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Celebrity Edge / Celebrity Beyond Pool Deck

By Dori Saltzman
Cruise Critic Senior Editor

Celebrity Edge Overview

Celebrity Edge is the first of four new cruise ships that will debut under Celebrity's Edge-class moniker. Edge will debut in November 2018 and will feature several innovations for the cruise line and for the greater cruise industry. Among the first-at-sea inventions will be a moveable deck, and cabins with "balcony" spaces that can transform from outside to inside.

Measuring 129,500 gross registered tons, Celebrity Edge and its four fleetmates ships will have a double passenger capacity of 2,900 people, making them larger than both the line's Millennium-class and Solstice-class ships.

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All four ships are being built at the STX shipyard in France. The second ship, Celebrity Beyond, is scheduled to debut in spring 2020. The two yet-unnamed ships will sail in fall 2021 and spring 2022.


A Few Quick Highlights

  • Four main dining rooms, each with a selection of distinct menu items
  • Magic Carpet:  A moveable deck that serves different purposes depending upon which deck it's positioned
  • Infinite Verandas : Cabins with "balcony" spaces that can transform from outside space to indoor space with the touch of a button
  • High-tech theater with five rotating shows

A Roving Deck

Perhaps the most innovative feature cruisers will find on Celebrity Edge will be a moveable deck, dubbed the Magic Carpet. The tennis court-sized deck is cantilevered off the side of the ship and can move up and down, all the way from the bottom, at Deck 2, to the tippy-top on Deck 16. Its function will vary depending on which deck the Magic Carpet has been placed.

When stationed on Deck 2, the Magic Carpet will serve as a throughway for passengers getting onto and off of tender boats, as they will be able to walk directly from the ship onto the Magic Carpet and then onto the tender without any need for ramps or unwieldy stairs. This will make it much easier for mobility-challenged cruisers to get between the cruise ship and the tenders.

When not in use for tendering, the Magic Carpet will be stationed either on Deck 5 as an alfresco extension to a raw bar restaurant there, or on Deck 14 where it will serve as a location for happy hours and late-night parties.

At dinnertime on select nights, the Magic Carpet will become an exclusive, small-capacity restaurant on Deck 16, with meals created using ingredients sourced by the chef in a destination visited during the cruise.

At no point will passengers be permitted to "ride" the Magic Carpet when it is moving between decks.


Dining

Celebrity Edge will feature four main dining rooms, as well as six new-to-Celebrity specialty restaurants. Only two of the line's signature restaurants -- Blu (for AquaClass cruisers) and Luminae (for suite cruisers) -- will return.

Passengers on Celebrity Edge will be able to choose between set dining and the flexible Celebrity Selection program. Unlike other Celebrity ships, which have only one main dining room, cruisers who select set dining do not have to stick to just one of the four main restaurants. Instead, they can to change their restaurant nightly if they'd like.

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Seventy-five percent of the menu at each of the four main dining rooms will be the same across the venues, but 25 percent of each menu will feature items that reflect each restaurant's inspiration. Additionally, all restaurants will offer the line's "Classics" section every night.

Normandie Restaurant (Deck 3): Inspired by Murano, Celebrity's French fine dining venue found on its Solstice-class ships, Normandie's featured menu will include contemporary French cuisine. Some of these dishes will be pulled straight from the Murano menu, and others will be new to the line. Additionally, Normandie will feature authentic panels from the original S.S. Normandie that used to be on display onboard Celebrity Summit.

Tuscan Restaurant (Deck 3): This restaurant is inspired by another of Celebrity's signature specialty dining venues, Tuscan Grille. The featured menu here offers up cuisine straight from the south of Italy, while the design reflects the fashion-forward chicness of Milan.

Cosmopolitan Restaurant (Deck 4): Celebrity didn't just look to its specialty restaurants for inspiration, as demonstrated by Cosmopolitan, which is a nod to the line's current main dining rooms with a featured menu that offers the "best of the best" of the line's most popular main dining dishes.

Cyprus Restaurant (Deck 4): Celebrity Edge's fourth main dining room is an homage to the line's Greek heritage -- Celebrity Cruises was found in 1989 by Greece-based Chandris Group. The featured menu here is Mediterranean, with a focus on Greek specialties.

