Celebrity Cruises video explaining Eden
Celebrity Edge passengers will be tempted to be ‘playful’ and ‘sinful’ in a three-storey venue called Eden, it was announced today.
The area – which will have ‘the largest window at sea’ with 7,000 square feet of glass – transforms from a ‘chillful’ lounge in the morning to a ‘playful’ performance area in the afternoon and a ‘sinful’ restaurant in the evening.
The night ends with passengers tempted upstairs past the Tree of Life – inspired by the living tree installations on Solstice Class ships – to the Eden Bar, with its 18ft-high Library of Plants offering fresh ingredients and garnishes for cocktails, a press conference at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens in New York was told.
‘Eden, like so many aspects of Celebrity Edge, represents a unique advance in cruise ship design,’ said Richard Fain, chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises. ‘It’s an experience that’s multi-faceted and innovative. Connectivity to the ocean is one of the most exciting hallmarks of Edge Class, and with more glass than any other room at sea, Eden embodies that outward-facing concept beautifully.’
Activities during the day could include morning yoga, or just coffee and a book, followed by cocktail or cooking classes and wine tastings in the afternoon. Entertainment will be provided by sitar players, aerial dancers and other acts
As the sun sets, Eve at Eden is described as ‘a sinful fusion of performance art, culinary exploration and nightlife’ in the Eden restaurant. The experience will be ‘magical and magnificent’, said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, the president and CEO of Celebrity Cruises.
‘When people think of traditional cruise ship entertainment, there’s a very specific image that they have in mind, but the exciting thing about Eden is we’ve actually been invited to break so many of those rules,’ said David Ley, director of Variety Worldwide, which created the new experience.
Patricia Urquiola, who worked on some of the key features of Eden, including the Library of Plants and hanging plant pillars, said: ‘I wanted to design a dynamic environment that changes from morning to night, so guests experience something new every time they visit.’
Celebrity Edge, launching in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in December 2018, will the first of four Edge-class ships, with the three sisters joining her in 2020, 2021 and 2022.
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