The Cutting Edge

The next generation of cruise ships has moved from concept to construction as the first piece of steel was cut at the STX France shipyard for Celebrity Cruises’ newest – and boldest – ship.

The ship will be called Celebrity Edge, befitting the many daring design advances and innovations of Celebrity’s first new ship class since 2008.

Celebrity is also announcing today the name of Edge’s sister ship — Celebrity Beyond – signaling the incredible experience guests can expect onboard Celebrity Edge and the entire Edge Class, changing the way travellers see the world.

Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd., commented: “Edge Class is destined to be a trailblazer in modern luxury travel. The new ships will be on the cutting edge of innovation and the leading edge of design, so the ship names are spot on and offer a sense of how Celebrity Cruises is looking into the future.”

Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, Celebrity’s president and CEO, said: “We set the bar high for the architects and designers on Edge class, and we were rewarded with a stunning design. Cutting the ship’s first piece of steel is the traditional first step in the shipbuilding process, and I’m excited to see our dreams turn into reality over the next 24 months.”

Lutoff-Perlo added: “We are excited to reveal more details soon, and travellers, trade partners and enthusiasts alike will not be disappointed — this ship is going to be amazing.”

The company expects delivery of Celebrity Edge in Fall 2018. Celebrity Beyond is scheduled for delivery in Spring 2020, and the third and fourth Edge Class ships in Fall 2021 and Fall 2022, respectively.

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Seen in the photo, from l to r, Jean-Yves Jaouen, operations senior vice-president, STX France; Harri Kulovaara, executive vice-president newbuild and innovation, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd.; Richard D. Fain, chairman and CEO, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd.; Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, president and CEO, Celebrity Cruises; Laurent Castaing, general manager, STX France)