How much bigger and more luxurious can cruise ships get?
The most anticipated ship of the year, Celebrity Cruises’ billion-dollar Celebrity Edge, will leave Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on her maiden guest voyage on December 9.
Royal Caribbean Cruises chairman Richard D Fain says the 2918-guest vessel will shatter all expectations of the cruise experience, describing it as “the culmination of years of dreaming, designing and dedication”.
So what are some of the features of the ultra-luxurious Celebrity Edge that we haven’t seen before?
Infinite Veranda Staterooms – rooms that transform the entire living area into the veranda with the touch of a button.
The Magic Carpet – an open-air venue cantilevered off the side of the ship that alternatively becomes the ultimate specialty restaurant, an open-air expansion of the main pool area, al fresco seating and Destination Gateway, a luxury embarkation station where passengers will be whisked away aboard sleek tender ships called Edge Launches.
The Spa – a 2000 square metre sprawling space with ocean views. Featuring more than 124 treatments, 31 therapists and signature offerings such as the ocean spa wave massage, hot mineral body boost, poultice-powered muscle release and zero gravity wellness massage, The Spa promises the ultimate pampering at sea.
Rooftop Garden – a living urban playscape inspired by childhood playgrounds. Brought to life with the help of architect Tom Wright, it’s described as a lively, spacious environment perfect for slowing down, wandering and daydreaming.
Grand theatre – The Theatre on Celebrity Edge throws away the curtain altogether, blurring the line between audience and performance and immersing passengers in a unique entertainment experience.
World-class dining – Michelin-starred chef Cornelius Gallagher has curated menus of all 29 food and beverage experiences on board.
Travel agents, www.celebritycruises.com/edge