Fodor’s Expert Review
Celebrity Edge’s outward-facing design and stylish interiors shake up old notions of what a mainstream cruise ship should look and feel like. Built in 2018 to the tune of $1 billion, the expense is evident in the groundbreaking design, integrated technology, and quality finishings. The ship was the first of Celebrity’s newest Edge-class series of ships, a top-tier fleet positioning the company as the crème de la crème of premium cruise lines. Namesake Celebrity Edge was joined by Celebrity Apex in 2021 and Celebrity Beyond in 2022.Read More
Edge’s maiden voyage was in December 2018. It was out of service due to the pandemic from March 2020 until June 2021. The relatively short amount of time in active service means the ship still feels remarkably fresh and new.
Innovation, art, and sophisticated design distinguishes Celebrity Edge from others. A hive of notable architects and designers is responsible for this evolution. The interior was conceived by a team who had never done a cruise ship before; it shows, in a good way. They threw off the shackles of convention and brought the level of modern luxury you would find in a new city hotel or Las Vegas restaurant. Views are maximized and bring the outdoors in, allowing passengers to feel connected to the sea. Public spaces are spacious, especially the glamorous Grand Plaza, the atrium at the ship’s heart that spans three decks and features a dazzling LED chandelier rising above the Martini Bar. Of the 1,467 staterooms, 81% have verandas. Edge’s standard room, Stateroom with Infinite Veranda, feels like an urban condo and boasts floor-to-ceiling glass windows that can be opened.
Art is an integral part of the Edge experience. The ship is a floating gallery with a collection of over 4,000 artworks, everything from fine art photographs in corridors and every stateroom, to playful sculptures and large-scale installations. The art brings visual interest and whimsy without being messy or distracting.
Designed by Tom Wright, the British architect behind the iconic Burj Al Arab, the Magic Carpet is a glass-walled cantilever platform on the starboard side that can be moved up and down. When at deck 2, it’s a tendering platform. At deck 5, it becomes outdoor dining for Raw on 5 restaurant. All the way up, 13-stories above sea level, it’s a top-of-the-world bar/lounge. Wright also collaborated on the main pool deck, once again upending conventions with an outward-facing design affording magnificent views.
Edge is a state-of-the-art experience, complimented by the attentive service and fine food that Celebrity is known for. The premium price shows up in the details, big and small: a cold towel and refreshment at the gangway when returning from a shore excursion, Riedel glassware, and the option of anytime evening dining.
Celebrity Edge is for a more sophisticated traveler, one who appreciates the finer things in life, the quiet comfort of a well-designed stateroom and full-service culinary experiences, as well as the liveliness, social atmosphere, and stacked entertainment of a 2,918 passenger ship. It’s also a ship for world travelers. Celebrity Edge covers a lot of ocean sailing Europe, the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and Transatlantic. Most itineraries range from 8 to 15 days.