Luminae (Deck 12): Luminae is a restaurant for the exclusive use of suite passengers located in the suites-only The Retreat section of the ship.

Blu (Deck 5): This spa-centric restaurant is for the exclusive use of passengers staying in AquaClass cabins, as well as suites.

Oceanivew Cafe (Deck 14): Celebrity Cruises' signature buffet.

Mast Grill (Deck 14): Celebrity Cruises' poolside grill.

Eden Cafe (Deck 5): The Eden Cafe, located within Eden, will provide complimentary breakfast and lunch bites. The space also has two smaller outdoor areas so cruisers can take their sandwiches outside to enjoy the views and breeze.

Grand Plaza Cafe (Deck 3): A small cafe offering casual daytime nibbles.

For Fee Dining

Celebrity Edge will also feature seven specialty restaurants -- one of which will offer a pop-up dining experience on select nights.

Eden Restaurant (Deck 4); $65: As much a theatrical experience as it will be a fine dining venue, Eden Restaurant will offer five courses of "experiential dishes" served by performance artists the line calls Edenists. Each course will offer two menu items to choose between with ethereal names, such as raindrops, morning dew, the deep or heavenly sin. The experience will end with an event Celebrity is calling "The Crescendo" in the bar. 

Le Grand Bistro (Deck 4); $25: Not content to only offer a small selection of French dishes at Normandie Restaurant, Celebrity Edge will also offer Le Grand Bistro. Inspired by classic French bistros, seating options will range from tables on a planter-edged "sidewalk" to the inner cafe with sea views. At breakfast and lunch, the sidewalk counter here will offer a la carte pastries, freshly-baked breads, sandwiches and other quick bites.

At dinner, starters will include steamed mussels with garlic and white wine, escargot, lobster bisque, French onion soup,  an arugula and roasted tomato crepe and two salads. Entrees will include steak frites, trout, roasted baby chicken, and a different plat du jour each day: Monday is seared sea bass, while Wednesday is slow-cooked duck breast and Sunday is short rib bourguignon.

The wine menu will be quite extensive.

Le Petit Chef (Deck 4); Price Not Yet Revealed: Once or twice per cruise, the menu at Le Grand Bistro will be replaced by the TableMations Studio Experience, during which Le Petit Chef, an adorable animated character, appears beside your plate and "prepares" each course you'll be eating before waiters serve the actual dish. (For instance, Le Petit Chef might head to the North Pole on a sleigh to roll a ball of snow to throw onto your plate, then spray chocolate sauce over it through a firehose nozzle.) The Le Petit Chef experience will feature two fixed menus for diners to choose from.

Fine Cut Steakhouse (Deck 5); $55: This is Edge's upscale steak and seafood restaurant decorated in a warm palette of ruby, amber and gold design elements. On the menu you'll find pan-seared scallops, Berkshire pork belly, six- or nine-ounce filet mignon, 14-ounce USDA prime boneless ribeye, 14-ounce herb-marinated veal chop, 14-ounce USDA prime boneless NY Strip, grilled sea bass, braised beef short ribs, grass-fed lamb chops, split-roasted Maine lobster and barley bourguignon risotto. There are also six side dish choices including smoked bacon mac 'n' cheese, creamed spinach, parmesan truffle steak fries and a creamy mushroom fricassee.

Raw on 5 (Deck 5); a la carte: This raw bar will offer hot and cold items, serving everything from oysters, crab and lobster to shrimp salad, sushi and sashimi, lobster rolls, Japanese noodles, New England clam chowder, caviar, edamame, two choices of seafood towers and more. When the Magic Carpet is positioned on Deck 5 it will provide an open-air extension to Raw on 5.

Rooftop Garden Grill (Deck 15); $45 for dinner: Just because you're at sea doesn't mean you have to forgo the outdoor barbecue. At this venue, located in a corner of the Rooftop Garden, you can enjoy gourmet versions of your favorite backyard barbecue standards for lunch and dinner, including chicken wings, pulled pork sliders, braised beef short rib chili, seafood kabobs, hickory-smoked brisket, mesquite baby bay ribs, grilled skirt pepper steaks, and, of course, burgers. You'll also find flatbread pizzas and a choice of sides.

