The first new ship from Celebrity Cruises in six years has arrived in the USA in advance of its first sailing with passengers.   

The 129,500-ton Celebrity Edge pulled into Florida’s Port Everglades on Monday after a 4,000-mile journey from the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in St. Nazaire, France. 

The 2,918-passenger vessel had been under construction at the shipyard for more than a year. 

Edge is the prototype for an innovative new series of ships at Celebrity called the Edge Class. Designed using 3D imaging technology, the vessel features cabins that are open to the sea in a way that has never been seen before in ocean cruising. It also boasts public spaces designed by some of the world’s best-known architects and designers, including Patricia Urquiola and Kelly Hoppen. 

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More than 60 percent of Edge’s 1,467 cabins are what Celebrity is calling Infinite Verandas. In what is billed as a first for an ocean-going vessel, the cabins have balconies that are incorporated into the main cabin area. Bi-fold doors in the rooms either can be completely closed, creating a traditional room area separated from a balcony area, or left open, creating a wide-open indoor space that is about 23 percent larger than traditional balcony cabins. 

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