ST. NAZAIRE, France — What will it be like on Celebrity Edge, the much-awaited new ship from Celebrity Cruises? See for yourself with a scroll through the carousel above, which offers the first look at the soon-to-debut, 2,918-passenger vessel as it nears completion.
USA TODAY Cruise is getting a sneak peek at Edge this week at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in St. Nazaire, France, and we’re posting photos here and at the USA TODAY Cruise Twitter page.
Scheduled to debut in late November, Edge is nearly 96% complete, according to Celebrity executives at Chantiers de l’Atlantique. As can be seen in the carousel above, only final finishing work remains.
Edge is the prototype for an innovative new series of vessels at Celebrity called the Edge Class. Designed using 3D imaging technology, the ship 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.
More than 60% 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, they 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% 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 tender boarding platform (when it’s positioned alongside Deck 2) to restaurant (when it’s positioned near the top of the vessel on Deck 16).
Edge is scheduled to be christened in Fort Lauderdale in early December. It initially will sail to the Caribbean out of the port before moving to the Mediterranean for the summer of 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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