Celebrity Edge shines spotlight on groundbreaking venue construction – others will follow
Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Edge will play an important role in introducing groundbreaking technology to the cruise industry for constructing and designing entertainment venues.
Perhaps the most innovative aspect of the ship, delivered last week by Chantiers de l’Atlantique, is its Magic Carpet, the world’s first cantilevered platform that reaches heights of 13 storeys above sea level. This brings focus to the concept of the multi-purpose venue, as not only is it an access platform to tenders but is also moved by a hydraulic system and acts as an outside venue, complementing different decks.
I believe this versatile platform will lead to other players following as it addresses several important themes. It offers enhanced tendering capacity as it can handle two tenders at a time. Therefore, the size of the platform is a milestone as it is too large to be recessed at the waterline level – as is usually the case – which is where the whole idea of the movable platform came from. Being able to cater for increasing number of passengers is more and more important as cruise ships become larger.
It is also a multi-purpose venue, again important as cruise ships become larger as venue size and passenger flow is ever-more important.
And of course, it also offers the ‘wow’ factor passengers want.
The multi-purpose theme and innovation when it comes to venues is continued throughout the ship, with Infinite Veranda staterooms which extend out to the side of the ship with a full cabin-width window opening vertically so that when in the open position, part of the stateroom becomes a balcony.
This highlights the way the ship has upped the game in terms of technology because, as Chantiers de l’Atlantique vice president of projects and ship performance Stéphane Cordier said, adapting the stateroom in terms of safety, comfort, HVAC and automation was a “real challenge and a game-changer in the industry”.
Another innovative multi-purpose area is the aft lounge, Eden. This space is surrounded by glass integrated with a helical ramp, which passengers can use to watch shows or look out to sea. And the Eden space can be used as a lounge, restaurant or showroom.
Mr Cordier summed up well the innovation of Celebrity Edge. “There are not many ships where so much effort has gone into the design of every single venue and that is what will make the ship really special.”
I believe this ship will up the game and pave the way for more technological breakthroughs when it comes to cruise ship venues.