Celebrity Cruises, known for having some of the most stylish cruise ships at sea, just announced design details for their newest class of ships in almost a decade, and we knew it would push the boundaries.
Celebrity is among our favorite cruise lines for lots of reasons, especially because it feels more modern and luxurious than other cruise lines in the same price range. It's also more adult-oriented than some other, waterslide-and-arcade-heavy lines.
The new Celebrity Edge (which will launch in December, 2018) has some seriously innovative features, including a deck extension called the “magic carpet” that actually moves up and down the height of the ship. The cantilevered platform can lower and elevate, transforming into open-air dining by the sea, an extension of the pool deck, and a platform for tendering to shore.
There are also elevated hot tubs shaped like martini glasses. You’ll find two on the pool deck, as well as outward-facing private cabanas with 18-foot ceilings.
Want in? You can now book a cruise on the ship’s inaugural 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries for December, 2018. Prices start at $999 for an inside cabin, $1,199 for an oceanview stateroom, $1,399 for a balcony stateroom, and $2,599 for a suite. This is a bit more expensive than other, similar Caribbean cruises around the same time, but that makes sense for a brand new ship.
If that’s too far out of your budget, note that older ships in the line are more affordable. A 7-night Eastern Caribbean cruise on Celebrity Summit, for example, would cost you $479 for an inside cabin, $549 for an oceanview stateroom, $749 for a balcony stateroom, and $1,599 for a suite — just don’t expect all the snazzy new features.
More of those cool features: the first two-story running track at sea, which encircles the terraced pool deck and heads up to a rooftop garden. You can picnic in the garden (yes, there are real plants up there!) before grabbing a bite to eat or heading to a movie.
And, the accommodation options are innovative, too. Staterooms are 23 percent larger than Celebrity’s older ships, and you can book one with an infinite veranda, which means that -- with a touch of a button -- you can bring the veranda to you, creating an open-air space in your cabin. Suite guests get even more perks, including an exclusive area with its own pool, butlers, and specialty restaurant — so you can set sail in your own little world.