The popular cruise line unveils details of its cutting-edge new vessel, which sets sail in 2018.

By Tom Austin
March 13, 2017
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Taking in the snazzy technological wizardry of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.’s “Innovation Lab” at PortMiami, with different tableaux rooms creating a virtual reality tour of the upcoming Celebrity Edge, Richard D. Fain—Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., the parent company of Celebrity Cruises— serenaded the future. “This is the first cruise ship to be designed and introduced in 3-D, and we have democratized the design process,” he said. “With 3-D technology, everyone at Celebrity—from dining room managers to entertainers—can contribute input on Celebrity Edge and our new line of Celebrity Edge ships.”

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Naturally, the virtual launch of the 3,373-passenger Celebrity Edge, which debuts in the fall of 2018 and will service the Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale, compelled the real life attendance of the ship’s all-star design team, from Design Ambassador Nate Berkus to architect Tom Wright and interior designer Kelly Hoppen. For Berkus, Hoppen – who has never worked with cruise ships – is all about the modern luxury dialectic, creating a “movable world class resort, with the elegance of a curated residential project.”

With an innovative touch, each cabin’s “Infinite Veranda” eliminates the need for traditional sliding glass doors, allowing for more interior space and a greater engagement with the ocean. Guests can experience rooms that have 23 percent more square footage and 10 percent larger bathrooms than the line’s Solstice-class ships. There will also be plenty more suites available, including two new categories: the Iconic Suites, located above the ship’s bridge, which have 2,592 square feet of space and panoramic windows in the living room, dining area, and bedrooms. There will also be six two-level Edge Villas, which have two stories of windows, private plunge pools, and direct access to The Retreat, with its own Sundeck and private restaurant, Luminae at the Retreat.

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Wright presided over a 3-D viewing room for the forward-thinking “Magic Carpet,” a movable, tennis-court-sized cantilevered steel platform that juts out from the starboard hull, moving from deck 2 to 16 and transforming into four different concepts. For example, on deck 14, it becomes an extension of the main pool area. But on deck 16, some 90 guests will be able to dine way above the water on the platform (Deck 16 is also home to a 8,073-square-foot Rooftop Garden with performers sitting in sculptural “trees.”) And the party is just getting started: three more Celebrity Edge sister ships will soon be on the way.