Posts Tagged ‘Celebrity Cruises’

22 Expedition Ships On Order

November 22, 2017

A record-breaking cruise ship orderbook is also playing to the surging expedition market.

The new Celebrity Flora made it a total of 22 total expedition ships on order when the newbuild deal was announced on Nov. 16.

Full ‘Cruise industry News’ article: HERE

Celebrity Flora – click to enlarge (Courtesy Celebrity)

Introducing Celebrity Flora

Joining our fleet in 2019, Celebrity Cruises introduces Celebrity Flora, the first ship of its kind ever to be designed and built specifically with the destination in mind – in this case, the captivating Galapagos Islands.

Celebrity Flora marks an evolutionary turning point in the approach to ship design by allowing the destination and its environment to inspire and influence every decision made. From the luxurious all-suites accommodations incorporating sustainable, natural materials that complement the destination to the Dynamic Positioning System that enables the ship to stay on station without the use of anchors to help protect the seas, we’ve created a ship that truly differentiates between visiting this incredible corner of the world and experiencing it.

Celebrity Flora features our innovative outward-facing design that makes the destination the centre of attention. By focusing the direction of spaces outward at every opportunity, we virtually erase the boundaries between ship and destination. Join us on-board the most state-of-the-art ship to ever sail the Galapagos Islands.

Occupancy: 100
Tonnage: 5,739
Inaugural date: Spring 2019

(Source: Celebrity)

Expedition ships slide-shows: HERE

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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

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.

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!