First Look: ‘Celebrity Edge’

Magic carpets, onboard gardens, and much more.

By Lisa Cheng

‘Celebrity Edge’ (seven-night sailings, from $1,149 a person), the newest ship from Celebrity Cruises, is one of the year’s most anticipated launches. Designed by a powerhouse team of top-notch talent—interior designer Patricia Urquiola, interior designer Kelly Hoppen, architect Tom Wright, architect Scott Butler, and design firm Jouin Manku—the 2,918-passenger ship impresses with spaces that are constantly changing thanks to evolving artwork, ambient lighting, and live music; an adults-only solarium with 3-D wall art; and a luxe spa. Here, some of the ship’s highlights, gathered during an exclusive preinaugural sailing.

The Magic Carpet

The multi-use Magic Carpet moves up and down the ship. Celebrity Cruises

The most attention-catching feature of ‘Celebrity Edge’ is the Magic Carpet, which hovers over the side of the ship and, by an act of engineering wizardry, moves up and down to different deck levels. The function changes depending on where the Magic Carpet is stationed—it can be a launch point for smaller boats, an alfresco bar, or a restaurant that hosts Dinner on the Edge, an intimate culinary experience that takes place only twice per cruise. (It’s not a ride, which means you can’t stay on the platform when it’s moving between decks.)

Eden

This whimsical reimagining of the biblical garden is a soaring glass-enclosed space that spans three decks and curves around a ramp scattered with plants. During the day it’s a garden with nooks for hushed conversations and reading a book. During the evening it turns into an intriguing lounge with pop-up performances, mood-inducing music, and herb-infused cocktails (try the Welt, presented in a wooden chest with smoke). There’s also a specialty restaurant that combines theater with choreographed culinary creations.

The Spa

The elements—earth, water, and air—inspired the Spa’s harmonious design and its collection of treatments, which include a massage on a bed of water-packed cushions and a body wrap consisting of peat enriched with tree nutrients, flowers, and grass. A crystal sculpture, a shelf of bonsai trees, and Buddha statues add to the Zen-inducing atmosphere. Guests can also pamper themselves under a cascade of rain then dry off in a hammam.

The Cabins

The high-tech cabins offer up cashmere bedding, porcelain-clad bathrooms, and clever features such as jewelry boxes that store outlets and USB ports. There are several different types of rooms to choose from. The Retreat is a section made up of a variety of suites, including two-level Edge Villas, with private plunge pools and wide-spanning views. Suite-class guests enjoy perks such as in-room Peloton bicycles, personal butlers, and access to private facilities like the restaurant Luminae. An innovation for the industry: a window in the Edge Staterooms With Infinite VerandasSM that slides open with the press of a button, creating an indoor-outdoor space where you can feel the sea breezes.

Alfresco Decks

The Rooftop Garden lit up at night. Celebrity Cruises

The Rooftop Garden is a kind of urban playground, with sinuous benches and tree sculptures that resemble butterfly wings and hold a perch for a musician. You can play lawn games here under the sun, sample seafood kebabs or hickory-smoked brisket, and watch films unravel under the stars. With its martini-glass-shaped hot tubs, private cabanas, and lap pool with in-water loungers, the Resort Deck is all about maximizing ocean views. All this is set against a backdrop of sculptures that look like a cross between palm trees and umbrellas.

The Entertainment

Entertainment on ‘Celebrity Edge’ is immersive and interactive: Original shows take place in The Theatre, an arena stage that employs moving backdrops, rotating spiral staircases, synchronized panoramic screens, and laser projectors. Passengers are more than bystanders at The Club, where they can run through a laser maze challenge and a drone-filled obstacle course during the day then join in the ultimate dance party at night, as photos are posted in real time on a giant LED screen.

The Food

There are an impressive 29 dining and drinking options on the ship including four main dining rooms, each serving a different cuisine, from Italian at Tuscan to French at Normandie, named after the legendary ocean liner. Specialty restaurant Le Grand Bistro delights not only with the food—expect coq au vin and fresh-baked croissants—but also with Le Petit Chef, a series of table-top animations of miniature chefs who appear with each course. Raw on 5 serves heaping seafood platters, while the Fine Cut Steakhouse pairs prime cuts of dry-aged steak with sides of creamed spinach and mushroom fricassee. After dinner you can head to the Martini Bar for a classic or contemporary version of the cocktail (your pick: dill pickle or toffee apple?) under a triple-decked chandelier.

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  • Published: December 2018