If you thought cruising couldn’t get any more luxurious than it already is, wait until you see The Retreat on Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Edge. This is a ship-within-a-ship, an exclusive enclave for just 320 passengers and it’s selling like hot cakes.
The Retreat was full for its epic 52-night repositioning voyage from Rome, Italy to Sydney last week and forward bookings are strong, says Laura Hodges-Bethge, President of Celebrity Cruises.
Speaking to LATTE onboard Celebrity Edge crossing the Tasman today, she said: “When our ships go on sale, they sell from the top down, all of the suite space is gone early in the booking cycle because our guests are really passionate about The Retreat”.
She says they love the private outdoor deck with its own swimming pool and jacuzzi, and they especially adore Luminae, the highest-rated restaurant in the Celebrity fleet.
“It’s phenomenal – our guests hardly venture out of The Retreat on their entire voyage. It’s their exclusive sanctuary where they are pampered by a private concierge and attentive uniformed butlers, with complimentary beverages and gourmet bites on hand,” adds Hodges-Bethlge.
She believes it stands apart from anything at sea, or on land, and after LATTE got to see it on a special tour, she may be right. Frankly, it’s eye-popping.
What’s more, there’s a sundeck for all suite guests. In fact, it’s an all-suites haven that features double-height Edge Villas with a living room and an outdoor hot tub.
“But, we’re not treading water. When we take delivery of our newest ship, Xcel in late 2025, that will be the fifth in the Edge Class series of ships”.
“We always try to put a cherry on top, so we’re already dreaming about what comes next in terms of our next class of vessels, from their size to all of the future benefits that they’ll have,” she added.
Dining on Celebrity Edge
There are 29 bars and restaurants on Celebrity Edge all serving cuisine mostly made from scratch.
“When we built the ship, rather than having one main dining restaurant, we have four of them now representing different regions of the world,” said Tim Jones, Vice President Celebrity Cruises’ Australia/NZ and APAC.
There’s Tuscan & Normandie, Cyprus & Cosmopolitan, all-inclusive complimentary dining, as well as Oceanview Cafe on deck 14 for outstanding buffets at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Cover charges in US$ apply at the seven specialty restaurants.
The 306 metre-long ship boasts plenty of gee-whiz technology such as The Magic Carpet – get on board and you’ll feel like you’re soaring over the ocean waves.
It’s a cantilevered floating platform that reaches a height of 13-storeys above sea level – the perfect spot to dine under the stars.
Each of the 918 staterooms has retractable floor-to-ceiling windows to let the outdoors in and each suite is bigger and better with more bathroom storage space.
Two iconic suites offer a Captain’s eye view of your journey perched above the bridge. For extra luxury, the Edge Villas feature two storeys and 360-degree glass windows for the ultimate ocean view. It also has a plunge pool.
There are balcony cabins featuring the revolutionary infinite Veranda – 90% of cabins are fitted with king-sized beds, and cashmere mattresses.
Daytime activities include wine tastings and cooking classes, outdoor games at the lawn club with its half an acre of real grass and the Vegas-style casino.
You’ll want a cruise that’ll leave lasting memories – Celebrity Edge does that, and more.
Lead image: The Iconic Suite offers panoramic views from front to back. And with over 2,500 square feet of indoor and outdoor opulence, Iconic Suites are also the most luxurious and largest in the Celebrity Cruises fleet.