Today the next generation of cruise ships for luxury cruise line Celebrity Cruises moved from concept to construction, as the first piece of steel for Celebrity Edge was cut at the STX France shipyard.
Celebrity Cruises, a brand subsidiary of Miami-based cruise company Royal Caribbean Cruises, today celebrated the official start of construction of its first new ship in the new Edge Class of luxury cruise ships.
The ship will be called “Celebrity Edge,” befitting the many daring design advances and innovations of Celebrity’s first new ship class since 2008. The modern luxury cruise line is also announcing today the name of Edge’s sister ship, “Celebrity Beyond,” signaling the incredible experience guests can expect onboard Celebrity Edge and the entire Edge Class, changing the way travelers see the world.
“We set the bar high for the architects and designers on Edge class, and we were rewarded with a stunning design. Cutting the ship’s first piece of steel is the traditional first step in the shipbuilding process, and I’m excited to see our dreams turn into reality over the next 24 months.” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo. She continued: “We are excited to reveal more details soon, and travelers, trade partners and enthusiasts alike will not be disappointed — this ship is going to be amazing.”
“Edge Class is destined to be a trailblazer in modern luxury travel,” said Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO of 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.”
The two 117,000 gross ton cruise ships, featuring a length of 300 meters and a width of 38 meters, will be able to carry 2,900 guests in 1,450 staterooms.
Celebrity Cruises expects delivery of Celebrity Edge in Fall 2018. Celebrity Beyond is scheduled for delivery in Spring 2020, the third and fourth Edge Class ships in Fall 2021 and Fall 2022, respectively.