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A ship with a magic carpet?

by Mike

15 March 2017 • Yes, Celebrity Cruises is going to introduce the first magic carpet at sea and it will be as large as a tennis court.

Celebrity Cruises gave us a first look at the new class of ship which will come into service at the end of 2018. The first one, to be named CELEBRITY EDGE, is under construction in Saint-Nazaire. Ho, ho, ho, we still have to wait until December 2018 before we can cruise on her.

I remember when ten years ago I discovered the (then) new CELEBRITY SOLSTICE. O my god, I was so impressed, and still many people say this class represents some of the best cruiseships afloat.

Let's have a look at the first revelations for the EDGE-class.

1. Magic Carpet

Perched on the starboard side of the ship, the Magic Carpet makes CELEBRITY EDGE’s distinctive, sleek profile recognizable from miles away.

The size of a tennis court, this incredible engineering feat is the world’s first cantilevered venue that travels 13 decks.

This spectacular space is repositioned alongside several decks and transforms into a new and exciting venue depending on which deck it’s positioned.  Below it is an embarkation platform for tenders. On Deck 5 it can be an "al fresco" restaurant, and on Deck 16 it becomes a luxurious sunset restaurant for maximum 90 passengers.

2. Edge Villas

A new category of suites are the six two-level Edge Villas, which offer stunning, outward-facing views, private plunge pools and direct walk-out access to The Retreat Sundeck, a convenience reserved exclusively for Edge Villa guests.

3. The Retreat

Only for suite guests, the chic atmosphere of The Retreat Sundeck rivals any high-end resort.

This spacious outdoor lounge area, which includes The Retreat Pool and The Retreat Pool Bar, makes it easy to unplug with plush, stylish furniture, a full-sized pool, and a hot tub.

Guests can relax in hanging chairs while the water laps beneath their feet or lay back in the shaded resort-style cabanas and soak up the nearly 240-degree panoramic views on the forward end of the ship.

4. Edge Stateroom

The new Edge Stateroom with Infinite Veranda turns guest quarters into a seamless space, from the room's door all the way to the water's edge.

The simple touch of a button gives guests open-air access to the sea, bringing the outside in and the inside out.

With the touch of another button, guests can take complete control of their stateroom and personalize everything from lighting, shades, temperature and service – even choosing a setting to tuck them in or gently wake them.

5. The Rooftop Garden

The Rooftop Garden is one of many spaces aboard CELEBRITY EDGE that will lure guests out to relax and play. The garden, tended daily by a resident horticulturist, is the perfect place for guests to enjoy games and activities through the day.

At night, it is home to live music and the outdoor movie-and-meal pairing of "A Taste of Film."

At night

6. Cabanas

Six spacious rentable cabanas line the starboard side of the deck and provide a cool hot spot for incredible outward-facing views. At night, ambient lighting enhances the intimacy of the spaces even more.

Website: Celebrity Cruises

Text: Mike