The new Celebrity Edge has officially arrived “home,” – Port Everglades’ Terminal 25 (T25) in Hollywood, Fla. – following the ship’s first-ever, 15-day transatlantic crossing.
Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., Richard D. Fain, said, “The arrival of Celebrity Edge today book-ends a major chapter in the growth of Celebrity Cruises. It’s the culmination of years of dreaming, designing and dedication to bring this magnificent ship to life. A new era is truly upon us.”
Viewing the momentous occasion from the bridge of Celebrity Edge with Fain, president and CEO of Celebrity Cruises, Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, added, “The completion of her first-ever transatlantic crossing and arrival at T25 marks such a historic moment for Celebrity Cruises. This has been more than four years in the making. The collaboration and effort between teams across the world all comes together in this incredible moment. I can think of no better place to be than with Captain Costas and the crew of Celebrity Edge knowing that we are sailing into the future, literally and figuratively, with this beautiful ship.”
Adorning the decks as Celebrity Edge entered the channel for the first time, more than 1,400 crew members waved to a sea of shoreside colleagues who gathered to welcome the ship and its crew to their new home.
After the arrival of Celebrity Edge at T25, Lutoff-Perlo and Fain hosted a grand opening ceremony in the revolutionary new terminal.
Brought to life in collaboration with Broward County’s Port Everglades, Bermello Ajamil & Partners, Inc. and Moss Construction, T25 melds a “stunning, warmly inviting design with unique technology, such as Expedited Arrival, which will make the check-in process absolutely seamless, as well as an interactive light wall art installation.” T25 also offers The Retreat guests a singular experience along the path to The Retreat, with an exclusive lounge, elevator lobbies, screening areas and private rooftop terrace.
Celebrity Edge begins its inaugural season sailing alternating seven-night eastern and western Caribbean cruise itineraries, with its Maiden Western Caribbean voyage departing on Dec. 9, and its Maiden Eastern Caribbean voyage departing on Dec. 16.
In spring 2019, Celebrity Edge crosses the Atlantic again to offer a range of seven- to 11-night Mediterranean sailings.