FROM THE BRIDGE
Just for you—your exclusive Captain’s Club Newsletter is here
Launching a new series of ship is a monumental effort. And aboard Celebrity Edge®, we’re making changes every day—to entertainment, dining, staterooms, and outdoor spaces—based on your feedback and suggestions
Q: What would you say is the biggest change made since Celebrity Edge launched in December of last year?
A. I don’t think there’s one major change. What we’ve been doing for the last four months is making little tweaks based on feedback we’ve been hearing. It’s those little tweaks that have helped improve the ship and the guest experience. Whether it’s frosting the bifold doors (in the Infinite Verandas), to looking at adding coffee tables to the Sky Suites, to making changes to our entertainment program, everything is open for consideration. You plan and plan and plan, but a first to series ship doesn’t come to life until you have 3,000 guests experiencing it, until you have 1,300 crew members working on the ship, then you see it come to life.
Q. Does Celebrity intend to install wind screens for the Magic Carpet and Roof Top Garden on Celebrity Edge?
A. As we were building the ship, we did a lot of wind studies, (I don’t do those, but we had a lot of engineers do that) and sometimes we judged the wind right and sometimes there’s other winds that come at us. We are looking at adding more protection for the wind on the Rooftop Garden for Celebrity Edge, as well as some sun protection. On Magic Carpet, we are looking to add some more wind protection on Celebrity Apex.
Q. Where did the idea for the Infinite Veranda come from?
A. We’ve been working on this idea for many, many years. The idea came from guest feedback and analysis we’ve done that said that on a typical cruise ship, a guest will use their veranda only about 20% of the time. There’s only so much footprint on a ship and when designing Edge, we thought how can we maximize every inch of the ship. If most guests were using the veranda only 20% of the time, then that becomes wasted space, and that’s where the idea for the Infinite Veranda came from. It allows for the stateroom to become bigger, hold a king size bed, and offer larger bathrooms with more storage.
Q. I’m curious if Celebrity is considering making the folding doors in the Infinite Veranda airtight to allow the AC to stay on?
A. That is happening. The bifold doors, when closed all the way, allow the air conditioning to stay on.
Q. What about putting black-out curtains on the folding doors of the Infinite Veranda to allow access to the veranda in the early morning without the risk of waking up your partner?
A. You don’t want to have too many curtains as they interrupt the airy openness of the space. What we are doing is testing frosting of the bifold doors, so that when you do close them it provides a little more privacy.
Q. What entertainment changes have you made on Celebrity Edge?
A. We have introduced new shows and tweaked others. We recently added Colors of Life to our theater, which features a man trapped in a black-and-white world until a mysterious muse helps him discover a more colorful way to look at life. In The Club, we now have Undercover, which offers a tantalizing exhibition of opulence and hedonism, and Mirage, a breathtaking aerial and circus-style experience. We've also added more Celebrity Life activities throughout the ship.
Q. Why are Captain’s Club benefits different on Celebrity Edge?
A. All our awesome member events, such as the Welcome Party, Senior Officers’ Party, and Wine Tasting will continue on Celebrity Edge, but we’ve made some enhancements. Firstly, the Captain’s Club Welcome Party will take place on embarkation day in Eden, so you’re the first to experience this truly unique venue. Also, given that our theatre is one of the most technically advanced at sea, we adjusted the backstage tour programming to give you a theatre technology experience. Due to The Spa’s unique design, space is limited. Therefore, Elite complimentary day passes are not available for the Thermal Suite. However, we’ve changed the loyalty discount from one-day use to multi-use on Edge, so you can try out a variety of different spa experiences and services throughout your cruise.
Did you catch Celebrity Edge on CBS News Sunday Morning? Watch here as Martha Teichner visited our Miami headquarters, spoke with Richard Fain, Chairman & CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., and took a tour of Celebrity Edge with Hotel Director J.P. Lamb and Captain Dimitrius.
Experience Edge for yourself with this offer featuring some of our best Europe itineraries. Get 25 bonus points✝ when you book back-to-back 7-night sailings on Celebrity Edge® in Europe plus save $100 on cruise fares.
To celebrate our first-of-its-kind partnership with ABT, we’re thrilled to announce this exclusive offer for Captains Club members. Experience America's National Ballet Company at the Metropolitan Opera House at the Lincoln Center during your trip to New York City. Don’t miss your chance to score 15% off tickets* on performances through July 6 using the promo code ABT2019. Visit ABT’s website, the Metropolitan Opera House Opera Box Office, or call 212-362-6000 to order tickets.
