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Celebrity Edge – External Rendering

March 22, 2017

Click to enlarge (Courtesy Celebrity Cruises)

So we finally see an external rendering of ‘Edge’.

The bow design is very similar to that of the  AIDA newbuilds and NCL’s Leonardo newbuild (see NCL images below).  I like it.  It’s quite different from the traditional bow form. I assume that it performs better?

The ‘Magic Carpet’ (moving platform) located only on the starboard side looks a little ungainly. It remains to be seen if it is a ‘real’ innovation or a ‘gimmick’. I do note that it can act as a tender platform.

There are plenty of front facing windows, above the bridge, over several decks for a lounge/buffet/restaurant etc.

The funnel looks cool from this angle.

There does not appear to be any large wrap-around promenade deck on the port or starboard side, apart from behind the lifeboats. Most of the public deck space appears to be on the sun-deck.

Malcolm

Celebrity Edge – The Movie

March 20, 2017

Above: The official ‘Celebrity Edge’ reveal movie.

Celebrity has finally 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.

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Click to enlarge. (Courtesy Celebrity Cruises)

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.

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.

Interlocking staterooms + infinity verandas (Click to enlarge)

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.

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 2,918 passenger (3,373 max), 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.

(Celebrity)

Celebrity Edge Revealed

March 13, 2017

Click to enlarge (Courtesy Celebrity)

Celebrity has finally 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.

(Celebrity)

Malcolm says: Well the wait is over, we now know some details about “Celebrity Edge, a ship designed to leave the future behind”.

It’s nice to see Celebrity have only gone a little bigger than the ‘Solstice’ class, but have slightly passenger numbers compared to ‘Reflection’, for example. She’s still a mega-ship though.

A better connection with the sea has become an industry goal (NCL Breakaway, MSC Seaview, etc.) after a period when mega-ships (like RCI’s Voyager class) were very inward-focussed, with the ship becoming more important than the sea. Some mega-ships offered few sea views from their public rooms.  Celebrity have embraced the ‘outward facing’ concept with ‘Edge’.

We still do not entirely know what Edge will actually look like, but we do know a lot about the accommodation and the ‘Resort Deck’.  As I predicted below the ‘Infinite Veranda’ staterooms is a nice idea that is borrowed form European river boats.

I’m not sure if the ‘Magic Carpet’ is a great innovation or a bit of a gimmick – only time will tell. It certainly will not accommodate many passengers. (I was never a  fan of the Oasis classes ‘Rising Tide’ bar).  It will give the ship a strange lopsided appearance.

The only problem with all of those wonderfully spacious  Suites and Villas, is that most of us will never get to stay in one. I saw a price of around $19,399 per person, for a ‘Iconic Suite’ on the maiden cruise. I wonder how much it would cost to charter a private yacht for a week?

Comments Welcome!

Has The Mega-Ship ‘Bubble’ Burst?

March 3, 2017

Pop?

We have come a long way since the ill fated RMS Titanic was the world’s biggest ship. Today a ship of the Titanic’s size (about 46,000 gross tonnes) would be regarded as ‘small’.

However, has the mega-ship ‘bubble’ finally burst?

Royal Caribbean’s ‘Oasis’ class of ships are currently the world biggest cruise ship. ‘Oasis Of The Seas’ entered service in 2007 at around 225,000 gross tonnes. She was more than twice the size* of many of her rivals. She currently has two sisters, which are both slightly bigger.

We are now experience a ‘boom’ period of  shipbuilding. However ten years on, the ‘Oasis’ class is still the biggest cruise ship design by far, with nothing bigger on the horizon.

Very big ships do of course have the space for some amazing public rooms, suites and facilities on board. The cruise line also benefit from the economies-of-scale that such a big ship brings.

However ports of call and cruise terminals can be a major issue. Some ports simply cannot physically accommodate such a big ships and their thousands of passengers.

Let’s not forget that some passengers simply do not want to share their cruise with 5,000 other people. They are looking for a more intimate experience.

No one appears to be planning to build a bigger ship than the ‘Oasis’ class, including Royal Caribbean, as far as we know. In fact mega-ships design appears to be shrinking a little.

For many years now, it has been the norm that a cruise lines next class of ship would be bigger than the previous one. However, the Royal Caribbean class which superseded the ‘Oasis’ class,  called the’Quantum’ class is around 168,000 gt.

Royal Caribbean’s ‘Project Icon’ (2022) newbuilds will be around 200,000 gt so a step up from the ‘Quantum’ class. However this is still significantly smaller than their ‘Oasis’ class.

NCL’s recently announced new ships will be around 140,000 gt. Once again this is significantly smaller than their current class, the ‘Breakaway Plus’ at 164,000 gt.

The Exceptions To The Rule

They are exceptions to the rule. Some cruise lines will be building their biggest vessels yet, within the next few year and are definitely not down-sizing.

Carnival have  newbuilds on order for their brands: Carnival, Costa, AIDA and P&O (2019-22), at around 180,000 gt.

The Mediterranean shipping company are also undergoing an impressive expansion over the next few years.

MSC Seaside (Nov. 2017) will be 154,000 gt. Meraviglia (May 2017) will be 167,000 gt and  Megaviglia Plus (2019) will be 177,000. MSC’s ‘World Class ships (2022-2026) will be an impressive 200,000 gt.

Genting (Star cruises) have their ‘Global Class’ ship (2019-20) on order at  to 200,000 gt. Either  Genting’s ‘Global Class’ and MSC’s ‘World Class’ will be the world’s second biggest class of ship, depending which on is bigger. However it will still be 25,000 gt smaller than the Oasis class.

So back to the opening question: has the mega-ship bubble burst? Will anybody ever build a ship bigger than RCI’s Oasis class?

To be honest, I don’t know. Maybe ship size has reached it’s practical limit. Maybe not?

Malcolm

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*(Gross tonnage is a measurement of a ships volume, not weight. GT is the standard way to compare ship sizes to each other).

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!