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Redefining Modern Luxury

I was fortunate enough to join Celebrity Cruises new ship – Celebrity Edge at Southampton with more than 900 other Trade Partners.  I got to experience her innovative features first-hand.  Many new features include suites with open-air plunge pools and 270-degree views, an outdoor Rooftop Garden, a ‘Magic Carpet’ dining area suspended from the side of the ship and the three-deck dining and entertainment space, ‘Eden’.

This ship is so unlike many other cruise ships and cutting-edge for Celebrity. Edge class is setting a new standard of luxury.   

 

 WOW FACTOR DINING

The 4 main restaurants are all complimentary and the overall dining experience is quite exceptional. You can eat somewhere different every night, with a very different atmosphere and menu choice in each.  We ate at the Cosmopolitan restaurant for 1 breakfast, lunch and dinner. We also ate lunch at the buffet restaurant and the Normandie for dinner 1 night.  All meals were of a 1st class standard with very friendly and helpful staff throughout.  There is an option to pay at various other restaurants which average $55.

                                     

27% BIGGER STATEROOMS AND OUTWARD FACING DESIGN

I stayed in the infinite balcony stateroom décor was perfect being both modern and on trend – thanks to award-winning designer, Kelly Hoppen’s collaboration with Celebrity. Don’t forget to download the App which allows you to control the lights, temperature, TV and much more besides – all from your phone.

We viewed all the other cabins and suites.  What really amazed us, was the space, no matter whether you stay in an inside cabin or a suite.  The suites were out of this world. It really is different! Everything is designed to make the destination the focus of attention. What really amazed us was how it feels a lot more spacious inside, with more floor-to-ceiling windows than on other ships, making the ceilings feel higher. Whether you stay in an inside cabin or a suite.  Some suites even have a plunge pool or jacuzzi.

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

It’s a ship that invites you to enjoy the outdoors at sea as never before. You can chill on the Rooftop Garden, a place to chill, with the vibe changing throughout the day. My favourite cocktail was the Mango Daquiri in the afternoon, listening to live music and ocean views from the pool area and the martini glass hot tub. The beautiful butterfly statue next to the pool is probably the most photographed area around the ship.

                        

A PARADISE CALLED EDEN

Glass-encased Eden must be the most inspiring and imaginative venue on the oceans today – a bright and airy space where Chillful mornings, Playful afternoons and Sinful evenings are all on the menu. Here you’ll find a bar next to a Living Wall of plants, a stylish café for leisurely breakfast bites, and a speciality restaurant designed to thrill all your senses. And that’s just a taste.

FLYING THE MAGIC CARPET

I couldn’t believe how spacious the Magic Carpet was in real life. This engineering marvel changes station up the ship’s side, becoming a new venue at each deck it stops at.  It also acts as a bar and a casual seafood restaurant alongside Raw on 5.  When on deck 2 it is a brand-new way to embark/disembark.

 MIND-BLOWING ENTERTAINMENT

I had the chance to enjoy world-class shows – With amazing singers, dancers and acting at the Theatre.  The stage area was amazing, immersing you in the entertainment like never before.  With 4 stages and 3 moving backdrops.  I also had a great laugh listening to a comedian 1 night and a 1920’s show with Aerialists in ‘The Club.’  We really enjoyed the atmosphere in the evening around the Grand Plaza, spanning over 3 floors with entertainment, centred around the Champagne Bar with live music.  The vibe around this area, I felt was the main hub of the evening from approximately 5 pm.

THE RETREAT

The retreat is an area exclusive to suite guests which is quieter, relaxing and had great views.  It offered further luxury, with deluxe sunbeds, small pool, private bar and access to the Luminae restaurant.

CAMP AT SEA

Although there weren’t really any children on-board, I managed to have a look around the kid’s club areas.  From babies to teenagers, they have activities to suit.

SPA/ACTIVITIES

If you are spending the day at sea, there are plenty of activities to keep you entertained.  You can enjoy the latest in Spa innovation or the adults-only indoor solarium, which was very spacious, with loads of sunbeds.  Aquaclass guests and up can enjoy the spa area free of charge.  There are lots of activities to take part in around the ship.  We even took part in a laser quest.

IN SUMMARY

I have the most amazing 2 days trip, I would recommend this to anyone looking for a luxury cruise, with innovative features, contemporary feel.  I feel it attracts an under 60-year-old market or the young at heart.  So, if this is something you think you would like to holiday on, please get in touch.

Julie.Batchelor@BrilliantTravel.co.uk