*Tickets are subject to availability
SWAN LAKE: A production “so rousing and so affecting that it is no wonder at every performance many people stand and cheer.” (The New York Times)
June 24 - 29
THE SLEEPING BEAUTY: Alexei Ratmansky’s inspired reconstruction of this classic ballet awakens the timeless story of love triumphing over evil.
July 1 - 6
JANE EYRE: "Choreographer Cathy Marston's contemporary reworking of the classic novel lends a new perspective" (The Independent) to the revered tale.
June 4 - 10
THARP TRIO: Tony and Emmy Award-winning Twyla Tharp brings us three iconic works including a cross-over ballet set to The Beach Boys.
May 30 - June 3
WHIPPED CREAM: A “candyland triumph” (The New York Times) in which sweets come to life.
May 24 – 29
With the official arrival of Celebrity Flora℠ to our fleet, we’re unveiling three new cutting-edge partnerships for the revolutionary new ship.
Naturally, sharing Celebrity’s passion for environmental stewardship was the most important factor in choosing a godmother for one of the most eco-friendly ships of its size in the Galapagos Islands. No one was a better match than Yolanda Kakabadse.
A prominent environmental leader and a champion of sustainable development and biodiversity preservation, Kakabadse is a former Minister of Environment for the Republic of Ecuador and a former president of both the International Union for Conservation of Nature and World Wildlife Fund International. She has dedicated her career to leaving the world a better place.
We had the opportunity to blend exploration and research by making Celebrity Flora the first vessel in the Galapagos to be equipped with cutting-edge oceanographic research equipment, known as Oceanscope. The program builds on our long relationship with University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, and it will benefit from Flora’s consistent itinerary to create a perfect way for scientists to gather and measure ocean circulation dynamics.
The system will track and map the region while measuring sea-surface temperatures and gathering data critical to the prediction of El Niño and La Niña. All findings gathered by Flora will become open source data – globally accessible to research – a first for scientists around the world and anyone with a passion for this information.
We also knew we needed to bring on a designer whose aesthetic not only drew inspiration from the region, but who also had a personal connection to this one-of-a-kind destination.
Ecuadorian-native Adriana Hoyos was the perfect choice. A renowned interior and furniture designer, Hoyos pulls inspiration from her heritage and extensive travels, and she highlights sustainable materials when crafting a new collection. Her one-of-a kind pieces can be found throughout the Discovery Lounge, Penthouse Suites, and the Marina, complementing the ship design with local elements.
Celebrity Equinox℠ captures the very essence of premium cruising. And after some extensive upgrades during her Celebrity Revolution℠, that's truer than ever before. To start, The Retreat® Lounge replaces Michael’s Club for suite guests and Zenith members 24/7 with complimentary beverages, gourmet bites, live entertainment and concierge services. Suites themselves, along with all veranda staterooms, are receiving new veranda furniture plus Celebrity’s eXhale™ bedding featuring the luxurious Cashmere℠ mattresses. Dining options have been refreshed. Craft Social takes the place of Gastrobar featuring more than 40 craft beers, an expert to guide you through them, and mouthwatering comfort foods. Qsine® with Le Petite ChefT™ and Friends 3D table animation replaces Silk Harvest. Outdoors, the Lawn Club will receive an oversized outdoor movie screen and six new cabanas. In a new partnership with the Frost Science Museum, we’re adding fascinating and fun STEM programs to Camp at Sea. And, finally, the hull will be repainted in a new shade of Celebrity blue. Equinox is due back in service starting June 1, 2019.
✝Bonus Points Offer:
✝ Captain's Club Member Bonus Points Offer ("Offer") applies to new individual bookings made between 5/11/19 and 6/10/2019 (“Offer Window”). Captain's Club Members Classic and above, ("CC Members") are eligible to receive an additional 25 Club Points when they book an Inside Stateroom or higher. Offer applies to Celebrity Edge sailings departing 6/15/19 – 8/3/19 that are booked as a back to back with the sailing immediately preceding or following. At least one of the two back-to-back-sailings must depart between 6/15/19 -8/3/19. Offer applies to each CC Member in a stateroom; limit one Offer per person. In addition, the Back to Back Savings Offer provides a $50 per stateroom savings for each 7-night sailing. Guest names must be identical on each stateroom booking. Savings will be applied to reservation within ten days of booking. Club Points will be added to CC Member's account within 30 days after conclusion of sailing. Valid membership number must be provided at time of booking. After the Offer Period, the offer will be removed from the booking if the guest cancels and reinstates the booking, applies a fare change, or changes the ship or sail date of the booking; certain other changes to cruise booking may result in removal of offers. Offers and cruise prices are subject to availability, cancellation and change without notice at any time. ©2019 Celebrity Cruises. Ships’ registry: Malta.