For the first time in almost a decade, Celebrity Cruises is launching a new class of ships — the Edge — and it's no surprise that on a line known for stylish ships, they are debuting a variety of chic features.
Perhaps the most dramatic of all of the new elements: a moving, cantilevered deck called the Magic Carpet. The floating platform, which will have a full bar and host live music performances, changes position 13 decks above the ocean, and will function as a boarding platform on Deck 2 for tender services in some ports as well as a dinner venue on Deck 15 in others.
The technology being used onboard is exciting, including an innovative facial-recognition program that will allow guests to board seamlessly, as well as technology that lets you — similar to Carnival Corporation's already-announced medallion program — open your cabin door and order drinks and food with your phone.
The app will also contain the schedule for the week so that, instead of receiving the onboard event list for the next day at turn down the night before, you can see what will be happening each day of your trip well before you board — a real boon for travelers who like to plan ahead.
New innovations are also coming to the pool deck, which will have a 25-yard lap pool (the largest of any Celebrity ship), plus two-story hot tubs shaped like martini glasses, and six rentable poolside cabanas. Many of the deck chairs will be outward-facing, looking out at sea through 18- to 22-feet tall windows.
Kayla Becker is a New York City-based contributor to ShermansCruise and the assistant editor for the site.
Sherri Eisenberg is a New York City-based writer and editor. She is the former editorial director of ShermansCruise.