Wow! I just got an update from Celebrity Cruises about Celebrity Edge, the cutting-edge ship set to debut in November. The update was all about dining options, one of my favorite topics, and all the cuisines, spices and tools under the direction of Michelin-starred chef Cornelius Gallagher.
They even sent heady cooking spices, a spoon, a denim apron, cake tester, palette knife and Swiss peeler to show how the chef works. Only wish they’d sent along the chef to cook for us.
No longer a blip on the distant horizon, the 2,918-passenger Celebrity Edge is the cruise line’s billion-dollar baby — yep, that’s how much it cost to build — with lots of wow factors and innovations defined by state-of-the-art touches and dramatic 3-D designs.
Revolutionary staterooms go beyond boundaries of traditional ship stateroom balconies by creating closer connections to the ocean. The 1,000 Edge Staterooms with Infinite Verandas turn guest quarters into a seamless space with windows that retract to the ceiling at the touch of a button. With the touch of another button, passengers can take complete control of their stateroom and personalize everything from lighting, shades and temperature to service — guests can even choose a setting to tuck them in or gently wake them.
“From the amazing destinations we visit globally to the local ingredients sourced to satisfy the visionary recipes created by our Michelin-starred chef, Cornelius Gallagher, we open up the world through our unique culinary offerings,” Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, president of Celebrity Cruises, said in a statement.
Dining options on Celebrity Edge
Celebrity Edge will feature more dining venues than you can knock off in a single cruise — 29 in all.
Tuscan Restaurant, a nod to Celebrity’s much-loved Tuscan Grille, will satisfy even the most insatiable cravings with featured Italian-inspired dishes, including freshly made pastas.
Normandie Restaurant, a conceptual cousin of the brand’s French restaurant Murano, will feature fascinating French offerings.
In the Patricia Urquiola-designed Cyprus Restaurant — a nod to the Mediterranean and Celebrity’s Greek heritage — guests will enjoy flavorful Mediterranean fare.
It’s all familiar in Cosmopolitan Restaurant, featuring new American cuisine. Together, the main dining menus offer Celebrity’s largest selection of dishes ever, plus regionally inspired wines, cocktails and dishes that are served nowhere else onboard.
Celebrity has renamed its Celebrity Select Dining program Celebrity Select Dining Plus, and Edge will allow guests to dine when and where they’d like to each evening. Passengers can make reservations in any of the four above-mentioned restaurants at the time they wish.
Suite Class guests have access to a private restaurant, Luminae at The Retreat, an evolution of the highest-rated restaurant in the Celebrity fleet, designed by visionary Kelly Hoppen.
AquaClass guests will exclusively continue enjoying the clean, crisp flavors of the award-winning Blu, a spa-inspired restaurant.
Fine Cut Steakhouse will serve up an upscale dining experience for dinner, with service that’s elevated to an art form and premium cuts cooked to guests’ preferences.
Guests dining at the Rooftop Garden Grill will enjoy mouthwatering backyard BBQ in a scenic venue at the top of the ship.
As previously revealed by Celebrity, Eden Restaurant is a place where dining is taken to new and exciting places, featuring a lively, open-air kitchen and menus that deliver sensory and experiential offerings served by performers known as Edenists.
Take the Magic Carpet to visit Raw on 5
Raw on 5 offers the best delicacies from the sea and beyond — think the best blend of St. Tropez and New England seafood. When visited by the Magic Carpet, the world’s first cantilevered, floating platform that reaches heights of 13 stories above sea level, it becomes a one-of-a-kind al fresco dining adventure with the best views at sea. When the Magic Carpet is positioned at the very top level, it becomes an extraordinary, exhilarating experience known as Dinner on the Edge.
For breakfast and lunch, Le Grand Bistro is reminiscent of a bustling boulangerie-patisserie, with handmade macaroons, artisanal cheeses and freshly baked bread available on the go.
At night the lights are dimmed and an entirely new experience is served; Celebrity is bringing the tabletop to life in partnership with TableMation Studios, featuring Skullmapping’s world-famous Le Petite Chef, an animated 3D character who appears right on guests’ plates and prepares each course they’ll be enjoying right before their eyes. It’s an immersive fusion of entertainment and dining like nothing guests have experienced at sea, and Celebrity can guarantee that, as the brand is the very first cruise line to partner with TableMation Studios and Skullmapping.
There are actually five eclectic and diverse complimentary dining offerings — including the iconic Oceanview Café, now featuring more live action stations, and Mast Grill, plus three completely new offerings: Grand Plaza Café, The Spa Café and Juice Bar, and Eden Café. Guests have even more ways to experience the world-class cuisine on Celebrity Edge, in addition to the new complimentary four main dining offerings.
Celebrity Edge will spend her inaugural season sailing alternating seven-night eastern and western Caribbean itineraries from Ft. Lauderdale before heading to the Mediterranean with a range of seven- to 11-night sailings from iconic cities like Barcelona and Rome in 2019.
Celebrity Edge will be joined by three sister ships in 2020, 2021 and 2022.
Interested in a cruise on this ship?
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