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Celebrity Cruises Outlines New Edge-Class Ship



Celebrity Cruises has unveiled today new features and details on their upcoming ship, Celebrity Edge.  The first in its class, the vessel will include expanded staterooms, a moving Magic Carpet platform on the side of the ship, and stunning suites all in a modern, luxury design.

Designed completely in 3D, the 2,918-guest Celebrity Edge aims to make global travelers redefine how they experience the world and how intimate a vacation can be.


This is Celebrity’s first new ship class in 10 years, and they spared nothing in bringing together a design and architectural dream team from around the world for it.  Key members include renowned interior designer Kelly Hoppen, MBE of Kelly Hoppen Interiors and visionary architect Tom Wright of WKK.  American designer Nate Berkus serves as the ship’s design ambassador.  Together with other designers who will be revealed later, the team came up with fresh, exciting, modern, and comfortable designs – the essence of Celebrity’s style.


New stateroom designs erase the boundaries between traditional ship cabins and their verandas, creating a closer connection to the ocean.  The new Edge Stateroom with Infinite Veranda turns cabins into a seamless space.  With the touch of a button guests can have open-air access to the sea, bringing the outside in and the inside out.  Guests will also be able to control lighting, shades, temperature, and service with the touch of a button.  The design of these rooms adds 23 percent more square footage and 10 percent larger bathrooms than the Solstice class.

Edge Stateroom with Infinite Veranda – rendering: Celebrity Cruises

The Retreat

The ultimate sanctuary for world travelers will be the new private utopia called The Retreat, which includes a private pool, sundeck, and lounge with 24/7 butler service and an exclusive Suite Class restaurant – Luminae @ The Retreat.

With Edge, the cruise line has more than doubled the number of suites, adding two additional categories.  At the top of the ship above the bridge are two new Iconic Suites, which feature two bedrooms, two bathrooms, panoramic windows, and a 700 square foot veranda with 270 degree ocean views.  Another new Suite Class comprises of six split-level Edge Villas, which offer two stories of windows, private plunge pools, and direct walk-out access to The Retreat Sundeck.  The Penthouse Suites feature large soaking tubs on the veranda, large walk-through showers, and expansive walk-in closets.  There are also 146 large, outward-facing Sky Suites on the vessel.

Iconic Suite veranda – rendering: Celebrity Cruises

Destination Experience

The Rooftop Garden is one of many spaces aboard Celebrity Edge that will lure guests out for relaxation and fun.  Designed by architect Tom Wright, the space will be tended daily by a resident horticulturalist and will be home to games and activities during the day, and live music and a music-and-movie pairing experience at night.

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The Rooftop Garden – rendering: Celebrity Cruises

The Magic Carpet

Cantilevered from the side of the ship, the Magic Carpet will make Edge recognizable from miles away.  The size of a tennis court, this engineering feat scales the 16-deck ship through the day and evening, positioning at four of the ship’s decks and transforming into a new experience at each one.

On deck 16, the Magic Carpet becomes a specialty restaurant offering “Dinner on the Edge” for 90 guests.  On deck 14, Magic Carpet becomes an open-air expansion of the main pool area.  On deck 5, it extends one of the specialty restaurants into al fresco seating, and at its lowest position on deck 2, the Magic Carpet is a key component to disembarkation in tender ports, where guests will be whisked away aboard sleek Edge Launches.

Magic Carpet – rendering: Celebrity Cruises

Lido Deck – rendering: Celebrity Cruises


Celebrity Edge will homeport in Fort Lauderdale and make her first voyage on December 16, 2018.  The eastern Caribbean itinerary visits San Juan, Tortola, and St. Maarten.  The western itinerary visits Key West, Costa Maya, Cozumel, and Grand Cayman.  Edge will be joined by three sister ships in 2020, 2021, and 2022.  Voyages aboard Celebrity Edge are now open for booking.

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Celebrity Celebrates International Women’s Day



Across Celebrity Cruises’ entire fleet of ships around the world – and in all of their global offices – the line will “Ring the Bell on the 7 Seas” in honor of International Women’s Day, which is on March 8.

The campaign was born in partnership with the Red Shoe Movement in support of their Gender Equality Global Initiative. A special bell-ringing ceremony will be hosted by President and CEO of Celebrity Cruises, Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, aboard Celebrity Summit. The ship’s executive team and the founder and CEO of the Red Shoe Movement, Mariela Dabbah, will also be in attendance. Each Celebrity ships and the global offices will then follow with their own ceremonies.

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“On International Women’s Day millions of people around the world will celebrate the accomplishments of women, and the men who support their efforts,” said Lutoff-Perlo. “I’m proud to stand with the Red Shoe Movement as gender equality is an ongoing commitment for all of us at Celebrity.”

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“I am proud for Red Shoe Movement, whose mission is to accelerate the representation of women at the top, to partner with Celebrity Cruises to ‘Ring the Bell on the 7 Seas’ especially as Lisa Lutoff-Perlo is a CEO who walks her talk in everything she does,” said Dabbah. “The thousands of crew members and guests around the world on a Celebrity ship or in any of their global offices will unite to take a stand on gender equality. This is a historic moment in this industry and for women worldwide.”

