“Game-changing” cruise ship heads for Funchal
Jaime has been in touch to confirm that he is pretty sure that the Celebrity Edge will be making her Funchal debut arriving at 07:00 tomorrow morning, from Fort Lauderdale Florida on a “re-positioning” cruise to the Mediterranean where she will spend the summer before returning to the US Florida – Caribbean market for the winter season.
As part of the Royal Caribbean Group, she boasts some innovative features including a “Magic Carpet” movable landing platform for when using tenders to ferry passengers ashore.
From the beginning, Celebrity Edge set a new standard in the industry, as it was the first ship to be fully designed using 3-D technology. Described as “a masterpiece in engineering, Celebrity Edge’s construction shifted the traditional ship layout from an exoskeleton layout to an outward-facing endoskeleton design, “allowing the creation of staterooms with Infinite Verandas”, which not only provide breathtaking views of the ocean but are 23% larger than Celebrity’s current veranda staterooms.
Designers Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku designed the Grand Plaza, an open, three-story venue inspired by Italian piazzas and the heart of Celebrity Edge. The star of the Grand Plaza is the chandelier in the centre, which features over 3,200 feet of LED lights.
The Celebrity Edge is, in the words of its parent company, “game-changing.” Reviews observe that the truth of that remains to be determined as the game goes on, but critics agree there’s no doubt this new vessel is unlike any other mass-market cruise ship seen before.
Passengers: 2,918 at double occupancy
Total staterooms: 1,467
Length: 1,004 feet
Beam (width): 128 feet
Maiden voyage: November 2018
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