MIAMI — Celebrity Edge’s new dining options run the gamut from a sky-high venue cantilevered 16 decks above the ocean, to a fusion of technology, animation and dining with ‘Le Petit Chef’.
The 29 dining spots include four main dining restaurants, two Suite and AquaClass restaurants, seven new specialty restaurants, five complimentary dining venues, and 11 bars and lounges.
“Once again Celebrity Edge is solidifying, amplifying, and putting a superlative on our award-winning culinary experience, allowing our guests to explore the world without ever leaving their table,” says Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President & CEO, Celebrity Cruises. “From the amazing destinations we visit globally, to the local ingredients sourced to satisfy the visionary recipes created by our Michelin-starred chef, Cornelius Gallagher, we open up the world through our unique culinary offerings.”
Brian Abel, VP, Hotel Operations, Celebrity Cruises, adds: “We are known for our world-class culinary offerings – our guests tell us this is what sets us apart and the prestigious awards we win affirm that – and on Celebrity Edge, we’ve combined unique concepts, expansive menus, and incredible design to serve a platter of exciting new dining experiences never before seen at sea.”
Celebrity has redesigned the main dining experience on Celebrity Edge, to include four complimentary restaurants, each with its own design and ambience inspired by a specific region of the world. Menus in every restaurant feature signature dishes that are offered today across the fleet, which change nightly, and also selections of dishes to showcase the inspiration.
Tuscan Restaurant, a nod to Celebrity’s popular Tuscan Grille, features freshly made pastas, while Normandie Restaurant, a conceptual cousin of the brand’s French restaurant, Murano, will feature French dining.
In the Cyprus Restaurant – a nod to the Mediterranean and Celebrity’s Greek heritage – guests will enjoy flavourful Mediterranean fare. And the Cosmopolitan Restaurant will feature new American cuisine.
With Celebrity Traditional Dining, guests choose early or late seating, which allows them to enjoy dinner at the same table with the same waiter every evening. With this option, they will be assigned to one of the four main restaurants, while having the ability to experience the others upon request.
Celebrity has renamed its Celebrity Select Dining program Celebrity Select Dining Plus, now allowing guests to dine when and where they’d like to each evening; they can make reservations in any of the four restaurants at the time they wish.
Suite Class guests have access to a private restaurant, Luminae at The Retreat, which the cruise line calls “an evolution of the highest-rated restaurant in the Celebrity fleet.”
AquaClass guests will exclusively continue enjoying the clean, crisp flavors of the award-winning Blu, a spa-inspired restaurant.
Six new specialty restaurants include: Fine Cut Steakhouse; Rooftop Garden Grill; Eden Restaurant; Raw on 5 offering the best delicacies from the sea and beyond; and Magic Carpet, billed as a one-of-a-kind al fresco dining adventure with the best views at sea. When the Magic Carpet is positioned at the very top level it becomes an extraordinary, exhilarating experience known as Dinner on the Edge.
For breakfast and lunch Le Grand Bistro is reminiscent of a bustling boulangerie-patisserie, with handmade macaroons, artisanal cheeses and freshly baked bread. At night the lights are dimmed, and an entirely new experience is served; Celebrity is bringing the tabletop to life in partnership with TableMation Studios, featuring Skullmapping’s world famous Le Petit Chef, an animated 3D character who appears right on guest’s plates and prepares each course they’ll be enjoying right before their eyes. Celebrity says it’s “an immersive fusion of entertainment and dining like nothing guests have ever experienced at sea”, and Celebrity guarantees that, as the brand is the very first cruise line to partner with TableMation Studios and Skullmapping.
With five diverse complimentary dining offerings – including the iconic Oceanview Café, now featuring more live action stations, and Mast Grill, plus three completely new offerings – Grand Plaza Café, The Spa Café and Juice Bar, and Eden Café – guests have even more ways to experience the world-class cuisine on Celebrity Edge, in addition to the new complimentary four Main Dining offerings, says the cruise line.
The 11 bars and lounges on board Celebrity Edge include the iconic Martini Bar and the Eden Bar. Additional bars and lounges to be featured on Celebrity Edge include: The Retreat Lounge and The Retreat Pool Bar, both exclusive for Suite Class guests; The Theater Bar; The Casino Bar; The Club; Café Al Bacio; The Pool Bar and Edge Cabanas; Sunset Bar; and Il Secondo Bacio.
Celebrity Edge will spend its inaugural season sailing alternating seven-night eastern and western Caribbean itineraries before heading to the Mediterranean with a range of seven- to 11-night sailings from iconic cities like Barcelona and Rome in 2019.
Homeporting in Fort Lauderdale, Celebrity Edge sets sail Nov. 21, 2018. Bookings are now open including dining reservations. Celebrity Edge will be joined by three sister ships in 2020, 2021 and 2022.