FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida – What’s it like on Celebrity Edge, the much-awaited new ship from Celebrity Cruises? See for yourself with a scroll through the carousel on this page, which offers the first look at the soon-to-debut, 2,918-passenger vessel in advance of its first voyage with paying passengers.
USA TODAY Cruise has been getting an exclusive sneak peek at Edge this weekend at Fort Lauderdale’s Port Everglades, and we’re posting photos here and at the USA TODAY Cruise Twitter page.
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.
Among Edge’s other notable features: A 90-ton platform the size of a tennis court that is cantilevered over its side. Called the Magic Carpet, it moves up and down the side of the ship serving functions that range from a tender boarding platform (when it’s positioned alongside Deck 2) to a restaurant (when it’s positioned near the top of the vessel).
Edge is the first of four Edge Class vessels that Celebrity has ordered for delivery by 2022.
Edge arrived at Florida’s Port Everglades, in the Fort Lauderdale area, on Monday after a 15-night journey from the shipyard in France where it had been under construction for more than a year. It’s schedule to sail its first cruise with paying passengers on Saturday and be christened in early December.
Edge initially will sail to the Caribbean out of Port Everglades before moving to the Mediterranean for summer 2019.
In the Caribbean, the ship will operate seven-night trips starting at $1,049. In the Mediterranean, it’ll mostly offer 10- and 11-night voyages starting at $1,899.
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