The game-changing Celebrity Edge has finally arrived at her new homeport, Port Everglades’ Terminal 25 (T25) in Hollywood, Florida after a 15-day transatlantic crossing from her European shipyard.
“The arrival of Celebrity Edge today book-ends a major chapter in the growth of Celebrity Cruises,” said Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., Richard D. Fain. “It’s the culmination of years of dreaming, designing and dedication to bring this magnificent ship to life. A new era is truly upon us.”
President and CEO of Celebrity Cruises, Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, was with Fain on the bridge of Celebrity Edge as she entered port in the United States.
“The collaboration and effort between teams across the world all comes together in this incredible moment [after four years of planning],” she said. “I can think of no better place to be than with Captain Costas and the crew of Celebrity Edge knowing that we are sailing into the future, literally and figuratively, with this beautiful ship.”
Standard balcony cabin left and penthouse suite right aboard Celebrity Edge.
After the arrival of Celebrity Edge at T25, Lutoff-Perlo and Fain hosted a grand opening ceremony in the new terminal for the new ship.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the official grand opening of the first terminal designed exclusively for the Celebrity brand, which the cruise line has dubbed the new home of modern luxury.
Celebrity’s new T25 terminal melds warmly inviting design with unique technology, such as Expedited Arrival, which will make the check-in process more seamless, as well as an interactive light wall art installation.
T25 will also offer The Retreat guests an exclusive lounge, elevator lobbies, screening areas and even a private rooftop terrace.
Celebrity Edge has now completed her more-than 4,000-mile transatlantic delivery voyage from the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France, from which she sailed on November 4th, 2018.
More than 1,400 crew members were on board to test all the ships systems and public areas to ensure she was ready to receive paying guests.
Celebrity Edge now begins her inaugural season sailing alternating seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean cruise itineraries.
Her maiden Western Caribbean voyage will depart on December 9th, 2018, and her maiden Eastern Caribbean voyage will depart on December 16th, 2018, but both are already fully booked.
In the spring of 2019, Celebrity Edge will cross the Atlantic again to cruise the Mediterranean with a range of seven- to 11-night sailings visiting iconic cities, including Barcelona and Rome.
Celebrity Edge will be joined by her sister ship, Celebrity Apex, in 2020, and two additional ships in the Edge Series will follow in 2021 and 2022.