Celebrity Cruises is bringing whole new meaning to the concept of cool with its newest ship, the 2,918-passenger Celebrity Edge, plans for which have just been unveiled in Miami.
South African-born designer Kelly Hoppen, in her first sea-going project, has produced breathtakingly beautiful interiors, all bleached wood with shades of stone and cream, while 918 of the cabins have a unique design, with a floor-to-ceiling window that opens to create a balcony or closes to make a light-filled living area.
There are 176 suites, more than on any other Celebrity ship, sharing a gorgeous private deck, The Retreat, with its own pool, lounge and restaurant. Six two-deck-high Edge Villas have their own plunge pool, while the two Iconic Suites are right on top of the bridge, with massive balconies and sweeping sea views.
Gone is the Lawn Club that’s a feature of Celebrity’s Solstice class ships, replaced by a lush rooftop garden, filled with living plants and featuring a grill, a giant movie screen and at night, live music.
But possibly the most striking feature revealed so far is the Magic Carpet, a tennis court-sized platform that travels up and down the side of the ship.
On Deck 16, it’s a romantic restaurant. When it’s on Deck 14, it’s an outdoor chill-out lounge, and on Deck 5, an al fresco dining area for one of the speciality restaurants. Down at Deck 2, it becomes a luxurious boarding platform for the tenders.
Edge will sail in the Caribbean initially, although further itineraries – and more detail of what’s on board – will be revealed over the coming months.