Posts Tagged ‘Celebrity Edge’

Edge Arrives At Port Everglades

November 19, 2018

The game-changing Celebrity Edge has officially arrived at the new home of modern luxury – Port Everglades’ Terminal 25 (T25) in Hollywood, Fla. – following the ship’s first-ever, 15-day transatlantic crossing.

Viewing this momentous occasion from the bridge of Celebrity Edge with Fain, President and CEO of Celebrity Cruises, Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, added: “The completion of her first-ever transatlantic crossing and arrival at T25 marks such a historic moment for Celebrity Cruises. This has been more than four years in the making. The collaboration and effort between teams across the world all comes together in this incredible moment. I can think of no better place to be than with Captain Costas and the crew of Celebrity Edge knowing that we are sailing into the future, literally and figuratively, with this beautiful ship.”

Adorning the decks as Celebrity Edge entered the channel for the first time, more than 1,400 excited crew members waved to a sea of shoreside colleagues who gathered to welcome the ship and her crew to their new home at an exclusive welcome event hosted at the Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center — a fitting debut for Celebrity’s first new ship in six years and the first of a new class in more than a decade.

After the arrival of Celebrity Edge at T25, Lutoff-Perlo and Fain then hosted a grand opening ceremony in the revolutionary new terminal. Attended by key brand executives and esteemed Broward County and City of Hollywood officials, the dramatic ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the official grand opening of the first terminal designed exclusively for the Celebrity brand, dubbed the new home of modern luxury.

T25 melds a stunning, warmly inviting design with unique technology, such as Expedited Arrival, which will make the check-in process absolutely seamless, as well as an interactive light wall art installation. T25 will also offer The Retreat guests a singular experience along the path to The Retreat, with an exclusive lounge, elevator lobbies, screening areas and even a private rooftop terrace.

Celebrity Edge embarked on the more-than 4,000-mile transatlantic voyage from the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France, on November 4, 2018, with more than 1,400 crew members on board. Along the way, the cutting-edge new ship visited ports in both Azores, Portugal, and Freeport, Bahamas.

Celebrity Edge begins her inaugural season sailing alternating seven-night eastern and western Caribbean cruise itineraries, with her Maiden Western Caribbean voyage departing on December 9, 2018, and her Maiden Eastern Caribbean voyage departing on December 16, 2018. Then, in spring of 2019, Celebrity Edge crosses the Atlantic again to offer guests stunning vistas of the Mediterranean with a range of seven- to 11-night sailings visiting iconic cities, including Barcelona and Rome.

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Malcolm says: I’m sure that she is a vey nice big ship, but I’m not sure why she is a ‘game changer’?

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Introducing: Celebrity Apex

September 25, 2018

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It is now common knowledge that Celebrity Cruises named its second Edge-class cruise ship, Celebrity Apex. The naming was made official during a steel cutting for the ship at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France, last month. However above is the first rendering of ‘Apex’.

Celebrity Edge, the first ship in the line’s new edge class, launches in December 2018.

Celebrity Apex, previously rumoured to be named ‘Celebrity Beyond’, is scheduled to enter service in spring 2020. A third and fourth Edge-class ship are scheduled for Autumn 2021 and Autumn 2022, respectively.

Celebrity Apex will be named in Southampton in 2020 before offering a mini-series of sailings from the UK.

The news of Apex’s deployment makes it the very first time Celebrity will operate two ships from the UK’s largest port, with Celebrity Silhouette returning to Southampton for her third consecutive year.

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Cabin grades (slide show): HERE

Celebrity Edge – 4 Main Dining Rooms

August 5, 2018

It has now been confirmed that Celebrity Edge will have four main complimentary restaurants on-board.

Cosmopolitan Restaurant

Cosmopolitan Restaurant (Courtesy Celebrity)

The walkthrough wine display at the entrance of our Cosmopolitan restaurant sets the scene for the cuisine to be enjoyed here – new American with international influences. With an exclusive menu, including dishes like the Classic Manhattan cocktail, an appetiser of Seared Scallops, and a succulent Braised Beef Short Ribs, you’ll discover favourite dishes prepared in exciting ways that will make them your brand-new favourites all over again.

Cosmopolitan Restaurant is one of the four complimentary main restaurants on-board Celebrity Edge, and maintains the essence of the main dining rooms onboard our Solstice and Millennium Class ships with its wine display.

Cyprus Restaurant

Cyprus Restaurant (Courtesy Celebrity)

In Cyprus Restaurant you’ll discover a stunning atmosphere that perfectly reflects the Mediterranean fare served here. In Cyprus, the menu’s main focus is seafood and features simple, clean dishes that celebrate the food and beverages of the Mediterranean region.

Sip a Black-Olives Brine & Strawberry Martini. Start your meal with a Moroccan Lentil Soup. Amaze your palate with the Basque-style Cod as an entrée. The menu choices are inspired – and exclusive to Cyprus Restaurant.

Cyprus Restaurant is one of the four complimentary main restaurants on-board Celebrity Edge, and is designed by world-renowned designer, Patricia Urquiola.

Tuscan Restaurant

Tuscan Restaurant (Courtesy Celebrity)

Step inside Tuscan Restaurant and discover the delicious ambiance, with a modern classical design inspired by Italian fashion and film and mouthwatering cuisine inspired by authentic southern Italian eateries. In Tuscan Restaurant, you’ll savour Italian-inspired dishes, featuring all homemade pastas prepared with a rustic flair. From a Classic Italian Negroni cocktail to mouthwatering Rosemary Roasted Chicken and a hearty bowl of Tagliatelle Carbonara, your taste buds will get a tour of southern Italy without even stepping ashore.

Tuscan Restaurant is one of the four complimentary main restaurants on-board Celebrity Edge, and is inspired by the speciality dining venue Tuscan Grille found onboard our Solstice and Millennium Class ships.

Normandie Restaurant

Normandie Restaurant (Courtesy Celebrity)

Normandie Restaurant features contemporary French cuisine in a modern, upscale, refined design that evokes the romance of springtime in Paris, with a color palette reminiscent of cherry blossoms in full bloom. Discover regional European wines, unique cocktails, including Le Forum Cocktail (a perfectly proportioned blend of gin, vermouth, and Grand Marnier), tantalising starters like the Alsatian Potato and Gruyere Tart, and main courses such as Cassoulet of Confit Duck. It’s refined, delicious, and oh so French.

Normandie Restaurant is one of the four complimentary main restaurants on-board Celebrity Edge, inspired by our elegant Murano speciality dining venue offered on several of our Solstice and Millennium Class ships.

(Text and images courtesy Celebrity)

Malcolm says: RCI’s experiment with ‘Dynamic Dining’ (multiple dining rooms, very similar to NCL’s ‘Freestyle’) on board their ‘Quantum’ class ships (2014-16: Quantum, Anthem and Ovation) did  not prove popular with their fans. They preferred one large dining room. In fact their ‘Dynamic Dining’ concept was abandoned. The next ‘Quantum-Ultra’ class ship (Spectrum, 2019) will have one large dining room again, plus smaller alternative options.

It will be interesting to see if four dining rooms works for RCI’s ‘Celebrity’ brand with ‘Edge’.

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.

Introducing Celebrity Edge

June 21, 2017

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Celebrity have 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).

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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).

Celebrity Edge – ‘Eden’ revealed – HERE

Celebrity Edge Dining – HERE

Video tour of Infinite Veranda stateroom HERE