The absolutely stunning new Celebrity Edge has finally arrived and she is a ground-breaking addition to the Celebrity Cruises fleet. Like no ship before her, she is truly innovative, offering a series of shipboard firsts and an array of features that will wow every guest. This is a remarkable ship in every way – cutting-edge and filled with light.
The Edge's Rooftop Garden. Photo courtesy of Celebrity Cruises.
Superbly designed, there is an item of beauty at every turn, with creative design elements, magnificent art, gorgeous ceiling effects, exquisite light fixtures, funky transitional spaces and delectable food and drink everywhere. Edge is a masterpiece – sensual, sublime, spacious, stylish and sophisticated.
Some of the best new features are the lovely Edge Infinite Veranda staterooms which offer an immediate sense of space and light and a great view out through the room as one enters. The veranda really does become a part of the space and the glass doors open onto two chairs and a table just beckoning to be used.
The resort deck cabanas. Photo by Tim Boyles.
This innovation gives the rooms about 23 more feet of space and it shows. The intuitive accommodation design by Kelly Hoppen is fabulous. The colours are mostly neutral with white and an occasional splash of colour, a typical palette throughout the ship.
The service is particularly impressive with 95 percent of the staff and crew hailing from other Celebrity ships and more than 70 different countries too. They are clearly proud to have been chosen to inaugurate this vessel in her maiden year.
There has been a lot of buzz about the Magic Carpet, a tangerine-coloured, 90-ton moveable marvel, usually found on Deck 5 outside the Raw On 5 specialty restaurant at lunchtime. It’s used from Deck 2 as a Destination Gateway and is such a clever idea – no stairs to negotiate as it’s step on and off. While waiting to board these sleek launches, guests can relax, have a drink and mingle before they tender ashore. The Carpet, about the size of a tennis court, rises further up a few times a week to host Dinner on the Edge on Deck 15 and to expand the Resort Deck on 14. There’s also a plan to start a weekly brunch on board this outstanding venue. Seating is various with comfy chairs, couches, and stools at the full bar. For meals, tables and chairs are added and entertainment is also offered here. It’s a wondrous spot with the best sea views – a must for every guest to experience. You have seen nothing like it on a ship – or anywhere else.
The resort deck with martini-shaped hot tubs. Photo by Tim Boyles.
Celebrity has pulled out all the stops with a wide array of dining, lounge and entertainment choices with 29 choices in all, anchored by four outstanding main restaurants with seating for about 350 dinner guests. Cyprus is the spot for Mediterranean cuisine with a nod to the line’s Greek heritage, while across the hallway, the elegant Cosmopolitan Restaurant, offers new American cuisine. You’ll also find it open for breakfast and lunch daily.
On the lower deck, Tuscan beckons with stunning black and white décor, enhanced by splashes of yellow chairs and small vases with single sunflowers on each table to mirror the room’s palette. The Normandie Restaurant with its soft blush colour scheme offer is a nostalgic nod with both decorative and Lalique panels originally from the Normandie ocean liner and more recently, the Celebrity Summit. Chandeliers, linens, china and crystal in each are beautiful and clearly great thought and attention has been paid to detail. The menus are about 75 percent the same in each of the four, with additional daily offerings to complement each restaurant’s cuisine. All are complimentary and offer early or late seating or the dine-around, open seating option.
Tuscan Restaurant. Photo courtesy of Celebrity Cruises.
For specialty dining, guests have great choices, ranging from the Fine Cut Steakhouse which offers outdoor dining, and across the ship, the raw bar and seafood venue of Raw on 5. Le Grand Bistro is the boulangerie and pastry stop, serving delicious morning coffee and wonderful French cuisine for all meals. Think French onion soup, Croque Monsieur, escargots and many other favourites. At night this spot turns into a reservations-only showcase for the imaginative and unique Le Petit Chef, which is part meal and part animation process. The little chef himself “prepares” each course for you through the wonders of amazing technology. It’s a must do! Other spots include the Café al Bacio on Deck 4, Blu for Aqua Class guests, the stunning, jewel-like Luminae – only for suite guests – and for casual outdoor fare, the Rooftop Grill and the Mast Grill. The impressive Oceanview Café sports another great feature of the Edge with its two-story high windows – an elegant 24-hour choice for casual dining, buffet service, great pizzas and al fresco options.
Eden is a remarkable and unusual three-storey entertainment venue. Photo by Tim Boyles.
Eden, described as Chillful, Sinful and Playful depending on the time of day, is a very different, multi-level space with a beautiful indoor/outdoor restaurant on the lower level, a bar and entertainment space and a partial lounge on the higher level. With three decks of windows, it is truly remarkable. And there’s so much more – a solarium, the club, the Rooftop Garden with its large movie screen and lots of places to lounge and relax, the stunning Retreat for suite guests, the serene spa and a theatre that provides an immersive entertainment experience. The stage has no curtain and the audience feels a part of the various talented productions. Celebrity is changing the way we view a show and using ground-breaking technology to make that happen!
As the new flagship of the Celebrity fleet, Edge will be joined by a sister, Celebrity Apex in 2020 and then two more ships in this class will follow. She sails from Fort Lauderdale in the winter and the Mediterranean in spring, summer and early fall. Christened on December 4 last year by the Pakistani Nobel Peace Prize winner and activist for global female education, Malala Yousafzai – this was a nod to Celebrity’s focus on reaching beyond borders, making a difference and being inclusive. Yet another first – on a ship that is a crowning jewel and a daring feat of ingenuity, design and wonder.
IF YOU GO The sensational Celebrity Edge is eager to welcome guests and will be sailing in the Caribbean, the Greek Isles as well as in the Mediterranean in 2019. Visit www.celebritycruises.com or consult your travel advisor for more information.
Written by Vanessa Lee for Cruise and Travel Lifestyles magazine (Winter/Spring 2019). Main photo by Tim Boyles.