiola, a Spaniard resident who creates unconventional, experimental furniture and spectacular hotel interiors dreamed up Eden’s towering ‘Library of Plants,’ the hanging plant pillars and distinctive furniture.

Also, Variety Worldwide, the nightlife impresarios behind Queen of the Night—a fusion of dance, music, fashion, circus, culinary delights and theater—created an experience that will transform Eden after dark with some edgy elements.

Eden (Courtesy Celebrity)

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Malcolm says: call me sceptical but i’m not over excited about ‘Eden’ (or the ‘Magic Carpet’ for that matter).

Eden looks like a nice lounge with sea views, some food, some plants and some entertainment.  However that’s hardly innovative. In fact it reminds me of RCI’s ‘Quantum’ class 360 Degree lounge, not surprising as RCI own Celebrity.

Observation lounges and winter-gardens, on-board ships, must date back some 70 years or more.

I rather suspicious that the video needs 7 minutes to explain what it all means and just how good it is. The best ideas are often simple ones!

I would have thought that Celebrity passengers primarily want good food and service, rather than gimmicks.

In fairness,  I was not impressed with the idea of Oasis’s ‘Central Park’ when I first read about it. It sounded like a very big ‘gimmick’ to me. However when I actually saw and experienced it, I realised what a lovely space it was.

The moral of this story is that I don’t always know what I’m talking about. I should give Celebrity the benefit of the doubt and wait and see.

Keel Laid for Celebrity Edge

June 21, 2017

(Courtesy STX)

Today, the ceremonial keel laying took place for Celebrity Edge in Saint-Nazaire, France at STX France.

Celebrity Edge will homeport in Fort Lauderdale, FL., making her inaugural sailing on December 16, 2018.

The Ship

(Courtesy Celebrity)

Celebrity revealed that ‘Celebrity Edge’ has an “outward facing design”, which is a quest for a better connection with the sea.

Edge has a Magic Carpet, staterooms with infinite verandas, designer suites and a Rooftop Garden with artificial trees.

The Magic Carpet, by visionary architect Tom Wright, is a platform the size of a tennis court that’s cantilevered from the side of the ship. It serves as a lounge-like tender embarkation area where travellers will be taken ashore via Edge tenders.

The Magic Carpet can rise from sea level all the way up to Deck 16, where a ‘Dinner on the Edge’ experience for up to 90 people will be unlike any other. Or, when alongside Deck 14, the Magic Carpet becomes an extension of the pool area. And, at Deck 5, it provides alfresco seating for the restaurants.

The resort deck, also by Wright, features a Rooftop Garden with artificial trees and plentiful cabanas .  Continuing the quest for a better connection to the sea, the resort deck has sun-loungers which face outward, overlooking the ocean. At night, the space will transform for live music and movie/meal area.

The design of the Edge Staterooms addresses what passengers have always asked for: bigger bathrooms, bigger beds, more storage, more living area and a closer connection to the sea.

The Edge staterooms (900 of them, with 16 for single passengers) will have infinity verandas, making them 23% bigger than the industry standard.

The veranda have elegant French doors, when opened make the veranda a seamless part of the room. When those French doors are closed, creating a separate veranda area, the top of a floor-to-ceiling outside window can be lowered to the open air. (As on board many European river boats).

Celebrity Edge more than doubled the number of suites compared to the industry standard. The Retreat, featuring a private pool, lounge and the exclusive restaurant Luminae form a new, exclusive suites area.

Two suite categories are new. The top grade: a pair of ‘Iconic Suites’, positioned above the bridge. These are over nearly 2,600 square feet with two bedrooms and two baths, panoramic windows and a 700-square-foot veranda with 270-degree views.

Also new are the six split-level Edge Villas, with stunning views from two stories of windows, private plunge pools and direct walk-out access to The Retreat Sundeck.

(Courtesy Celebrity)

The 146 Sky Suites were redesigned with beds that face the balcony, and each has a rocking chair. The bathroom bath has a large oval tub with shower and a view of the sea.

All suites and double occupancy staterooms are fitted with plush king-sized cashmere mattresses, with queen-sized mattresses in the solo rooms.

In all accommodations, small touchscreens control temperature, ‘scenes’, such as romantic mood lighting, curtains, a ‘green’ mode and service request icons.

Celebrity Edge’s maiden revenue cruise sails Dec. 16, 2018. Reservations open today. The ship will alternate weekly cruises to the eastern and western Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale’s Port Everglades.

The 2,900-passenger, 129,500 gross tonne ship will be based at Port Everglades’ Terminal 25, which is being designed with a tailor-made experience especially for Edge.

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Eden – A 90-meter ramp provides panoramic views. (Celebrity).

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Celebrity Edge – ‘Eden’ revealed – HERE

Video tour of Infinite Veranda stateroom HERE

Large and Larger

March 5, 2013
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‘Celebrity Solstice’ (122,000 gt, 2,850 passengers) dwarfed ‘Oasis of the Seas’ (225,000 gt, 5,400 passengers).  Solstice is hardly a small ship!