Celebrity has just launched their game-changing Celebrity Edge, arguably one of the “most anticipated ships of the year”. We were lucky enough to attend one of their pre-inaugural two-day trips at the end of November. Leaving from their brand new Port Everglades’ Terminal 25 in Hollywood, Fla, we knew something was very special just from the terminal design which was built exclusively for the Celebrity brand. The embarkation was a breeze due to their innovative facial recognition technology which you set up online – and then everything is streamlined when you get to the pier.
The stand-out features of this ship are the trend-setting style and the technology marvel of the Magic Carpet – a floating platform which is multi-purpose: a luxury platform for tender launches, a specialty dining venue when positioned on another deck and an extension of the pool bar when it’s on Deck 14.
And the Infinite Veranda – the balcony that can become part of your stateroom with a touchof a button. This new Veranda design allows guests to decide how they want their room arranged. Do they want to close the balcony doors for a separate veranda, or do they want to leave the doors open so the entire cabin is essentially part of the balcony, with its floor-to-ceiling windows and ability to lower the top window at the flip of a button. An Edge Single Stateroom with Infinite Veranda is available for the solo traveler and offers all the same amenities and services as a double stateroom, but just for one.
This trend-setting style extends to the Suite category on Celebrity Edge. The Iconic Suite is one of two new suite categories for Celebrity. It is the largest and most luxurious suite in the Celebrity fleet with better views than the captain. Designed by Kelly Hoppen, it has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, Celebrity “eXhale” bedding, in-suite use of Peloton fitness bikes, in-suite butler’s pantry, and in-room automation to adjust nearly everything with a touch screen. Iconic Suites sleep up to six guests in 1,892 square feet, with a 689-square-foot private hot tub veranda.
Other suite classes are the Penthouse Suite, and the duplex Edge Villa with separate living and bedroom floors. All suites including Royal Suites, Celebrity Suites, and Sky Suites enjoy the Retreat – a new “ship within a ship space” which includes a private pool and cabana space, pool bar, lounge and an exclusive restaurant – Luminae.
This innovation extends to the dining options. Instead of one main dining room, there are four – all with different specialties each evening. Eden is a multi-level dining/entertainment space, with different events during the day and adult entertainment at night. One cocktail is served in a glass “apple of temptation”. Le Petit Chef is their latest specialty dining innovation – offering custom 3D table animation art, where the plates seem to come alive with theater. This is definitely not your grandmother’s cruise ship!