Eden exemplifies the innovative outward-facing design of the new Edge Class ships. The first of these vessels, Celebrity Edge, launching in December 2018, reimagines what it means to be connected to the sea and transforms how guests experience each destination. The scale of Eden, measuring 368,640 cubic ft., is bigger than the Hayden Planetarium in New York City, and Eden's area, at 12,650 sq. ft., is larger than the Van Gogh Museum atrium in Amsterdam.
Three innovators partnered with Celebrity to help create this dramatic, multi-story venue, including veteran Scott Butler of Wilson Butler Architects and internationally renowned designer Patricia Urquiola—who has never designed a venue at sea before. Celebrity also engaged Queen of the Night creators Variety Worldwide, who have been blending unconventional theater with dining and nightlife for years. The result is an individualized, ever-evolving theatrical journey that puts guests at the epicenter of the performance.
"Eden, like so many aspects of Celebrity Edge, represents a unique advance in cruise ship design," said Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. "It's an experience that's multi-faceted and innovative. Connectivity to the ocean is one of the most exciting hallmarks of Edge Class, and with more glass than any other room at sea, Eden embodies that outward-facing concept beautifully."
Eden—A Transformational Venue: Chillful. Playful. Sinful.
As dinner comes to an end, guests will be prompted by sensory cues to tempt them back upstairs, past the Tree of Life—the continuation of tradition and evolution of the iconic living tree installation onboard Celebrity's heralded Solstice Class ships—to Deck 5. Here, the Library of Plants towers 18-feet above Eden Bar, offering its bounty of fresh ingredients and garnishes for hand-crafted, artisanal cocktails.
Eden's breathtaking design by Scott Butler was inspired by the golden spiral as generated by the Fibonacci sequence. Represented in nature through the bloom of a rose or the curl of a snail's shell, the golden spiral is brought to life through the thoughtfully crafted architecture of the venue. Eden has a 90-meter ramp enveloping the space enabling guests to meander through the space on a serpentine journey of discovery. Patricia Urquiola designed some of the key features of Eden, including the towering Library of Plants and the impressive hanging plant pillars. Her signature furniture is also used throughout the space.
Celebrity Edge will homeport in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, making her first sailing Dec 16, 2018. Bookings are open at CelebrityCruises.com/Edge.
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