Builder of Celebrity Edge, STX France has revealed more details about its groundbreaking features in an interview with Passenger Ship Technology – and said the initial ideas for the Magic Carpet and the Edge stateroom were conceived by the shipyard and were instrumental in winning the contract.
Concerning the Magic Carpet on Celebrity Cruises’ newbuild, STX France vice president of projects Stéphane Cordier told PST: “We have never seen anything quite like it on a ship before. It was a very substantial development and we worked with the vessel owners and with a large design group to investigate the full potential and the exterior design of the solution. The ambition was very high; the ship should be exceptional in every aspect.
“The name and the idea of the Magic Carpet came from us and was one of the reasons we got this contract. Celebrity Cruises wanted to do something exceptional about the way people board the ship and off-board during tender operations.”
STX France’s very first ‘prototype’ of the Magic Carpet – a transformative floating platform situated along the starboard side of the ship which travels 13 stories high – involved cones and rope on a parking lot, to get a feel for the dimensions.
Mr Cordier said: “Technologically it was nothing truly complicated, the main challenge was to integrate it on to the side of the cruise ship… we carried out a de-risking procedure to go through all aspects of the design.”
He said the decision to only use the Magic Carpet on one side of the ship led to an asymmetrical arrangement around the pool deck.
Concerning the staterooms, from the onset, STX France was able to propose full width glass openings with conventional balconies but also as an alternative with a window at the side of the superstructure. This is possible because of the unique structural architecture proposed by STX France which reduces the steel at the sides. This latter solution was finally adopted by Celebrity and further developed with the owner design team to include an internal glass bay window to create a true inside/outside space and to finalise all aspects of the design.
Mr Cordier said: “As the Edge design continues to be revealed, further examples of STX France’s ability to provide innovative and efficient design solutions meeting our client’s expectations will become apparent.”