The countdown to Celebrity’s first ship in ten years is on as the modern luxury cruise line is set to release Celebrity Edge inventory on March 13th. Celebrity Edge will take modern luxury to new heights, the ship’s design is simply breathtaking and is going to be the hottest ticket in town.
In fall 2018, the Edge will set sail! It’s an entirely new class of ship and will be smaller than the line’s most recent ship, Celebrity Reflection which debuted in 2012. That ship was 126,000 gross tons, with a passenger capacity of just over 3,000 guests. The new Celebrity Edge will be 117,000 gross tons and will be capable of holding around 2,900 guests. The small ship build ensures Celebrity stays true to its luxury experience for guests.
Celebrity Edge was built at the STX shipyards in Saint-Nazaire, France. The Edge Celebrity Edge is the first in a four-ship order that will enter service between 2018 and 2022. Celebrity Edge will receive her first sister-ship, Celebrity Beyond, in the spring of 2020. The names of the remaining two cruise ships have not been announced yet.
Their smaller size ship class means that these four vessels will be more versatile than the larger Solstice Class ships that entered service between 2008 and 2012. The strategy seems to bridge the gap between the smaller Millennium Class ships that entered service starting in 2000, including Celebrity Millennium, Celebrity Infinity, Celebrity Summit and Celebrity Constellation.
Edge Class is destined to be a trailblazer in modern luxury travel,” said Richard D. Fain, Chairman, and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. “The new ships will be on the cutting edge of innovation and the leading edge of design, so the ship names are spot on and offer a sense of how Celebrity Cruises is looking into the future.”
“The ship will be well worth the wait,” says Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, Celebrity’s President, and CEO. “We set the bar high for the architects and designers on Edge class, and we were rewarded with a stunning design. Cutting the ship’s first piece of steel is the traditional first step in the shipbuilding process, and I’m excited to see our dreams turn into reality over the next 24 months. We are excited to reveal more details soon, and travelers, trade partners and enthusiasts alike will not be disappointed — this ship is going to be amazing.”
The modern luxury cruise line recently announced it had appointed design icon Nate Berkus to be its “design ambassador” for Celebrity Edge, with a series of reveals set for March to coincide with the annual Seatrade conference in Florida, along with further reveals for this year and 2018.
The Edge Class will continue to reflect Celebrity’s “Modern Luxury” trend of ship design that it began back with the Celebrity Solstice in 2008. Celebrity Solstice and her sisters brought innovations and technologies from parent company Royal Caribbean’s mega-liners and rolled them into an equally-large, though substantially more elegant, package.
Where Celebrity Edge will sail to is still a mystery. Luxury Cruise Connections clients will get an exclusive insider peek at the Edge’s itineraries and sale dates on March 13th.