Following a 15-day transatlantic crossing from the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France, the game-changing Celebrity Edge has officially arrived at the new home of modern luxury – Port Everglades’ Terminal 25 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
She’s the first new cruise ship for Celebrity Cruises in six years and with room for just under 3000 guests, Celebrity Edge is a true game changer in terms of onboard features and the company claims she will ‘set a new standard of luxury and innovation at sea’.
The most outstanding feature of all is the incredible Magic Carpet – the world’s first cantilevered, floating platform that reaches moves up and down the side of the ship – from sea level to 13 storeys above sea level.
Adorning the decks as Celebrity Edge entered the channel for the first time, more than 1,400 excited crew members waved to a sea of shoreside colleagues who gathered to welcome the ship and her crew to their new home.
“The arrival of Celebrity Edge today book-ends a major chapter in the growth of Celebrity Cruises. It’s the culmination of years of dreaming, designing and dedication to bring this magnificent ship to life. A new era is truly upon us.”
Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., Richard D. Fain
Celebrity Edge begins her inaugural season sailing alternating seven-night eastern and western Caribbean cruise itineraries, with her Maiden Western Caribbean voyage departing on December 9, 2018, and her Maiden Eastern Caribbean voyage departing on December 16, 2018. Then, in spring of 2019, Celebrity Edge crosses the Atlantic again to offer guests stunning vistas of the Mediterranean with a range of seven- to 11-night sailings visiting iconic cities, including Barcelona and Rome.
Celebrity Edge will be joined by her sister ship, Celebrity Apex, in 2020, and two additional ships in the Edge Series will follow in 2021 and 2022.