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Celebrity Edge – A Whole New Experience

In December 2018 I was one of the lucky few invited on board the launch of Celebrity Cruises latest $1 billion ship, Celebrity Edge! Having worked in the travel sector for over 15 years I’ve seen many ships launch, new concepts, new dining, new waterslides etc the list goes on. However since the initial plans for Edge came out it’s really excited me, and the reality has changed the way I view cruise.

I’m 35 years old and not your “average” cruiser, however I would whole heartedly plan my next holiday on this amazing ship. It’s beyond what the perception of a cruise is, it’s a total experience from the dining, to the wellness to the unique entertainment.
We boarded the ship from Celebrity’s brand new cruise terminal in Miami. It has a sleek, modern luxury feel to it. As we arrive at the terminal I am checked in via my iPhone, and then whizzing through the terminal and boarding the ship, a totally stress free, tech savvy process.
Once on board, one thing that really got my attention was the high ceilings, open spaces, cutting edge interiors designed by Kelly Hoppen and the feel of a luxury resort. This is everything I want from a cruise, it’s like we’ve finally stepped into a modern era and exactly what a new generation of travellers are looking for.

I was staying in Aqua Class cabin which offers extra privileges and is designed around those clients seeking relaxation and wellbeing. You get extra perks such as your own exclusive restaurant to use (blu), complimentary access to the thermal area in the spa, flavoured teas, pillow menus and even exhale bedding with a cashmere mattress. The cabins themselves are spacious, they showcase the new infinite balcony, and one of my highlights is how tech friendly it is. Just using my iPhone I could access my cabin as a keycard, control the mood lighting, control the TV and even close the blinds on my floor to ceiling balcony.

I was eager to explore this amazing ship. The ship has a lot to see and it probably took me the first day to really acquaint myself with most of the main areas, however the one thing I liked is that even though it is a large ship there are so many small space areas to relax and unwind without feeling there’s a lot of people on board. I was on board at 75% capacity and felt extremely comfortable, on Edge space is not an issue.
Out on the main pool deck there was a DJ playing chilled music, there were people chilling in cabanas and then you look to right and you see the amazing magic carpet. The magic carpet moves to different decks throughout the day as a dining venue.

Towards the back of the ship you have the rooftop gardens. This is space where in the daytime you may have an acoustic guitarist playing, and then by night you can be watching dirty dancing under the stars. The rooftop garden is also a dining venue which offers back garden bbq style food with sliders, pulled pork and more. Just behind the rooftop gardens you have the sunset bar which is a great way to finish the day on the back of the ship with friends sipping a cocktail.

In the past when I have travelled on cruise lines dining can be a bit of a bug bear with the same routine, same main restaurant etc. This is where Edge has absolutely excelled itself. Rather than just having one main complimentary dining restaurant, there are four. The for main restaurants are themed new American, Italian, French and then to my all time favourite Cypriot. The restaurants are intimate, stylish and give you that feel that you are dining speciality every evening. In addition to this you then have a further 7 speciality restaurants featuring seafood, steak house, le petit chef (a must) and more. Every meal I had on board was an experience, tasty and made me feel like I was dining at a different country every time. On our first day we had lunch at Eden which is a whole new experience, immersive, quirky and great lunch time food.

After seeing around 5 different cabin types, you can hardly call these rooms cabins. They are not, they are suites, they are villas, they are everything that makes Edge different. My personal favourite was the Edge Villas and the penthouse suites. If you’re looking for that WOW factor on your cruise, or deserve to be treated extra special then these are in my opinion the best out there.

In the evening is when Edge really comes alive. We started our evening with pre dinner drinks at the amazing Martini bar, dinner at a fabulous restaurant and then on to some entertainment. Now this is the bit where I was expecting Jersey Boys, West end show blah blah….. Oh no, completely original shows and something that is high tech, yet totally engaging. My favourite show was the Jewelry Box and is a must whilst on board.

In summary I would say that Edge has really challenged what a cruise holiday should be and made it into exactly what people now want from a holiday. Luxury surroundings, fine dining, quirky entertainment and most of all a place where you can relax and unwind away from the day to stresses of life.
The finishing touch for me was seeing on checking out that Celebrity had chosen Malala Yousafzai to be godmother of the ship. Celebrity Cruises president and CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo said the reason the decision to choose Malala was to promote diversity and gender equality.

“For a special ship we wanted a very special godmother,” Fain said. “As a child Malala had the courage to stand up for the right of all people, including girls, for basic and safe education. She stood up for what she believed in, even in the face of continual harassment and threats on her life.”
Richard Fain of chairman of the group

If you’d like to discuss Edge in more detail and get the in’s and out’s from Mark who went on board, please feel free to contact us on 0203 189 1381. To view our Instagram story from on board the ship click here 

Celebrity Cruises will also be holding a short presentation at our luxury travel show in January. Book your space at our presentation click here

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