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Celebrity Cruises Outlines New Edge-Class Ship

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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.

Design

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.

Accommodations

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

Itinerary

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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Peek Inside Celebrity Edge’s State-of-the-Art Spa

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Celebrity Cruises has revealed renderings of The Spa on their upcoming ship Celebrity Edge, and it is massive. And beautiful. The nature-inspired space was created by world-renowned designer Kelly Hoppen, and comes in at 22,000 square feet.

Design & Inspiration

To create a luxurious, natural environment, Celebrity worked closely with Hoppen to create a concept called SEA, inspired by the Sea, Earth, and Air.

Blended essences fill the air as soon as guests walk in, and the Relaxation Lounge is a peaceful start to the spa experience before treatments begin.

“As we curated The Spa journey with Celebrity, the inspiration behind this revolutionary concept was to connect guests with nature while delivering distinctive sensory experiences, uncompromising service, and a wealth of new wellness choices that are exclusive at sea,” said Glenn Fusfield, President and CEO, One Spa World, LLC. “We’ve created a concept that not only evolves spa and wellness but sets the new standard.”

Spa Offerings

Celebrity teamed up with the leading authorities in their fields to harness cutting-edge technological and therapeutic innovations for a spa experience like no other. There are over 124 treatments to choose from, including signature offerings such as the Ocean Spa Wave Massage, Hot Mineral Body Boost, Thousand Flower Detox Wrap, and more that travelers will probably recognize.

The Spa aboard Celebrity Edge will also feature a lineup of first-at-sea and brand-first amenities and treatments for guests, including:

  • The next evolution of the Persian Garden that’s across the line’s current fleet, called the SEA Thermal Suite. It will feature eight different experiences: the Hammam, Salt Room, Steam Room, Rainfall Water Therapy Room, Float Room, heated tile loungers, infrared sauna, and Crystalarium. Those staying in AquaClass will receive complimentary access to this suite.

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  • The first line of ELEMIS BIOTEC facials ever offered on a Celebrity ship
  •  A specialty treatment table collection, including:
    • Spa Wave MLW Amphibia Table – water filled cushions adapt to each visitor’s body for prime comfort, as well as customizable color therapy lighting
    • WellMassage4D Table – this award-winning treatment table uses breakthrough technology to deliver a deeper massage
    • MLX Quartz Table – Warm crystals mold and shape around the body, releasing muscle tension and promoting deeper relaxation
  • Ideal Image Ocean, The Advanced MedSpa offering esthetic services like wrinkle treatments and fillers
  • Celebrity is partnering with Kérastase, one of the world’s most advanced luxury haircare brands for the first ever Kérastase Institute at sea

  • The Barber offers traditional hot shaves and fresh cuts for men
  • The Fitness Center will feature hot yoga, Technogym Group Cycle, Fitness on Demand, cardio boxing, and the first Bungee Fit and Peloton bikes ever offered at sea

Celebrity Edge will spend her inaugural season sailing alternating 7-night cruises in the western and eastern Caribbean, before heading to the Mediterranean with a range of 7-11 night cruises in 2019. Bookings for cruises aboard Edge are now open, as well as reservations for the spa.

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Celebrity Cruises Partners With Forbes Travel Guide

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Celebrity Cruises has entered into a travel partnership with Forbes Travel Guide. The line partnered with the company to tap into their 60 years of expertise, as Celebrity continues to refine its guest experience.

Celebrity is the first cruise line to secure a fleet wide partnership with Forbes Travel Guide. Integrating its vast experience assessing and verifying service and facilities at the finest hotel and resorts in the world, Forbes Travel Guide now shares the same standards of luxury service to support Celebrity.

For 25 years, Celebrity’s commitment to world-class service has been their calling card, and the main reason guests continue to cruise with the line year after year.

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For information on Celebrity’s commitment to excellent service, visit celebrity cruises.com/about-us/our-distinction.

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Carnival Cruise Trades Teen Dream Vacation For Snapchat Handle

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When Darian Lipscomb was 9 years old, he went on his first cruise and, like most of us, fell in love with the experience. Now, his love of cruising in general — and Carnival Cruise Line in particular — has paid off in a big way… as in he and his family are going to be taking a dream vacation aboard the line’s newest ship, Carnival Horizon!

Photo via Carnival.

What Carnival Wanted In Exchange

It turns out that after Lipscomb’s cruise, he was flying high. “I wanted to share it with my friends,” the Prospect, Virginia told the Richmond Times-Dispatch. So in 2012, he went on Snapchat and created the handle @CarnivalCruise on which to share pics of his amazing trip. As it turns out, the folks at the cruise line had more than a passing interest in obtaining that particular Snapchat handle for themselves… so they went looking for Darian.

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Photo via Carnival.

The next thing you know, flyers featuring Shaquille O’Neal, aka Carnival’s recently-appointed “Chief Fun Officer” — began popping up around town saying, “Hey, Prospect, does anyone know Darian?” But the real surprise came when the now-15-year-old… well, we’ll let him tell the story!

“I answered the door,” the now-15-year-old told the paper, “walked outside and saw my name on a big truck! I was really surprised!” The next thing you know, he’d traded the Snapchat handle so that he and his family could be booked on a trip to Barcelona to be among the first passengers to sail aboard the Carnival Horizon!

“We thought this would be a fun way to claim our handle and reward a superfan at the same time,” says Robyn Fink, Director of Consumer Public Relations for Carnival. “We’re so excited to give Darian and his family this once-in-a-lifetime seagoing experience!”

This will be the teen’s fourth cruise, and it will all be chronicled on Carnival’s social media… including, of course, the Snapchat account which started it all.

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