Celebrity Edge’s impending arrival in Sydney has set a new record for bookings, with the luxury line claiming the high-tech vessel’s first season  has seen luxury sales boom.

Australian passengers have been trading up, with a fifth of bookings for the ultra-luxe ship-within-a-ship area called The Retreat, including Iconic Suites and Penthouse Suites.

Sales of the Edge have exceeded other Celebrity season launches by an amazing four times.

“Bringing Celebrity Edge to our waters will be a complete game changer, offering a luxury cruise experience never before seen in this part of the world,” says Tim Jones, Vice President and Managing Director of Celebrity Cruises Australia and APAC.

“Celebrity Edge redefines the cruise experience in so many ways: she’s a luxury boutique hotel serving up Michelin-star dining, approaches wellness through a holistic lens including industry-first health and fitness offerings, further elevates the suite guest experience through The Retreat, and basically rewrote the rule book on ship design.

“We know for certain that guests will not be disappointed.”

And he added: “Our research shows an increasingly positive sentiment towards travel again, and this record-breaking season opening reinforces that optimism about the future too. Celebrity Edge carved out a new and unique category, filling the gap between premium cruises and small ship luxury, resulting in an experience unlike any other.

“Australians who have already experienced Celebrity Edge overseas understand just how unique the ship is, and they’ve been quick to secure preferred cabins such as those in The Retreat. Soon, travellers will have the chance to experience Edge in their own backyard, with unique onboard and shoreside enrichment, Michelin-star dining, and a new era of wellness – all wrapped into one holiday. ”

Celebrity Cruises opened the 2023/24 season to the general public on September 15, offering an array of 6- to 13-night itineraries from early December 2023 through to April 2024,

The ship will sail Australia and neighbouring New Zealand, along with the tropical South Pacific.

Guests can choose from 12 bespoke itineraries visiting 22 ports with departures from both Sydney and Auckland.

Celebrity maintains The Retreat  is the ultimate luxury vacation experience where every guest enjoys stunning suite accommodation,  private dining, exclusive spaces, and a long line-up of services and amenities included.

Meanwhile Celebrity Captain Kate McCue, who has a huge following on Instagram, has paid her first visit to her new ship – the high-tech Celebrity Beyond, which can be seen on this video.