This week, Eye on Travel broadcasts from on board the brand new Celebrity Edge sailing into Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Joining Peter is Richard Fain, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Royal Caribbean Cruises. Then, Gene Sloan, Cruise Editor at USA Today, explains why Celebrity Edge might be a game changer in terms of marine architecture, design, and function. Also joining is Coleen McDaniel from CruiseCritic.com and Arnie Weissmann, Editor-in-Chief of Travel Weekly. And Johnny Jet stops by with news of some little-known but must-have travel websites. There’s all this and more as Eye on Travel broadcasts from the new Celebrity Edge.
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Costas Nestoroudis, Captain of the Celebrity Edge, explains how the revolutionary architecture of the Celebrity Edge is going to change its passengers’ perception of the sea and cruising. The ship is designed in a way to bring the environment closer to its guests. The captain also reveals which innovation gives the ship aerodynamic advantage, save fuel and provide more comfort for its passengers. Ironically, it resembles the ships of Ancient Greece.
Brian Abel, Senior Vice President of Hotel Operations of Celebrity Cruises, talks Peter through the design of the cabins on Celebrity Edge. Everything on board is controlled by tablets. You can even turn your phone into the remote controller for your TV. He also shares what passengers most want in their cabins.
Johnny Jet, Travel Journalist, explains why it’s important to shop around when you pick a cruise (especially if you are a seasonal traveler) and gives his recommendations for the best deals.
Becky Thompson Foley, Associate Vice President of Entertainment of Celebrity Cruises, talks about entertainment on the Celebrity Edge. Guests can not only watch the shows but also physically feel them. She also reveals why its theater doesn’t have curtains.
Gene Sloan, Cruise Editor at USA Today, explains why the Celebrity Edge doesn’t look like a typical big cruise ship. In fact, some of the ship’s architectural features have never been done before. He also addresses the troubling concept of cruising that has never been resolved–the tipping.
Jane Woolridge, Business & Visual Arts Editor at Miami Herald, explains that there are different kinds of cruises for different types of passengers. Celebrity Edge is a great option for urban couples and culinary-oriented people.
Colleen McDaniel, Senior Executive Editor of Cruise Critic, gives her verdict on Celebrity Edge. Not only is the ship very “Instagramable,” but it also offers a highly creative dining experience. She also reveals what surprised her the most about the Celebrity Edge.
Richard Fain, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Royal Caribbean Cruises, gives an overview of the cruising industry and how it has been positively affected by the recent trend of people wanting to buy experiences rather than objects. That’s why when building cruise ships, it’s crucial to avoid the principle of “one size fits all” that’s common in other industries. He also discusses how to design a brand new ship from scratch and explains the importance of being environmentally-friendly.
By Alisa Sokolova for PeterGreenberg.com