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VIDEO: What can travellers look forward to onboard Celebrity Edge this wave season?

Celebrity Cruises’ exciting new addition to the Australia market is set to shake up the cruise experience in local waters.

Celebrity Edge will pull into Sydney Harbour for the first time on 09 December.

Recognisable for the giant X on the ships’ funnels, the 15-strong Celebrity Cruises fleet will take Australian passengers ‘to the edge’ when it shows off its award-winning signature ship later this year.

Bound for our waters for the first time for a five-month season of six to 13-night sailings, the luxurious Celebrity Edge is expected to raise a few eyebrows through its innovative design, magical features, and an exclusive retreat within a resort at sea.

Little wonder Forbes Travel Guide ranked the cruise ship as the first and only to be star-rated as a resort at sea.

Launched in 2018 as Celebrity Cruises’ first new ship in a decade, the Celebrity Edge with its multi-purpose cantilevered side platform, the Magic Carpet, is a refreshing, classy addition to world cruising.

The Magic Carpet platform not only allows for swift embarkation and tendering, but it also converts to an alfresco expansion of the ship’s Lido deck for a ‘dinner on the edge’ experience.

Much focus is directed on the range and spaciousness of the suites and staterooms and the contemporary features that go with them.

The Magic Carpet can be a restaurant, an al fresco lounge or an embarkation deck.

Among the ground-breaking highlights are the Infinite Veranda staterooms which, with the push of a button, “erases the boundaries between indoor and outdoor living”.

Guests simply transform their staterooms into an open space to take in the sea breezes from the room. The concept of these staterooms is to also allow for extra space.

The Celebrity Edge also has spa-inspired AquaClass staterooms, which are said to offer a fully immersive, next-level wellbeing experience.

Guests in these rooms are offered a healthy cuisine menu at an exclusive restaurant, Blu, and have swift access to the SEA Thermal Suite, a spa concierge, a complimentary fitness pass and preferential rates on AquaClass spa packages, just to mention a few benefits.

Celebrity Edge gets its name by bringing the balcony right to the room.

Said to be much more than a room, the spacious Concierge Class staterooms are set aside, complete with dedicated professionals, to take care of the guest’s needs and requests as a concierge would do at a hotel.

At the heart of Celebrity Edge is The Retreat - an exclusive haven for guests in suites - with its own restaurant – Luminae – stylish lounge and sundeck with private pool.

Among categories of suites (with access to The Retreat) are the two-bedroom Iconic Suites above the ship’s bridge, the lavish Sky Penthouse, Celebrity and Royal Suites and the Edge Villas, a split-level design with private plunge pools and access to the Retreat Sundeck.

The Retreat is an exclusive 'resort within a resort' section of the ship.

Celebrity Cruises Vice President and Managing Director Australia, New Zealand and Asia-Pacific, Tim Jones, described the Celebrity Edge’s arrival as a game changer.

“The features and refined design have established a new baseline for ships,” Jones said.

“Celebrity Edge is one of the most exciting, innovative and transformational ships I have ever sailed on.”

From December this year until April 2024, Celebrity Edge will whisk up to 2,918 passengers per voyage on 12 sailings along the Australian and New Zealand coastlines, along with the South Pacific islands, with Sydney and Auckland being its homeports.

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Written by: Mike Smith
Published: 27 June 2023

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