Celebrity Edge

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Celebrity Edge
Celebrity Edge - Sept 2018 (cropped).jpg
Celebrity Edge in Saint-Nazaire
History
Name: Celebrity Edge
Owner: Celebrity Edge Inc.[1] (Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.)
Operator: Celebrity Cruises[1]
Builder: STX France
Laid down: 21 November 2016
Launched: 23 January 2018
Completed: 31 October 2018
Maiden voyage: 9 December 2018
Identification:
Status: In service
General characteristics
Class and type: Edge-class cruise ship
Type: Passenger ship
Tonnage: 130,818 GT[1]
Length: 306 m (1,004 ft)[1]
Beam: 39 m (128 ft)[1]
Draft: 8.4 m (28 ft)[1]
Decks: 15[2]
Installed power:
Propulsion:
Speed: 21.8 knots (40.4 km/h; 25.1 mph)[3]
Capacity: 2,918[3]
Crew: 1,377[2]

Celebrity Edge is an Edge-class cruise ship operated by Celebrity Cruises. She is the lead vessel of the Edge class in the fleet, and at 130,818 GT, she is currently the largest ship in the fleet by gross tonnage.

She commenced operations in December 2018.[4]

History[edit]

Planning[edit]

On 4 December 2014, Celebrity Cruises' parent company, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., announced that they had finalized an order with STX France for two new ships that would compose a new class of vessels for the Celebrity Cruises fleet.[5] Known under Project EDGE, these two new ships were planned to be at 117,000 GT each, with a guest capacity of 2,900 passengers.[5] Deliveries were planned for Fall 2018 and early 2020 for the two vessels, respectively.[5] Each ship is reported to come at a cost of $1 billion.[6]

Construction[edit]

Celebrity Cruises marked the inauguration of construction for the first new Edge class vessel with the steel-cutting ceremony on 21 November 2016 at the STX France shipyard.[7][8] On the same day, Celebrity Cruises announced the name of the first newbuild as Celebrity Edge, and her sister ship as Celebrity Beyond,[7][8] which was later changed to Celebrity Apex in July 2018.[9]

Celebrity Edge had its keel-laying and coin ceremony at STX France on 21 June 2017,[10] six months following the steel-cutting. She was officially launched on 23 January 2018, marking its float-out from the shipyard.[11] On 27 July 2018, she began her first round of sea trials[12] and completed them four days later, on 1 August.[13] Her second and final round of sea trials were performed in September 2018.[13]

Delivery and christening[edit]

23 months after construction began, Celebrity Edge was delivered to Celebrity Cruises on 31 October 2018.[14]

In April 2017, Celebrity Cruises named Nobel Peace Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai, as the godmother to Celebrity Edge[15] and upon the ship's arrival in Fort Lauderdale, she christened the ship on 4 December 2018.[16]

Design and facilities[edit]

Of the ship's newest features, her most notable is an orange protruding platform, called the "Magic Carpet," that is suspended along the starboard side of the ship, which is designed to facilitate safer and more accessible tender embarkation and disembarkation, as well as host dining and lounge space while the ship is at sea.[17] Celebrity Edge is also installed with balcony staterooms, called "infinite verandas," that incorporate the outward patio of the balcony into the stateroom by moving the steel superstructure of the ship inward.[17]

The ship's bow is also designed to maximize fuel efficiency by having a parabolic shape that vertically rises towards its decks, as opposed to the bulbous bows with a raked design commonly found on passenger ships.[18]

Route[edit]

Following her delivery, Celebrity Edge jumpstarted her inaugural season on 6 November 2018 with a transatlantic sailing from France to her homeport of Port Everglades.[19] As a result of construction moving faster than expected, Celebrity Cruises announced four short, three-day preview cruises on 21 November, 24 November, 1 December, and 6 December.[4][20] Her official maiden voyage started on 9 December 2018, calling in the Western Caribbean ports of Key West, Grand Cayman, and Costa Maya.[4]

As of December 2018, Celebrity Edge homeports in Fort Lauderdale, Florida at Port Everglades and operates Eastern and Western Caribbean sailings during the winter season.[19] The ship spent summer 2019 cruising around Europe and the Mediterranean[21] before returning to Port Everglades in the fall to resume sailing Caribbean itineraries[22] with the first woman to command the helm of a cruise ship in the captain's position.[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Celebrity Edge (34827)". DNV GL Vessel Register. Det Norske Veritas. Retrieved 2018-11-02.
  2. ^ a b "Celebrity Edge". CruiseMapper. Retrieved 14 December 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Celebrity Edge Cruise Ship". Celebrity Cruises. Retrieved 14 December 2018.
  4. ^ a b c Kalosh, Anne (8 January 2018). "Celebrity Edge is entering service earlier, five cruises added". Seatrade Cruise News. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  5. ^ a b c Staff, C. I. N. (2014-12-04). "Celebrity Cruises Orders Two New Ships". www.cruiseindustrynews.com.
  6. ^ Bloom Begley, Laura (November 30, 2018). "Why This Billion-Dollar Cruise Ship Is The Ultimate Ship For Women". Forbes. Retrieved May 21, 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Celebrity Cruises Cuts Steel, Announces Names for First Edge-Class Ships". www.cruisecritic.com.
  8. ^ a b Pickford, Mary Ann (2016-11-22). "Celebrity reveals names of new Edge Class ships". Cruise International.
  9. ^ Kemble, Harry (2018-07-24). "Celebrity Cruises changes name of next Edge series ship". travelweekly.co.uk.
  10. ^ "Celebrity Cruises Marks Keel Laying of Celebrity Edge". www.cruisecritic.com.
  11. ^ "New Celebrity Edge Cruise Ship Floats Out". www.cruisecritic.com.
  12. ^ "Celebrity Cruises' New Cruise Ship Begins Sea Trials". cruisefever.net. Retrieved 2018-07-30.
  13. ^ a b "New Celebrity Edge Cruise Ship Successfully Completes First Sea Trials". www.cruisecritic.com. 2018-08-01.
  14. ^ Staff, C. I. N. (2018-10-31). "Celebrity Edge Delivered". www.cruiseindustrynews.com.
  15. ^ Stieghorst, Tim (2017-04-27). "Malala Yousafzai named Celebrity Edge godmother: Travel Weekly". www.travelweekly.com.
  16. ^ "Celebrity Edge: Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai helps christen ship in Florida". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2018-12-07.
  17. ^ a b Kalosh, Anne (2017-03-13). "Celebrity Edge dazzles with style, Magic Carpet, infinite veranda rooms". Seatrade Cruise News.
  18. ^ Stieghorst, Tim (2018-09-07). "Celebrity and the next wave of hull design: Travel Weekly". www.travelweekly.com.
  19. ^ a b Staff, C. I. N. (2018-10-31). "Celebrity Edge Delivered". www.cruiseindustrynews.com.
  20. ^ Leposa, Adam (2018-02-23). "Celebrity Cancels Dec. 3 Edge Preview Cruise". Travel Agent Central.
  21. ^ Monk, Dave (13 September 2018). "Celebrity Edge: What to expect on the $1bn cruise ship". The Telegraph. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  22. ^ "Celebrity Sends Six Ships to Caribbean for 2019 – 2020 Season". Travel Agent Central. 2017-12-11.
  23. ^ Mzezewa, Tariro (February 25, 2019). "Please Call Her Captain". The New York Times. Retrieved January 6, 2020.