On Saturday, the Celebrity Edge sailed from Sydney for the first time, embarking on a 12-night journey across New Zealand’s coasts, breathtaking fjords, and vibrant cities. New Zealand’s South Island is home to the breathtaking Dusky, Doubtful, and Milford Sounds, as well as a night in Auckland, a wine tasting in Napier, the picturesque Dunedin, and more.
This is the first of 12 itineraries planned for the summer season in Australia, which runs from now to April 2024 and is meant to indulge guests in the delights of Australia, New Zealand and the tropical South Pacific. Guests can choose from a variety of six- to thirteen-night itineraries that visit a staggering 22 ports, with departures from Sydney and Auckland.
“Celebrity Edge is widely regarded as one of the most innovative cruise ships on earth, shattering perceptions of cruising with a number of firsts on board for a cruise ship,” said Laura Hodges Bethge, President of Celebrity Cruises. “Her arrival in this region is a moment for celebration not just for Celebrity Cruises but for guests as well.”
“There’s no better way to experience what this region has to offer, and we’re so excited to bring such a special holiday experience Down Under,” she added.
“After much anticipation, the moment we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived!” said Tim Jones, Celebrity Cruises Vice President and Managing Director of Australia and APAC. “More than a cruise ship, Celebrity Edge offers a remarkable experience that stands apart from anything else at sea. With its contemporary interior and outward-facing design, travellers will have unparalleled views of the sea and the destinations they visit as they immerse themselves in this beautiful part of the world.”
The ship’s most notable features are its transformational accommodations, including sophisticated two-story villas with plunge pools and staterooms with Infinite Verandas. Designed by Kelly Hoppen CBE, redefine luxury with seamless indoor-outdoor living and stunning sea views.
The ship’s culinary options are equally exceptional, with 29 distinct restaurants, bars, and lounges serving globally inspired menus created by a Michelin-starred chef.
With a 22,000-square-foot spa and a range of beauty and exercise facilities, guests can rest assured that their welfare is prioritised, while unique attractions like Eden and The Magic Carpet provide innovative dining and entertainment experiences.
Itineraries that highlight New Zealand’s North and South islands, an exclusive gin-centric sailing to Tasmania, overnight calls in places like Cairns, Hobart, and Auckland, and a new port at Kangaroo Island are just a few of the attractions of the 2023–24 season.
A South Pacific itinerary promises sun-soaked days on idyllic islands, while an Australian Wine cruise offers a journey through the country’s renowned wine regions.