It’s been over four years of planning and 23 months of construction, but Celebrity officially just took delivery of the much anticipated Celebrity Edge.
The ship was docked in the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France when the ceremony was hosted onboard by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.’s Chairman and CEO Richard D. Fain and Celebrity’s President and CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo.
The Celebrity Executive Team were also in attendance along with shipyard officials, including General Manager Laurent Castaing, and 1,377 crew members from 72 different countries.
Take a look at the moment from Celebrity below:
“The Celebrity team has done an outstanding job and I cannot thank the Chantiers de l’Atlantique team enough for delivering this game-changing ship and for their ongoing partnership,” said Fain.
“Their work continues to transform the way our guests experience the world.”
“Today is a very special day for all of us as we have been eagerly anticipating this moment for more than four years,” said Lutoff-Perlo.
“There are so many aspects of Celebrity Edge that are more groundbreaking than we could have ever imagined, and it is all a testament to the hard work, creativity and talent of everyone who helped bring this magnificent ship to life.”
“Thanks to the confidence Celebrity Cruises granted us and to the exceptional level of cooperation between our respective teams, we are proud to have designed and built one of the most innovative cruise ships ever,” added Castaing.
“This achievement demonstrates once again our capacity to deliver right on time ships of the highest quality to our most demanding customers.”
Following the Celebrity Edge check-signing and delivery ceremony, attendees made their way across the shipyard for the ceremonial keel laying of Celebrity Apex.
A 762-tonne block was lifted in the air and a lucky coin was placed on the dock before the block was lowered into position.
On November 6th 2018, Celebrity Edge will set off on her transatlantic voyage to her home port at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
The inaugural season will be spent sailing alternating seven-night eastern and western Caribbean cruise itineraries with her Maiden Western Caribbean voyage departing on December 9th 2018.
Her Maiden Eastern Caribbean voyage departs on December 16th 2018 then in spring of 2019, Edge will cross the Atlantic again to offer guests stunning vistas of the Mediterranean.
This will come in the form of seven- to 11-night sailings visiting iconic cities, including Barcelona and Rome.
Are you excited that Celebrity Edge has arrived? What are your initial thoughts for Celebrity Apex? Will either of these ships compare to your favourite from the fleet? Let us know below!