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“The stage has no curtain,” the woman seated next to me whispered when we sat down in the new Celebrity Edge Theatre.
She was right. Not only does the new Celebrity Edge Theatre not have a curtain, the stage itself extends into the audience.
“This is a very different theatre than you are used to on a ship,” said Richard D. Fain, chairman and CEO of Celebrity’s parent company, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. “The in-the-round design puts everyone closer to the stage.”
I entered Eden several times and each time it looked different. In the morning, it was a good place to sit quietly, sip a Coke and go over my cruise notes.
In the afternoon, two dancers were offering interpretive movements, an aerialist twirled overhead and a sitar player created some mood music.
ABOARD THE CELEBRITY EDGE – Certainly the most talked-about dining experience on the new Edge is Le Petit Chef. Sort of like a movie that you eat. The basic theme is that four teeny chefs are competing to create the best culinary treat for a meal that I actually get to eat.
ABOARD THE CARNIVAL VICTORY – In my first day aboard the Carnival Victory, I noticed the lengthy food lines, packed swimming pools, crowded bars and difficulty finding seats to watch the nightly Dive-In Theater movies. But I also found a way to beat some of those lines – dine early.
I could write a book about what has been called the “most anticipated new ship of the year” but let me share a few – besides the Magic Carpet – of my favorite discoveries aboard the Celebrity Edge.
First the fast facts: the 14-deck Edge is the first ship designed entirely in 3-D. The Edge can carry 2,918 passengers and has a crew of 1,320 from 60 countries.
But some people are puzzled about that strange tangerine-colored thing on the side of the Celebrity Edge. Do you know what it is?
I’ll admit that it looks like a piece of construction equipment accidentally left behind on the ship. However, the colorful object actually has a purpose other than being an eye-catching design feature.
A hint – its name is the “Magic Carpet.”
Don’t look at the answer below until you’ve formulated your own response. Congratulations if you are correct. If not, might be time to book a Celebrity Edge cruise and experience the Magic Carpet yourself.
(Answer) That bright tangerine structure on the new Celebrity Edge is the world’s first cantilevered floating platform. It actually moves up and down on the exterior of the ship to reach heights of 13 stories above sea level.
Although it might look like lifeboat orange, Celebrity says the color of the metal mechanical structure is tangerine.
When it’s up on Deck 5, the Magic Carpet is a restaurant offering unforgettable al fresco dining as the ship glides over the glistening water below. When it is on Deck 14, it serves as a late-night bar.
When it’s down close to sea level on Deck 2, the Magic Carpet becomes a comfortable and fun way to board a tender for a shore excursion. Instead of the unpleasant process that happens on most cruise ships when boarding a tender, the Edge has a luxurious lounge where passengers can relax before stepping on or off a tender.
For those who thought the Magic Carpet may be a fancy elevator that passengers ride up and down – no way. Passengers will never be on the Magic Carpet when it moves. Nor will the ship cruise when the Magic Carpet is down functioning as a boarding area for the ship’s tenders. The Magic Carpet is not constructed to be seaworthy when the ship is moving.
By the way, those Edge tenders are large and comfy. No cramped hard wooden benches to sit on like some other cruise ships offer. The Celebrity Edge tenders have relaxing upholstered chairs, TV screens and large windows to watch the seascape coming and going.
When we returned from our short tender trip, we stepped off the tender onto the Magic Carpet where we were greeted with cold drinks and snacks. Hope other ships follow the Edge’s lead and make the necessary tender cruises for shore excursions a more leisurely and happy experience rather than the unpleasant cattle drive that many passengers dread.
Way to go, Celebrity Edge!
Photos and story by Jackie Sheckler Finch
Remember Peter Noone crooning “I’m into Something Good?” How about the Hollies firing it up with “Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress?” Or The Guess Who with “American Woman?”
The music, the memories and the spirit of the love generation will come together once again when the 2018 Flower Power Cruise sets sail aboard the Celebrity Summit from Feb. 24 through March 3, 2018. The cruise will depart from Ft. Lauderdale to Aruba and Curacao.
The Flower Power Cruise has been sold out ever since its first year in 2016. Cruises can be booked now with cabin fares starting at $1799 per person and include admission to all shows, meals and events.
“I was on the very first Flower Power Cruise in 2016 and let me tell you, it was like taking all of the great things about that special time and putting them all together in one place,” Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits said in a news release, “and that includes the people! I didn’t want it to end, so I’ll be back on the cruise again next year.”
During the cruise, concerts and “throwback parties” will fill the days and nights. Other performers scheduled are The Turtles, The Association, The Family Stone, Canned Heat, The Buckinghams, The Cowsills, Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels and more.
“The vibe and the spirit onboard is powerful,” Alan Rubens, Flower Power Cruise Executive Producer, said in announcing the lineup. “Everyone there is part of the same movement, shares the same ideology and loves the same very special music and culture, or should I say counter-culture? It’s an incredible, magical journey.”
The 2018 Flower Power Cruise will sail for seven full days and feature more than 40 live performances. Also offered will be celebrity-hosted interactive special events such as panel discussions, a wine tasting, game shows, trivia contests, a costume ball and ‘60s dance party.
A Make Love Not War vow renewal ceremony will be led by one of the onboard celebrities.
Cruisers also will have plenty of time to kick back and relax on the Celebrity Summit. Launched Oct. 1, 2001, the 2,158-passenger ship underwent a grand makeover and took to the high seas again in March 2016.
Photo courtesy of Celebrity Cruises
Remember bell-bottom pants, flower power and smiley faces popping up everywhere? John Wayne and Doris Day ruled the silver screen. And shows like Gilligan’s Island, Get Smart, Lassie and Gunsmoke were beamed into homes on small TV sets.
It was the ‘60s, of course. For everyone who was a part of the love generation – or for those who always wished they were – the 2016 Flower Power Cruise aboard the Celebrity Constellation will be revisiting those memorable years.