Following more than four years of planning and 23 months of construction at the hands of thousands of engineers, architects, artisans, designers, contractors, shipyard employees, and the newbuild and Celebrity Cruises teams, today the brand officially took delivery of Celebrity Edge.
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.’s Chairman and CEO Richard D. Fain and Celebrity’s President and CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo hosted a ceremony aboard Celebrity Edge, while the ship was docked in the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France. Celebrity's executive team were also in attendance, along with shipyard officials, including General Manager Laurent Castaing, and 1,377 crew members from 72 different countries.
Following the Celebrity Edge check-signing and delivery ceremony, attendees made their way across the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard for the ceremonial keel laying of Celebrity Apex, where a 762-ton block was lifted in the air and a lucky coin was placed on the dock before the block was lowered into position.
On November 6, 2018, Celebrity Edge will begin its transatlantic voyage to its home port at T25 at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The new ship's inaugural season will be spent sailing alternating seven-night eastern and western Caribbean cruise itineraries, with its first Western Caribbean voyage departing on December 9, 2018, and its first Eastern Caribbean voyage departing on December 16, 2018. Then, in the spring of 2019, Celebrity Edge will cross the Atlantic again to the Mediterranean, where the ship will sail a range of seven- to 11-night itineraries visiting cities including Barcelona and Rome.
Celebrity Edge will be joined by its sister ship, Celebrity Apex, in 2020, and two additional ships in the Edge Series will follow in 2021 and 2022.
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