Celebrity Edge arrives at Florida home port
New ship Celebrity Edge has docked at its base in Florida following a 15-day transatlantic crossing.
The latest addition to the Celebrity Cruises fleet will operate during the winter from a new Terminal 25 at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale.
Celebrity Edge embarked on the 4,000-mile transatlantic re-positioning voyage from the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France, on November 4, with more than 1,400 crew members on board.
The ship visited ports in the Azores, Portugal, and Freeport, Bahamas, en-route.
The vessel’s maiden western Caribbean voyage departs on December 9, followed by the first eastern Caribbean sailing a week later.
Celebrity Edge crosses the Atlantic again next spring to run a range of seven to 11-night cruises in the Mediterranean.
Richard Fain, chairman and chief executive Celebrity Cruises’ owner Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, said: “The arrival of Celebrity Edge 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.”
Celebrity Cruises president and chief executive Lisa Lutoff-Perlo added: “The completion of her first-ever transatlantic crossing and arrival at T25 marks such an 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.”
Celebrity Edge will be joined by sister ship Celebrity Apex in 2020, and two additional ships in the Edge series will follow in 2021 and 2022.