Dinner on the Edge (Deck 16); Price Not Yet Revealed: Offered only once or twice per cruise, this ultra-exclusive dinner will be held on the Magic Carpet when it's situated on Deck 16. Along with stunning views out over the ocean, the venue will offer meals sourced by the chef at a port along Celebrity Edge's sailing.

Cafe Al Bacio (Deck 4); a la carte: Part lounge, part eatery, this Celebrity signature will offer up specialty coffees and sweet treats along with comfy seating.

Spa Cafe & Juice Bar (Deck 14); a la carte: Healthy bites during the day along with smoothies and fresh-squeezed juice will be on offer here.

Il Secondo Bacio (Deck 14); a la carte: More of a grab-and-go counter than a dining venue or lounge, cruisers will be able to get specialty coffees and freshly-squeezed juices at this spot located inside the Oceanview Cafe.


Cabins

Celebrity Edge will debut several new cabin classes, as well as the line's first cabins for solo travelers. One of the cabin classes, the Infinite Veranda, is a first for oceangoing vessels. New door lock technology in the rooms will enable cruisers to open their cabin doors using an app on their phones.

Oceanview: These rooms (measuring either 200 or 238 square feet) fit two to three people, with some rooms having a convertible sofa bed and others having one pulldown Pullman bed. You'll find Panoramic Oceanview rooms (212 square feet) on Decks 6. 

Infinite Verandas: Designed to blend indoor with outdoor, Infinite Verandas make the balcony a part of the overall cabin, thanks to bi-fold doors that can be either completely closed creating a true balcony or left open, creating a sunlit indoor space that adds about 23 percent more space to the room. The balcony features a floor-to-ceiling window that can be opened when the bi-fold doors are closed -- again, creating the "real" balcony feel. When the bi-fold doors are open and the window is closed, the entire section is air-conditioned, giving passengers an expansive view of the outdoors with the creature comfort of A/C.

Edge will have 918 Infinite Veranda cabins, spread across decks 6, 7, 8,  and 9, including 16 single-accommodation rooms, the first cabins the line has ever created specifically to solo cruisers.

The rest of the cabins on Celebrity Edge will be split among suites, AquaClass, Concierge Class, balcony (202 to 228 square feet plus 40- to 89-square-foot balconies), ocean-view (200 to 242 square feet) and inside (181 to 202 square feet) options. The line has said all double occupancy cabins will feature king-sized beds with cashmere bedding, while the single occupancy Infinite Veranda rooms will have queen beds.

Suites

An impressive 12 percent of cabins on Celebrity Edge will be suites; a bump of 7 percent over the line's Solstice Class. Among the choices will be two new-to-Celebrity suite options, as well as an exclusive suite enclave called The Retreat.

The larger of the two new suite categories will be the two Iconic Suites, each coming in at more than 5,000 square feet. Both will be located above the bridge, facing forward, essentially giving occupants the same view as the captain. Iconic Suites have two bedrooms and 700-square-foot balconies placed over the bridge wing; balconies will have private Jacuzzis and cabanas. The two Iconic Suites are mirror images of each other.

The second new suite category is the two-level Edge Villa, which features an elevated master bedroom, large living room and two full bathrooms. The six Edge Villas will each span Decks 14 and 15. Each Edge Villa balcony will feature a private plunge pool. Additionally, cruisers staying in Edge Villas will have direct walkout access to The Retreat sun deck, a part of a suites-only complex called The Retreat. (This suite-only enclave is another first for Celebrity.)

The Retreat, which will be free to use but only be available to passengers staying in suites, includes a private pool and sun deck, lounge and restaurant. The lounge will serve breakfast and host a happy hour daily.

Another suite with access to The Retreat will be the two 1,578-square-foot Penthouse Suites, which each feature two bedrooms and two baths, as well as an expansive walk-in closet and a soaking tub on the balcony.

There will also be 146 one-bedroom Sky Suites onboard, all with outward facing king-sized beds.


Outdoor Spaces

The pool deck, Deck 14, on Celebrity Edge will be called the Resort Deck and was designed by architect Tom Wright. It features two-story windows, with chaise lounges positioned about them facing out to sea. The deck's large pool is flanked by sculptural trees and two "martini glass" hot tubs that overlook the deck below.

The Resort Deck will also feature six oversized, private, for-fee cabanas.

