The first steel cutting has taken place for the construction of Celebrity Cruises brand new Edge Class ship, which will be named Celebrity Edge.
The first steel was cut at the STX Shipyard in France where construction of Celebrity Edge will take place and also that of her sister ship, Celebrity Beyond.
Delivery of Celebrity Edge is anticipated for Autumn 2018 whilst Celebrity Beyond will be delivered in Spring 2020.
In addition to these two new builds, there will be a further two Edge class ships entering service in Autumn 2021 and 2022.
Richard Fain, Chairman and Chief Executive of parent company Royal Caribbean Cruises was excited at the prospect of the new class of ship for Celebrity Cruises. He said:
“Edge class is destined to be a trailblazer in modern luxury travel. The new ships will be on the cutting edge of innovation and the leading edge of design, so the ship names are spot on and offer a sense of how Celebrity Cruises is looking into the future.”
Celebrity Cruises’ President and Chief Executive Lisa Lutoff-Perlo also exclaimed her excitement at the steel cutting for the new ship. She said:
“We set the bar high for the architects and designers on Edge class, and we were rewarded with a stunning design. Cutting the ship’s first piece of steel is the traditional first step in the shipbuilding process, and I’m excited to see our dreams turn into reality over the next 24 months. We are excited to reveal more details soon, and travellers, trade partners and enthusiasts alike will not be disappointed – this ship is going to be amazing.”
No details have been released as to the exact specifications of the new ship and her sisters.