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‘New cruise era upon us’ as Celebrity Edge arrives at her T25 homeport in Florida - with VIDEO

The day has finally arrived. Celebrity Edge officially came to life in her new home at Port Everglades’ Terminal 25 (T25) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, today, following the ship’s first-ever, 15-day transatlantic crossing.

And Richard D. Fain, chairman of Royal Caribbean Cruises, proclaimed “a new era is truly upon us”, adding: “The arrival of Celebrity Edge today book-ends a major chapter in the growth of Celebrity Cruises. It is the culmination of years of dreaming, designing and dedication to bring this magnificent ship to life.”

Celebrity Edge arrives in Port Everglades
Celebrity Edge makes her entrance in Fort Lauderdale to prepare for her first cruise on 9 December

Viewing this momentous occasion from the bridge of Celebrity Edge with Fain, Celebrity’s president Lisa Lutoff-Perlo said: “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 excited crew members waved to a sea of shoreside colleagues who gathered to welcome the ship and her crew to their new home at an exclusive welcome event hosted at the Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center.

After the ship’s arrival, Lutoff-Perlo and Fain then hosted a grand opening ceremony in the revolutionary new terminal. Attended by key brand executives and local officials, the ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the official grand opening of the first terminal designed exclusively for Celebrity Cruises, dubbed the new home of modern luxury.

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.

Celebrity Edge embarked on the more-than 4,000-mile transatlantic voyage from the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France, on 4 November, visiting the Azores, Portugal, and Freeport, Bahamas, en route.

Celebrity’s new flagship begins her inaugural season sailing alternating seven-night eastern and western Caribbean cruise itineraries, with her Maiden Western Caribbean voyage departing on 9 December, and her Maiden Eastern Caribbean voyage departing on the 16th.

Posted on 19th November 2018 at 06:29 pm in Cruise News | New Ships | Cruise Lines | Celebrity Cruises |

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