5 Things You’ll Love About Celebrity Edge

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This post is sponsored by Celebrity Cruises who invited me on a 2-day press cruise so I could write about my experience! However, all opinions are 100% my own. 

I’m sure most of you have thought about taking a cruise vacation at some point or another. I mean, who wouldn’t enjoy luxurious settings, relaxing views of the ocean, and arriving to a new destination every few days? Funnily enough, I thought that cruises were not for me until I teamed up with Celebrity Cruises for my first one in January 2018. It completely rocked my notion of what a vacation should be like and for the first time ever…I felt relaxed during a trip. When I travel, I’m usually a go, go, go-kind of person. But when you’re on a cruise ship, you can’t help but relax while you enjoy your time in the sun imbibing, reading, and having fun. 

You can imagine my surprise when I received my invitation to come aboard for the inaugural sailing and naming ceremony of the newest Celebrity ship, the Celebrity Edge. I was super excited about hopping on a Celebrity cruise ship again and to be one of the first to experience such a beautiful ship was awesome! Alfred and I headed down to Florida in December 2018 for a two-night press cruise to see what the ship was all about. Let me tell you, we were pretty much blown away by the modern design, attention to details, and overall Celebrity Edge experience. The ship is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced and it seemed most attendees felt the same way. It’s such a luxurious ship! You feel as though you are hanging out in a floating boutique hotel. So let’s dive right into my favorite aspects of the ship so you can learn why you need to book a cruise vacation aboard the Celebrity Edge. 


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Andra Day performing at the Naming Ceremony
1) A Cruise Vacation With A Cause

One of my favorite aspects of the newest Celebrity ship, Celebrity Edge, is the fact the company wanted it to be modern in every way including standing for something more than just fun and indulgence. Celebrity has partnered with the Malala Fund, whose mission is securing safe and free quality education for girls the world over. As a feminist myself, this is such an amazing aspect of the way Celebrity Cruises works and the Celebrity Edge actually has a higher percentage of women in its workforce than any other ship out there. Women even serve in traditionally male-dominated roles such as within the navigational crew. Malala Yousafzai actually attended the naming the ceremony as the guest of honor and christened the ship by smashing a giant bottle of Badoit mineral water across the newest Celebrity ship’s bow. Oh  yeah, and Andra Day performed which made for a very powerful and moving tribute to women’s equality while celebrating the newest Celebrity ship. 

So, when you book your next cruise vacation aboard the newest Celebrity ship, you’ll feel great knowing your dollars are partially going to support girl’s educational initiatives across the world!

5 Things You'll Love About Celebrity Edge for your next cruise vacation - My Normal Gay Life Blog
Malala Yousafzai speaking at the naming ceremony.

5 Things You'll Love About Celebrity Edge for your next cruise vacation - My Normal Gay Life Blog
Relaxing at one of the many unique spaces!
2) Luxury At Every Corner

Of course, we can’t talk about the newest Celebrity ship without acknowledging the beautiful elephant in the room…luxury. Yes, the Celebrity Edge is the perfect venue for your next cruise vacation if you love luxury. As you walk around the ship, it’s easy to see no detail was left unexplored. The ship feels like an upscale, boutique hotel with an elegant design. In a word, it is hip and feels non-institutional. As you wander around the ship, you’re eyes are thrilled by a seemingly never ending parade  of artwork at both small and large scales. In fact, you can take a self-guided art tour while aboard and learn all about it. On top of this, the designers made sure to create a ship that feels open yet intimate all at the same time. With high-end finishes, you’ll discover many moments that simply wow you. Additionally, the ship places en emphasis on relaxation and you’ll find many places where you can hang out and do just that. But, of course, the newest Celebrity ship even focuses on impressing in these small intimate settings too. These unique spaces span the ship from top to bottom and you’ll have a blast exploring all of them. 

5 Things You'll Love About Celebrity Edge for your next cruise vacation - My Normal Gay Life Blog
The pool by night!

5 Things You'll Love About Celebrity Edge for your next cruise vacation - My Normal Gay Life Blog
Perfect Instagram Backdrop
3) Cruise Vacation: Made For Instagram

The Celebrity Edge is probably one of the most Instagrammable ships out there currently. Most people love taking photos during their cruise vacations and the Celebrity Edge certainly delivers on this front. From fun whiles painted with murals to crazy walkways resembling sharks to just a beautiful pool and hot tub setting, you’ll find no shortage of great picture-perfect settings to snap those memories. There are so many places and even art settings waiting to be snapped and posted across your favorite social media outlets. 

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5 Things You'll Love About Celebrity Edge for your next cruise vacation - My Normal Gay Life Blog
Perfect Stateroom with Infinite Veranda
4) Perfect Stateroom For Your Cruise Vacation

As soon as I walked into my stateroom, I knew there was something different and better going on here. The staterooms feel a little bigger because they actually are a little bigger. Celebrity Edge introduced the infinite veranda to all outward facing rooms. With an emphasis on the sea, staterooms are larger now because the balcony is part of the overall room. This makes the room approximately 20% larger than traditional cruise ship rooms. Floor to ceiling windows make the room feel open and you have the ability to convert your window into an open traditional balcony with the push of a button. Additionally, there is plenty of storage space in the room that is discreet further adding to the openness of the space. I loved the quality furniture and the bigger feeling bathroom. Another positive aspect of the rooms is the inclusion of USB ports for charging devices. So you won’t have to worry about not being able to charge your phone and other devices. Overall, I really enjoyed my stateroom. 


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Just look at that pool area!
5) Cruise Vacation: Relax By The Pool

No cruise vacation would be complete without a little relaxation next to a pool. The newest Celebrity ship has taken the concept of a pool area and turned it on its head creating a functional work of art. The indoor and outdoor pool areas are beautiful and delightfully photogenic. You’ll definitely feel relaxed laying next to the pool or hanging out in a hot tub elevated high in the air in it’s own tower. There is even a section of the outdoor pool that features lounge chairs inside it. So you can stay cool and sun bathe at the same time. If you’re hoping for time away from rambunctious children then you’re in luck! The solarium and indoor pool area is for adults only…no kids allowed! 

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Overall Review

Celebrity Cruises really upped its game with the launch of its newest ship, Celebrity Edge. The ship is sure to impress even the most experienced (and perhaps jaded) cruiser with it’s abundance of beautiful unique spaces perfect for photography and relaxation. Sparing no attention to detail, the ship is stunning and makes the perfect venue for an unforgettable cruise vacation. You definitely need to plan your next cruise vacation aboard the Celebrity Edge. Offering an intimate atmosphere aboard a large cruise ship is difficult but Celebrity Cruises managed to pull it off. You can expect anything other than the traditional aboard the newest Celebrity ship and I think that’s a good thing!

5 Things You'll Love About Celebrity Edge for your next cruise vacation - My Normal Gay Life Blog
Enjoying Tea Time!

 

Are you ready to book your next cruise vacation aboard the Celebrity Edge?

Disclaimer: I received product and/or payment from Celebrity Cruises in exchange for a fair and honest article about my experience. Although this post is sponsored by Celebrity Cruises, all opinions are my own. Please visit my disclosure page for more information. 

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J. Harvey

J Harvey is a travel writer based in North Carolina. With two masters degrees, he decided to forget working a normal 9-5 job and instead create a travel blog focusing on travel for a more inclusive community. He hopes to increase LGBT representation within the travel industry while inspiring others to travel in whatever capacity.

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