Celebrity Cruises, Bygg nr. J34-M34 ved Chantiers de l’Atlantique, 129,500 GT Cruise vessel "Celebrity Edge/Apex/TBN/TBN”

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Double order for Celebrity at STX France

The subsidiary of RCCL Groups places an order for 2 new-design vessels from the French shipyard which has a full orderbook

Celebrity Cruises has ordered 2 new-design ships from STX France St Nazaire; no price was given.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. signed a letter of intent to build a pair of 117,000 GT ships, whose delivery is due in fall 2018 and early 2020, developed under the project name EDGE.

The 2,900-passenger vessels will build upon modern luxury experience of Millennium- and Solstice-class vessels; Project EDGE design is intended to deliver'small ship itineraries with large ship amenities. In fact the size is smaller than the Solstice series, the largest of which is the 126,000 GT Celebrity Reflection, which has one more deck than first 4 ships, all built at Meyer Werft.

“The addition confirms our long-term strategic plan of moderate capacity growth and continues the momentum the brand has achieved in the premium segment” said RCCL supremo Richard Fain.

“Project EDGE offers STX France the opportunity to again set a new standard for modern iconic architecture” commented Celebrity president Michael Bayley.

“This is a dramatic step forward in premium cruise ship design” outlined STX France managing director Laurent Castaing. “These vessels represent a significant leap forward in environmentally friendly ship design, benefiting from new technologies to drive significant fuel efficiency and an ongoing process to ensure the extensive use of sustainable materials”.

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Celebrity Cruises Is Getting 2 Additional Edge Class Ships

Celebrity Cruises parent company Royal Caribbean international Ltd. has agreed to order two more Edge class ships with STX France. The cruise line already has two Edge class ships on order to be delivered in 2018 and 2020.

The new Edge class ships will be a totally new vessel for the cruise line at 117,000 gross tons. The ships will have a passenger capacity of 2,900. The new ships announced today will be delivered in at the end of 2021 and 2022.

Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President and CEO, Celebrity Cruises said:
“Although our first Edge-class vessel is still over two years away from delivery, there has been a tremendous amount of interest around the new standard of style Edge-class will introduce, Solstice-class ushered in a new era of design for modern cruise ships, and Edge-class will not disappoint as the new generation of high style and design.”

Not much details is known about the Edge class but we can expect more over the coming months from Celebrity Cruises. Cruise Hive will keep readers updated on any new developments. Sister cruise line Royal Caribbean is also ordering another Oasis class ship which you can ready about here.

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Fra STX France



J34 "Celebrity Edge", K34 "Celebrity Beyond", L34 "Celebrity TBN" and M34 "Celebrity TBN"

In December 2014, RCL confirmed an order for 4 ships of a new class, the Edge Class, due for delivery in fall 2018 for the first unit and in 2020, 2021 and 2022 for the other ones. With this order, STX France confirms its ability to offer innovative ships being the state-of-the-art in terms of design.







Among the main innovations, the « Magic Carpet » concept will be one of the most attractive. This concept is a rising platform installed on the outer hull of the ship which will be used as a marina, a bar, an extension of the pool deck or a restaurant depending on the moments of the day or the level at which it is positioned. It will be able to host a hundred of people in a space the same size as a tennis court.

The cabin concept is another remarkable innovation designed by STX France, with the integration of its terrace inside the cabin thus enlarging its size.

Project being granted with a financial assistance in the frame of PIA (Investment for the Future) and supported by ADEME. Read more in section Our partners.

Main characteristics
Length: 315m
Breadth: 38 m
Gross tonnage: 116,000 UMS
Number of passenger cabins: 1,450 cabins / 3,200 passengers

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Fra STX France på Linkedin, oversatt fra fransk med Google Translate:

Vellykket utdokking av J34 - Celebrity Edge
Manøvren fant sted sent på kvelden den 22. januar med 7 taubåter. Skipet er nå i bassenget i Saint-Nazaire, Quai de Penhoët, hvor vil fortsette faser av ferdigstillelse. Levering i oktober 2018.


Foto: Ukjent via STX France
 

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Så kom samme melding på engelsk via epost:

Successfull transfer of Celebrity Edge

Saint-Nazaire, 22nd of January 2018 : the first Celebrity Edge exit - the 1st contact with water ou quelque chose d’approchant.

In the late afternoon, in Saint-Nazaire, Celebrity Edge left her mounting dock, heading to the port. The future top of the range cruise ship, a RCCL order, was transferred into reverse to the Vieux Môle. A true moving time, which followed the ship floating out. After an about turn to present herself in front of the Joubert dock, this 306 meters long cruise ship got to her outfitting on the Penhoët quay, towed by 7 tugs. An impressive manoeuvre, 7 months after the coin ceremony, which marked the beginning of her assembly.
This transfer was initially planned last week-end but was postponed on Monday the 22nd January due to bad weather conditions.

The ship is due for delivery in October 2018.
 

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Nok en flott artikkel fra Teknisk Ukeblad og Tore Stensvold

CELEBRITY EDGE
Cruiseskip med mobilt dekk til 13 etasjer: - Teknisk helt på kanten

St. Nazaire, Frankrike: Det er rundt åtte måneder til rederiet får overlevert Celebrity Edge fra STX France. Mye arbeid gjenstår. Likevel er en nymalt oransje stålkonstruksjon godt synlig på styrbord side. Det er «The Magic Carpet» - det magiske teppet.

Ideen til «The Magic Carpet» ble unnfanget på sjøen i juni 2014. Xavier Leclerq var da teknisk direktør på STX France og hadde med finske Harri Kulovaara, øverste ansvarlige for nye prosjekter, teknologi og innovasjon i RCCL, som eier Celebrity Cruises.

I svært mange havner og steder cruiseskipene går til, er det ikke gode nok havnefasiliteter eller for grunt til at skipene kan gå til kai. Derfor må et stort antall passasjerer gå fra skipet og over i mindre tilbringerfartøy, såkalte tenderbåter.

Logistikk og komfort
Det tar mye tid, er krevende og lite effektiv på de fleste skip. Harri og Xavier kom inn på temaet på en seiltur utenfor St. Nazaire en vakker sommerdag.

– Det var da jeg lanserte ideen om en stor plattform som skal gjøre det til en bedre opplevelse og vil fungere bedre logistikkmessig, sier Xavier.

Fra en logistikk- og komfortidé utviklet det seg til en attraksjon i seg selv med flere funksjoner.

– Det var en artig og nyttig seiltur, sier Xavier.

Fra en enkel plattform på dekk 2, ble konseptet videreutviklet til å bli en ekstensjon av flere dekk: En utvidelse av restauranter på dekk 5, luksusrestaurant på dekk 16 og utvidelse av bassengområdet på dekk 15.

Les meir på siden til Teknisk Ukeblad


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Celebrity Edge ready to leave for her 1st sea trials

Celebrity Edge, built by Chantiers de l’Atlantique for Celebrity Cruises left her outfitting dock yesterday to join Joubert dock from where she will leave tonight for her 1st sea trials.


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1st moments at sea for Celebrity Edge

Celebrity Edge left Chantiers de l’Atlantique yesterday evening for her 1st sea trials with 470 persons on board. About 60 tests will be performed during those few days to test all the systems under real conditions. She will returned at the yard on Sunday July 29th, where the work on board will be completed before her delivery to Celebrity Cruises.


Foto: Ukjent via Chantiers de l’Atlantique
 
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