by John Lane
I was recently given the opportunity to spend an afternoon at Celebrity Cruises’ Innovation Lab featuring their new ship, Celebrity Edge. The 10,000 square foot venue behind Celebrity’s headquarters in Miami offers a look at the design elements and technology that will be featured on this new ship for 2018.
The Celebrity Edge is the first ship to be 100% designed in 3-D. With special shoes and our 3-D glasses on we stood in front of a large screen where the outdoor deck appeared.
We watched as people moved about the deck and they could evaluate the space to see if there was enough space for good traffic flow. We then saw how they could move structures to make more room, change the color or even the size of any object for it to be more pleasing …all of this in 3-D!
The biggest news of the ship is the infinite verandas. They are 23% larger than Celebrity’s current verandas sailing today. From their surveys Celebrity found their guests wanted:
- larger bathrooms
- larger beds
- more storage space
- larger living area
- larger veranda
With the infinite veranda guests will experience all five. This new veranda brings the outside in. Glass French doors open to the veranda which gives you more living space or they can be closed off to create a traditional veranda. A wall of glass that opens with a press of a button brings the fresh air and sunlight into your stateroom. (click photos to enlarge)
The Magic Carpet which started out as a new design for a tender platform transformed into a moveable multi purpose area that will be a luxury embarkation station on Deck Two. When on Deck Five, it becomes an extension of one of the restaurants. On Deck 14 it becomes an extension of the pool area and on Deck 16 it will host “Dinner on the Edge”.
New suites include six two-story Edge Villas offering 950 squarefeet complete with outdoor living space and plunge pool along with two Iconic Suites perched atop the bridge offering 1880 square feet of luxury along with 685 square feet of outdoor living space with Jacuzzi. These two suites along with the Penthouse, Royal, Celebrity and Sky Suites will be part of the “Retreat” offering a private lounge area, pool and dining in Luminae, the private dining venue for Retreat guests.
These are just a few of the reveals offered at this time. More amazing reveals are to come and will definitely raise the bar on cruising. Beginning December 16, 2018 it will embark on 7 night alternating Eastern/Western Caribbean cruises from Fort Lauderdale.