For more information on the Red Shoe Movement, visit

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How Celebrity Just Changed Cruise Dining [VIDEO]



Every now and again, a cruise line comes up with something so innovative it changes everything. Think Royal Caribbean’s surfing simulators or Carnival Cruise Line’s SkyRide. And this week, I was lucky enough to be on hand when Celebrity Cruise Lines unveiled more information about the upcoming Celebrity Edge… including a new dining experience which promises to blow the mind of passengers

The Ship Will Have Nearly 30 Restaurants

During a presentation at New York City’s Pier 36, Celebrity made it clear that they intend to raise the bar when it comes to how people think of cruise food… and not only in the specialty restaurants. Looking at Celebrity Edge — the first of four Edge Class ships — as a clean slate, Brian Abel, Vice President of Hotel Operations, said that the line has “combined unique concepts, expansive menus and incredible design to serve a platter of exciting new dining experiences never before seen at sea.”

Celebrity offered up all kinds of tasty treats during the presentation.

Certain elements will feel familiar to longtime cruisers, such as the ability to choose between traditional early or late set seatings (at which you will dine with the same people each night and have a set wait staff) or Celebrity Select Dining Plus, which gives guests the freedom to book themselves into any of four dining rooms at whatever time they choose. But even with the main dining rooms, Celebrity is switching things up. The ship will have four complimentary main dining rooms, each with a distinctive design and ambiance inspired by a specific part of the world. Menus will feature some of the same items which have proved popular across the Celebrity fleet, but also dishes showcasing the dining room’s inspiration.

The four main dining rooms are Tuscan Restaurant (a nod to the line’s Tuscan Grille and featuring Italian-inspired dishes); the French-themed Normandie Restaurant (described as a “conceptual cousin” to the line’s Murano); Cyprus Restaurant, featuring bright and flavorful Mediterranean dishes); and Cosmopolitan Restaurant, featuring more familiar American cuisine.

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Among the specialty restaurants, standouts will surely be the Fine Cut Steakhouse, Raw On 5 (which promises to offer “the best blend of St. Tropez and New England seafood) and the BBQ served up at the Rooftop Garden Grill. That’s on top of the already announced Eden Restaurant, which will combine dining and entertainment to create a multi-sensory experience for guests, and Dinner On The Edge (aka your opportunity to eat on the Magic Carpet while it is parked in its uppermost position).

At the special presentation, chefs prepared fresh seafood dishes like those which will be offered up at Raw On 5 on board the Celebrity Edge.

The Meal Sure To Cause Your Jaw To Drop

But the real showstopper will be dinners at Le Grand Bistro. During the day, the space will offer up handmade macaroons, artisinal cheeses and baked breads perfect for grab-and-go meals. But at night, the space will transform thanks to Le Petite Chef, an animated 3-D character who appears on your plate and “prepares” the meal for you. While the line describes it as “an immersive fusion of entertainment and dining like nothing guests have ever experienced at sea,” it is, in a word, stunning.

But don’t take my word for it. They recreated the dining experience for us and, because no special headsets or glasses are required, I was able to capture it on video.

Given that Celebrity is the first cruise line to have partnered with TableMation Studios, they know that this is an experience passengers will not be able to experience on any other ship.

“Once again, Celebrity Edge is solidifying, amplifying and putting a superlative on our award-winning culinary experience,” says Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President and CEO of the line, “allowing our guests to explore the world without ever leaving their table. From the amazing destinations we visit globally, to the local ingredients sourced to satisfy the visionary recipes created by our Michelin-starred chef, Cornelius Gallagher, we open up the world through our unique culinary offerings.”

Look for Celebrity Edge, which will be homeported out of Fort Lauderdale, to make her first sailing on November 21, 2018. Her three sister ships will join the fleet in 2020, 2021 and 2022.



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Celebrity Cruises Debuts New Hot Glass Class



Celebrity Cruises has announced that they’re parting ways with the Corning Museum of Glass for their onboard hot glass shows. Now, Hollywood Hot Glass will be taking their place and expanding on the previous programming with a new hands-on element.

Hollywood Hot Glass will host a live glassblowing demonstration on The Lawn Club at the beginning of each participating sailing. Following the demo, guests will be able to register for their own Hot Glass Class, where they’ll work with an instructor to create their own piece of art.

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In each class, guests will be able to choose from eight unique pieces to create, including a vase, starfish, and heart starting at $40 per piece. Attendees will then be able to choose from a variety of colors to make their glass artwork unique. The finished product requires a 12-hour cool down period, after which guests are welcome to take their piece back to their cabin and home with them.

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The new experience will be offered on three ships in the Celebrity Cruises fleet, and has already launched on Celebrity Equinox. Celebrity Eclipse will begin offering the program on April 1, and Solstice will debut the class on June 15.

Listen to a review of a Caribbean cruise on Celebrity Eclipse here.

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