Not far from the Resort Deck is The Rooftop Garden, a unique space that combines the popular top-deck Lawn Club found on the Solstice-class ships with the Rooftop Terrace that is so popular on Millennium-class ships. The area is filled with live greenery and sophisticated, fabricated tree sculptures. The sculptures, in addition to being interesting to look out, double as seats for musical performers.

During the day The Rooftop Garden will host yoga and various games and activities. At night, passengers can show up for live music and the line's "A Taste of Film," which pairs movies and dining.

As with all other Celebrity ships, Celebrity Edge will feature an adults-only Solarium.


Entertainment

The Theatre

Celebrity Edge's main theater will be a super high-tech space with four stage areas; three gigantic, moving projection screens; two rotating spiral staircases; 10 synchronized panoramic projection screens; 16 state-of-the-art video mapping laser projectors; and aerial performance rigging. The main stage wll extend far into the audience creating a a partial theater-in-the-round effect, and a dual-direction platform will be able to raise performers seven feet above the stage. 

The new full production shows will be performed: the Shakespeare-inspired "A Hot Summer Night's Dream," which combines light-hearted theater and acrobatics; "The Jewelry Box," which relies heavily on The Theatre's technology; "Kaleidoscope," a high-energy music and dance extravaganza; and two shows that are part of Celebrity's new Headline Residency program (which focuses a specific show around on-ship talent, rather than fly-on guest stars) -- "Get Up," a pop concert-esqe show starring Marcus Terell, and "The Purpose," a production designed to celebrate the inner self and be uplifting, featuring the vocals of Ashlie Amber Harris. 

The Club

This multi-purpose venue will serve as an action-packed gaming space during the day and the ship's nightclub once the sun goes down. 

During the day, cruisers can participate in the Funovation Laser Maze Challenge or Drone Hunting laser obstacle course. For the first, participants will need to be quick on their feet to navigate their way through a field of lasers. In the latter, they'll need to navigate the laser maze while also hunting for competitors' drones. 

As the sun goes down, Undercover at The Club puts a contemporary spin on the Prohibition era with 1920s-inspired craft cocktails and an aerial saxophonist. As part of the evening fun, cruisers can make their way through the futuristic body scanner, Andromeda, that generates a random, space-age profile for each person, assigning them one of eight alien species and including such things as suggested cocktails and recommended entertainment options. 

Also at night will be the Hypno Cam Experience, an at-sea dance party featuring a high-tech camera that's passed around to capture photos, which are instantly displayed on a giant LED screen. 


Bars & Lounges

The ship will also have several bars and lounges most of which will be familiar to past Celebrity cruisers including the Martini Bar, pool and casino bars and the Sunset Bar.

New will be the Eden Bar. Located within the larger Eden space, Eden Bar will be the coolest place on the ship to hang out with a living wall of plants -- cleverly called the Library of Plants. Mixologists will snip ingredients straight off the wall while making drinks, so you'll always know you're getting the freshest mint.

The Club (see above) will be Celebrity Edge's late-night dance club.

Suite passengers will have their own lounge and bar -- the Retreat Lounge and Retreat Pool Bar, which will also have private cabanas and plush loungers.


Itineraries

Celebrity Edge's first itineraries will alternate between weeklong Eastern and Western Caribbean sailings, departing roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale starting December 2018. Eastern Caribbean voyages will visit San Juan, Tortola and St. Maarten. Western Caribbean cruises will take passengers to Key West, Costa Maya, Cozumel and Grand Cayman.

After its Caribbean season is over, the ship will head overseas to offer a series of Mediterranean cruises out of Barcelona and Rome; it also will offer a two-night mini-cruise out of Southampton, England. In the Med, Celebrity Edge will offer seven-night Barcelona and Rome sailings through early summer of 2019. In fall 2019, it will sail roundtrip 10-night Western Mediterranean and 11-night Eastern Med cruises. The seven-night "open-jaw" itineraries are unique, calling at a total of 11 ports, with only one repeat port of call (Florence). Passengers also can opt for a back-to-back 14-night cruise.


Family

The ship's youth program, Camp at Sea, will have more than 500 activities to choose from, including Celebrity's first youth coding class as sea. Edge will have two separate spaces, one for kids and the other for teens.

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