NEW YORK -- The Celebrity Edge, a ship due in December 2018, will have a dramatic three-deck multipurpose space in the aft that will be enclosed by 7,000 square feet of glass.

Celebrity executives unveiled the new space Tuesday night at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden here, calling nature the design inspiration for the area, to be called Eden, that will span decks 4, 5, and 6. The decks will be connected inside the space by a serpentine observation ramp nearly 300 feet long.

Celebrity Cruises CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo said the space fits the "outward facing" guiding principal of the ship's design.

"It's all about the connection through all of the glass and volume of the space that connects people to the ocean or the port that we're visiting," she said. "It's very much in line with everything we've said about Celebrity Edge."

Eden is being designed in part by the Wilson Butler design firm, which also worked on the Two70 lounge on Royal Caribbean's Quantum-class ships. Like that lounge, also multi-story and in the aft, Eden will have different functions at different times of the day and night.

"It will be three atmospheres in one space," said Lutoff-Perlo.

In the morning, it is meant to be a low-key environment where yoga, a book or coffee and a croissant can be enjoyed with expansive views. 

After noon, Celebrity said Eden will become more playful, with hands-on enrichment seminars and tastings to strengthen guests' culinary prowess, cocktail-making skills and wine knowledge. The afternoon also features performances from sitar players to aerialists.

In the evening, Eden will be more of a restaurant and performance space. Servers called "Edenists" will deliver "a choreographed series of experiential culinary temptations," according to Celebrity. Performances and food will be coordinated by Variety Worldwide, creators of the "Queen of the Night" theatrical show. Variety Worldwide has been blending unconventional theater with dining and nightlife for years, Celebrity said, but Luftoff-Perolo said this type of "performance fused with culinary" was something Celebrity has never had on its ships before.

Served up here were some of the dishes cruisers might find in Eden, which will offer a prix fixe for an undetermined surcharge. Probably the most intriguing dish was an urchin and fluke appetizer served over a bowl with live goldfish swimming in it, served with shaved dry ice. 

Throughout the meal "Edenists" both served and entertained guests with dancing, acrobatics and audience participation, from having them come on stage to doing magic tricks for them at the tables.    

Eden is one of the ship's first interior public spaces to be revealed. Also involved in the room's creation is renowned designer Patricia Urquiola, who will contribute furniture throughout the space and design the Library of Plants, a vertical hanging garden behind Eden's bar that will be used for botanicals and garnishes in artisanal cocktails, exemplified here by a rosemary garnish on a rum concoction and "herb ice" served with a pepper-infused gin drink.

"Our search for partners who are as passionate about world-class design as Celebrity led us to the incredibly talented Scott Butler and designer extraordinaire Patricia Urquiola, who offered a fresh perspective and keen eye," said Lutoff-Perlo.

The Celebrity Edge is scheduled to make its first sailing on Dec. 16, 2018, from Fort Lauderdale.


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