Yesterday Celebrity Cruises officially began construction of their newest cruise ship, Celebrity Edge. Company President and CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo cut the first piece of steel for Celebrity Edge in a ceremony at the STX France shipyard.
Celebrity Edge is a brand new class of vessel for the modern luxury line. It will carry 2,900 guests, roughly the same capacity as the current Solstice Class. However the line assure us it will boast an array of innovations, many of which remain a closely guarded secret for now.
The new Edge Class of vessel will be 295m/984ft long and 36.9m/123ft wide. It will be Celebrity’s first new ship class since 2008.
“Edge Class is destined to be a trailblazer in modern luxury travel,” said Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO of parent company Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. “The new ships will be on the cutting edge of innovation and the leading edge of design, so the ship names are spot on and offer a sense of how Celebrity Cruises is looking into the future.”
As environmental concerns grow ever stronger in the minds of travellers Celebrity Cruises promise the new Edge Class will deliver significant improvements. The class will benefit from new technologies that will reduce the environmental footprint of each ship. The Edge Class vessels will be more fuel efficient and make significant use of sustainable materials.
The modern luxury cruise line also announced the name of Edge’s sister ship, Celebrity Beyond. According to Celebrity Cruises the two vessels signal the incredible experience guests can expect onboard the Edge Class, changing the way travellers see the world.
Laurent Castaing, General Manager STX France said: “Everyone involved in Edge has embraced the challenge of making this new class of ships dramatic and special, and we take great pride in helping Celebrity Cruises take such a remarkable step forward in ship design.”
The company expects delivery of Celebrity Edge in the third quarter of 2018. Celebrity Beyond is scheduled for delivery in 2020. Third and fourth Edge Class ships have also been commissioned and are slated for delivery in 2021 and 2022 respectively.